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Fijians thank Keitahi Tuckers for volleyball support

Thursday Boiz with their families and fans after winning the final 2-0 against Nadroga at the 'Atele Indoor Stadium. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

Thursday Boiz One wins first ever Fijian Easter Volleyball Champs in Tonga

Nuku’alofa – April 26, 2019: 2pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Thursday Boiz One took out the $300 first prize-money and the Keitahi Tuckers Fiji Easter Volleyball Championship at the ‘Atele Indoor Stadium on Easter Monday.

They defeated Nadroga 2-0 in two sets during the final, watched by close to 60 Fijians who stayed through the day.

And the Fijian community were thankful to the sponsors for their support.

Runners up Nadroga with their prize. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

Runners up Nadroga with their prize. Photo: NUKU’ALOFA TIMES

Keitahi Limited and Tuckers sponsored the event, giving the total prize-money package of $650 Pa’anga.

The event was organised by the Kubuna Fijian Community in Tonga.

“The idea was to hold a sports event and bring together our Fijian families,” Kubuna committee chairman Iliesa Tora said.

“And we decided to hold a mixed volleyball tournament where we would be able to involve  everyone.”

Tora said they sought sponsors and were grateful that Keitahi Limited agreed to sponsor the event.

“I am indebted to Tausinga and his team at Keitahi, who are the local agent for Tuckers, for sponsoring the event,” he said.

“Their support enabled the Fijians in Nuku’alofa to come together on the day and have fun.”

Fijians at the opening of the event.

Fijians at the opening of the event.

Keitahi director Tausinga Taumoefolau said they were honoured to be able to support a community initiative.

“Seeing that this was the first ever sports community event for the Fijians in Tonga we felt that it was for us to support it,” he said.

“And having Tuckers there as a Fiji based business brand makes it more timely too.

“Happy to see that the day brought Fijians together.”

A total of 10 teams registered for the mixed volleyball event.

The teams were divided into two pools.

At the end of pool play the two Thursday Boiz teams – Team 1 and Team 2 – had gone through undefeated. They each gained eight points from four wins.

Nadroga and Tailevu won the playoffs for the semifinals from their respective pools.

Nadroga defeated Thursday Boiz Two 2-0 in one of the semifinals while Thursday Boiz One accounted for Tailevu by the same margin in the other semifinal.

Rev Bola Waqalevu officiating at the opening ceremony.

Rev Bola Waqalevu officiating at the opening ceremony.

The final was close with both Thursday Boiz One and Nadroga scoring points early but the good teamwork of the Boiz unit, led by captain Jese Tikomailepanoni saw them run away to clear set wins.

Thursday Boiz One won $300 while Nadroga took home $150.

Tailevu was awarded the Best Dressed Team and won $100 while two players also won $50 each as Best Male (Joe of Lomaiviti/Nadroga) and Best Female Player (Fulori of Nadroga).

Fijian Methodist minister Rev Bola Waqalevu opened the event while church steward Watisoni Koroi closed the meet after the final.

Keitahi Tuckers representative Annie Tikomailepanoni awarded the prizes to the winners on the day.



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