Phill Browne

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Fiji Rugby League Open Trials

THE Australian Fijian Rugby League will be holding open trials for selection into the Fiji Bati national side for the World Cup qualifiers on Saturday the 16th of September 2006 at Mascot Oval.Registration will begin at 11am.All players should be covered by the highest private health insurance. Please bring your boots, shorts and socks on the day.To be eligible to trial you must have either been born in Fiji, have at least 1 parent born in Fiji or at least 1 grand parent born in Fiji. You must also have been registered with a Rugby League club this season.If you are successful in this trial you will be selected into an Australian Fijian squad to play against the Fiji/NZ based players on the 23rd of September. The Fiji Bati will then be decided after this match.Please spread the word and get onto the coconut wireless to any Fijian Rugby League players you know. We don't want to leave any stone unturned in the search for talent.For more information please email [email protected]


WELCOME ABOARD MR JOHN GROOM The Fiji A Rugby League are pleased to announce a new treasurer for season 2006, Mr. John Groom. John was a member of the Fiji A Rugby League tour party to Fiji last October and is the father of rising Manly Sea Eagles star, Aaron. Fiji A Rugby League believe John will do a great job as treasurer and his passion for Fiji and Rugby League are evident. On behalf of all the board members, players, parents and supporters, Welcome aboard!NI SA BULAThe 14 man touring Fiji Bati squad will be arriving into Sydney, Monday 23rd of January. The squad consists of 12 players and 2 officials. They are: Semesa Cadrikilagi, Iowane Divavesi, Marika Korovue, Neori Kurumalawai, Aminiasi Marau, Apisai Masikerei, Epi Naioko, Asaeli Saravaki, Josaia Tadulala, Semisi Tora, Meli Vosuqa, Jone Wesele, Jo Rabele (Coach) and Rusi Ratakele (Manager). The Fiji A Rugby League will be billeting the Fiji Bati until both squads depart for Coffs Harbour, Wednesday 25th of January. BIG MONTH AHEAD February will be a very busy month for the Fiji A side. Fresh from competing at the Orara Valley 7?s, Fiji A will also be competing at the St.Mary?s and Wollongong 7?s. The St.Mary?s 7?s will be held at Western Weekender Stadium, St.Mary?s on the 11th of February with $3000 AUD up for grabs. The Wollongong 7?s will be held a week later on the 18th of February with also $3000 AUD first prize. Good luck boys!FIJI TOUR MOST LIKELY TO GO AHEAD Fiji A have discussed the possibility of committing to another 2 match tour of Fiji, following the success of the 2005 tour. The 2005 tour which departed in October saw Fiji A defeat a Fiji Chairman?s XIII 18-0 in Suva and narrowly lose to the Fiji residents 14-22 in Nausori. All officials, players and parents who toured had a ball of a time, with everyone bonding closer as the tour went on. Those who hardly knew each other at the start of the tour walked away best mates by the end. That?s what sports all about and it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves. Everyone behaved admirably and did a great job of promoting Rugby League in Fiji.ST.MARY?S 7?S Fiji A have drawn a tough pool at the 2006 Carlton Mid Strength (St.Mary?s 7?s). Fiji A have drawn Pool 4 alongside American Samoa and the NZ Maori?s. Fiji A will be playing American Samoa at 1.20pm and against NZ Maori at 4pm with finals starting at 5.10pm. The 7?s will be played at Western Weekender Stadium, St.Mary?s on February 11th.FIJI BATI VS NZ MAORI Fiji Bati will face tough opposition when they come up against the NZ Maori, Thursday 26th of January. The match will be played at 7.30pm at Coffs Harbour International Stadium as part of the Orara Valley Axemen Big Week of League. Other matches on the day include: 1.30pm Coast & Valley All Stars U/19?s Vs Cook Islands U/19?s2.45pm Japan Vs USA4.30pm Coast & Valley All Stars Vs Cook Islands6.50pm (Exhibition 7?s) North Sydney Bears Old Boys Vs St.George Dragons Old Boys7.30pm Fiji Bati Vs NZ Maori It is only $10 entry to watch all 4 Australia Day fixtures. Very good value! The makeup of the Fiji Bati side will see 9 Fiji based player?s partner up with 8 Australian based Fijians in what will be a very competitive outfit.ORARA VALLEY 7?S Fiji A have drawn a tough pool in the 2006 Orara Valley 7?s. Fiji A will join Lebanon (2005 winners), Guyra Superspuds and Leichhardt Wanderers in pool D of the competition. Fiji A management has no complaints with the draw. ?Doesn?t matter who we play against, we have the team to beat anyone? said Ken Koroi the Fiji A president. Fiji Bati has been drawn into pool B. They will join Hoey Moey, Sydney Renown United and the Sawtell Panthers. 3 Australian based players will get drafted into the Bati side as 15 players can be utilized throughout the tournament. The 2006 Orara Valley 7?s which will feature 36 teams will be held at Coramba Sportsground, 28th & 29th of January. Coramba Sportsground is located 25 minutes inland from Coffs Harbour. The winner of the 7?s will take home a handsome $10,000 AUD.PLAYER WATCH This month?s player to watch is Namila Davui. Namila has joined the Canterbury Bulldogs for season 2006 after having previously spent time at the North Sydney Bears and the Parramatta Eels. The Lautoka born and Ra native moved to Rockhampton in North Queensland as a youngster and 2006 will hopefully be the year Namila cracks into first grade with the Bulldogs. Namila represented Fiji A against Malta and also at the Oceanic Pacifica Tournament in 2004. Remember this name as he is definitely a star of the future!SPONSORS Fiji A would like to thank our major sponsor PB Sports Management and associate sponsor Pacifika Lounge. Without sponsors Fiji A would not be able to operate as effectively. We take this opportunity to thank our 2006 sponsors. If you would like to sponsor Fiji A please email us at [email protected] SPREAD THE WORD We hope you enjoyed the first Fiji A monthly newsletter. Please spread the word and let all your friends and relatives who may be interested in receiving this free monthly newsletter to email [email protected] with subscribe as the subject.Regards,Phill Browne, Fiji A.Pic: Frank Waqa gets tackled by 2 Fiji Chairman?s XIII defenders in Suva. Photo: Fiji Times

