August 13, 2016 8:38 am

New Zealand referees for Deans final

Four referees from Waikato New Zealand are here in the country to officiate at the Coca-Cola Deans Finals at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Coca-Cola Amatil marketing manager Lawrence Tikarama said the inclusion of the four referees in the Deans finals is part of their development. TIKARAM: “Our local referees are doing a great job and […]

Four referees from Waikato New Zealand are here in the country to officiate at the Coca-Cola Deans Finals at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

MBHS captain Lemeki Cagialau with QVS captain Ratu Kinivuwaiveitata with the four overseas referees at a press conference at the Coca-Cola factory today. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)
MBHS captain Lemeki Cagialau with QVS captain Ratu Kinivuwaiveitata with the four overseas referees at a press conference at the Coca-Cola factory yesterday. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)

Coca-Cola Amatil marketing manager Lawrence Tikarama said the inclusion of the four referees in the Deans finals is part of their development.

TIKARAM: “Our local referees are doing a great job and we are looking at ways to develop the sport. I think what Fiji Secondary School is trying to do is to work with our local referees which is an important part of step change, we must acknowledge what our local referees, they equal as good. This is part of our long-term and we want to share the development.”

He said today’s competition is a day to celebrate the months of hard work of secondary schools.

TIKARAM: “We are here to celebrate the months and months of hard work of secondary schools. The Coke Zero Deans competition is not just about the under 18 and it’s all about the other grades as well and this year for the first time we are going to include a women’s finals as well.

Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union executive Biu Colati encourages participating schools to enjoy the finals.

COLATI: “We hope that the competition will be an enjoyable one to the teams participating. I would like to thank our sponsors Coca-Cola for the past few years of sponsorship.  Tomorrow (today) we are going to include new things which are quiet historical to our games and we are proud of that.

He said they are overwhelmed that the Fijian 7s men have set a platform for the competition.

COLATI: “We are also happy that our Fiji men’s team have set the platform for this Saturday’s competition. I congratulate Marist and QVS for making it this far.”

Meanwhile, the under 18 grades that will be challenging the Coke Zero Deans trophy are ready for the much-anticipated match.

MBHS captain Lemeki Cagialau said they are ready for their match.

CAGIALAU: “I would like to thank the Lord for this opportunity to play the giants from Tailevu in this competition. They have been the dream team in this Deans with all the statistics and all. We are ready for the competition.”

Left: MBHS captain Lemeki Cagialau with QVS captain Ratu Kinivuwaiveitata with the overseas coaches. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)
MBHS captain Lemeki Cagialau with QVS captain Ratu Kinivuwaiveitata with the Deans trophy. (Luke Nacei/Newswire)

QVS captain Ratu Kinivuwaiveitata echoed similar sentiments.

KINIVUWAIVEITATA: “I thank Coca-Cola for bringing us this event. For us even though we are not in our school this event has brought us today. So that we can just be together and we are ready for the game.”

The under 18 match between QVS and Marist will be played at 4.30pm at the ANZ Stadium this afternoon.