BATI

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By MELA KATONIVUALIKU Pho­tos by IVAMERE ROKOVESA thank God for Bola’s life and the fact that he never gave up on his dream.” Bola spent four years in Aus­tralia play­ing rugby league for Tum­barumba Club, then re­turned to Fiji and con­tin­ued play­ing for Nabua Bron­cos. Bola had made it into the na­tional rugby league team af­ter be­ing one of the two lo­cal Fiji Res­i­dent play­ers who played against the Over­seas Bati on Oc­to­ber 7. Bola and his fel­low Nabua Bron­cos play­mate Pio Seci were the only two lo­cal play­ers drafted into the na­tional side. Just a week af­ter his se­lec­tion, Bola made his de­but as a Fiji Bati play­ing his first game against Pa­pua New Guinea’s Ku­muls in the Pa­cific Tri-Se­ries opener. Ku­muls won 10-0 against the Fiji Bati. Bola said his de­but in the game against Ku­muls and the cham­pion Kan­ga­roos side from Aus­tralia was an eye opener for him. “Play­ing with over­seas based play­ers like the Naiqama broth­ers, Kane Evans and Jar­ryd Hayne, I have really learnt a lot.

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