Fiji Secondary Schools National Championship continues to unearth the stars of the game

Published by IRL
23 Apr 2021

“After our win we analysed our games as brothers and our aim now is to play for the Fiji Bati.

“We will want to start by playing for our club in the country so we can be selected for the Kaiviti Silktails before we make the Bati.

“As brothers we are blessed to playing in a time that opportunities are wide open and more young players are given the chance to play overseas. Growing up it was always our dream to represent rugby league and we believe this is the time to do that.”

These are the wise and mature words of Ponipate Komai, captain of the victorious Nasinu Panthers School Under 19s team after winning the Vodafone Fiji Secondary Schools National Championship.

The national championship has just completed another successful year of competition, having missed out 2020. Seventy-one teams from 40 different schools participated in the 2021 competition. The schools play in zonal competition over a 6-week period before entering the knock-out phases leading up to the finals. There are competitions for Under 15, 17 and 19 boys and for the first time this year, a girls’ zonal championship was included in the finals day.

The list of celebrated players who have progressed through these championships is long, illustrious, and well-known to the current crop of players. If any of this year’s cohort can match the likes of Viliame Kikau and Kevin Naiqama then the Fiji Bati will be challenging for Rugby League World Cup 2021 and well into the future.