Battle of the Zone Champs at the Coke Games
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.
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.
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.
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.