Bat­tle of the Zone Champs at the Coke Games

mailife - - Contents - By JOHN MITCHELL

Judg­ing from re­sults achieved from the coun­try’s var­i­ous zones, this year’s an­nual Coca-Cola Games is shap­ing up to be an­other com­pet­i­tive and mem­o­rable sports event. De­fend­ing girls and boys cham­pi­ons, AdiCakaobau School and Natabua High School are ex­pected to ag­gres­sively pro­tect their ti­tles. But hot on their heels will be zone pow­er­houses from Tailevu, Nas­inu/Nausori/Naitasiri (Triple N, Suva II and Lau­toka. The games, hailed by many as the big­gest and most spec­tac­u­lar high school sport­ing event in the Pa­cific will be held in Suva from Thurs­day19 April 19 to Satur­day 21 April. The Fiji Se­condary Schools Ath­let­ics As­so­ci­a­tion (FSSAA) was hop­ing to hold the three day event in Lau­toka but lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenges have moved it back to Suva. Here is a quick look at how schools com­ing to the Fiji Fi­nals fared in during the zone, with em­pha­sis on medal haul and se­nior sprint times.

SUVA ZONE 2

Marist Brothers High School and Saint Joseph’s Se­condary School suc­cess­fully de­fended their ti­tles in the zone meet. Marist won the Boys Di­vi­sion with 28 gold medals, 23 sil­ver and 17 bronze. Suva Gram­mar School fin­ished sec­ond with 20 gold, 19 sil­ver and 14 bronze while Gospel High School fin­ished third with 1 gold, 6 sil­ver and 12 bronze. In the Girls Di­vi­sion, Saint Joseph’s Se­condary School won 25 gold, 17 sil­ver and 15 bronze, Suva Gram­mar School fin­ished in sec­ond place with 13 gold, 17 sil­ver and 7 bronze while Be­qaYanuca Se­condary School fin­ished in third place with 2 gold, 2 sil­ver and 1 bronze. Tony Le­meki of Marist Brothers High School won the Se­nior Boys 100 me­tres fi­nal with a man­ual time of 10.86 sec­onds. Malase­beTu­vusa of Suva Gram­mar School set­tled for sec­ond place with a man­ual time of 10.89 sec­onds but man­aged to win the se­nior boys 200 me­tres. Mere­oniNaitau of Lo­mary Se­condary School won the Se­nior Girls 100 me­tres fi­nal with a man­ual time of 13.35 sec­onds. Naitau also won the se­nior girls 200 me­tres fi­nal. In other grades, Jo­se­vaTabakau­coro of Marist Brothers High School won the 100 me­tres In­ter­me­di­ate Boys fi­nal with a man­ual time of 10.72 sec­onds. Heleina Young of Saint Joseph’s Se­condary School won the In­ter­me­di­ate Girls 100 me­tres with a man­ual time of 12.08 sec­onds. SailasaVono­tabua of Suva Gram­mar School won the Se­nior Boys 400 me­tres fi­nal while Vu­ateKarawalevu of Marist Brothers High School won the In­ter­me­di­ate Boys 400 me­tres. A to­tal of 13 records were bro­ken.

TAILEVU ZONE

RatuKa­davulevu School andDawasamu Se­condary School won in the zone. The boys from De­lainakaikaiscooped 32 gold, 26 sil­ver and 19 bronze while their archri­vals Queen Victoria School fin­ished sec­ond with 17 gold, 20 sil­ver and 23 bronze. Tailevu North Col­lege fin­ished third with 1 gold, 1 sil­ver and 1 bronze. In the girl’s di­vi­sion, Dawasamu Se­condary School won with 14 gold, 9 sil­ver and 11 bronze, sec­ond place was Wainibuka Se­condary School with 13 gold, 7 sil­ver and 7 bronze while de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Tailevu North Col­lege fin­ished third with 9 gold, 12 sil­ver and 6 bronze. Ti­mo­ciBo­lakoro of Queen Victoria School won the Se­nior Boys 100 me­tres where he recorded a man­ual time of 11.35 sec­onds. Arav­e­laKoro­laubu of Wainibuka Se­condary School won the Se­nior Girls 100 me­tres.

LAU­TOKA ZONE

Natabua High School re­tained the Boys Di­vi­sion of the Lau­toka Zone af­ter claim­ing 41 gold, 21 sil­ver and 10 bronze medals. Ba Provin­cial Se­condary School came sec­ond with 4 gold, 3 sil­ver and 4 bronze while Ya­sawa High School was third with 2 gold and 5 sil­ver. Jasper Williams High School won the Girls Di­vi­sion with 39 gold, 22 sil­ver and 21 bronze. Mago­dro Ju­nior Se­condary School came sec­ond with 3 gold and 2 bronze while Natabua was third with 2 gold, 11 sil­ver and 6 bronze. Natabua’s Shane Tu­vusa won the 100 and 200 events and helped his team to win the 4x400 me­tres event in the Se­nior Boys di­vi­sion. A to­tal of 37 records were bro­ken in the two day meet.

TRIPPLE N ZONE

AdiCakobau School and Le­lean Memo­rial School suc­cess­fully re­tained their ti­tles at the Coca-Cola Triple N Zone. Prov­ing they will be out to de­fend their ti­tle, the girls from Sawani won 40 gold, 23 sil­ver and 11 bronze medals. Lo­maivuna High School came sec­ond with 3 gold, 2 sil­ver and 3 bronze and third was Wain­i­mala High School with 1 gold, 5 sil­ver and 2 bronze. Boys Di­vi­sion cham­pi­ons Le­lean Memo­rial School bagged 21 gold, 10 sil­ver and 13 bronze. In sec­ond place was Sila Cen­tral High School with 8 gold, 12 sil­ver and 7 bronze and third was Naitasiri High School with 4 gold, 6 sil­ver and 6 bronze. Max­imus Le­stro of Le­lean Memo­rial School broke the Ju­nior Boys Dis­cus Triple N Zone record with a throw of 51.35 me­tres while the old record was 35.4 me­tres which was set last year.

2018 EX­PEC­TA­TIONS

Look­ing at zone re­sults, in the Girls Di­vi­sion, Jasper and St Joseph are ex­pected to pro­vide stiff com­pe­ti­tion for de­fend­ing champs ACS which still looks like the team to beat. Natabua, RKS and MBHS are ex­pected to have a neck to neck tus­sle for top hon­ours in the Boys Di­vi­sion. One school that would be out to spoil the party will be the lions from Suva Gram­mar who seem to have vastly im­proved on their lack­lus­tre per­for­mance in 2017.

(This story was com­piled and edited us­ing re­sults from var­i­ous me­dia out­lets two weeks be­fore the 2018 Coca-Cola Games.)

The best of Fiji’s se­condary school ath­letes com­pete at the Coca-Cola Games.

A Marist Brothers High School stu­dent com­petes in the shot­put event.

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