Fiji A squad to play Australian Tertiaries

FIJI A have named a relatively young squad to take on the Australian Tertiaries side this Sunday, October 2nd with the average age being just 23.

Fiji A Vs Australian Tertiaries Game Moved!!!

THE Fiji A Vs Australian Tertiaries game which was scheduled for Concord Oval this Sunday the 2nd of October has been moved.

Fiji 'A' Name 40 Man Squad

THE Fiji A Rugby League are the body that select the best Fijian Rugby League talent that are based in Australia.

Australian Based Fijians Join Bati U/16's

4 Australian based Fijians have been selected to compliment the 16 man squad chosen from Fiji.

Fiji Rugby League Cruise Night

THE Fiji Rugby League will be conducting a Sydney Harbour Cruise. This cruise will be a fund raising event in aid of the Fiji A (Australian based Fijians) tour to Fiji in October 2005.

First ever Rugby League Tournament in Singapore

HISTORY was created December 4, 2004 at Singapore Polytechnic Dover, Singapore. This was the first ever Rugby League tournament to be held on Singapore soil. The tournament was played as a 9 a side tournament and was a resounding success.

Fiji A Win Inaugural Valley 8's!

THE Fiji Bati A Rugby League side have won the inugural Valley 8's Rugby League Tournament held on Saturday the 26th of February at Harbord Park, Sydney. The Fiji Bati A side which featured star players such as Suli Koroi and Hamilton Hughes had to overcome the home side Valley United in the final to take home the $4000AUD ($5200FJD) winners cheque. Fiji made it through the pool stages and had to meet the Tugan Seahawks (Gold Coast team) in the quarter finals. Fiji found Tugan a tough opponent and went into the break leading 10 - 0. Fiji managed to break away in the 2nd stanza winning the match 22 - 8. Fiji's semi final oppoents were the Macksville Sea Eagles who are from the NSW north coast. The Fijians played some tough and exciting Rugby League and some of the biggest tackles of the day were made in this match. Fiji finished the match winning 32 - 12 to progress to the finals. The home side Valley United had knocked off Nth Ryde (Balmain team) in a tight semi final by 24 - 12. The Fijians knew they were in for a tough contest in the final. In what led to an amazing series of events in which Fiji A played parts of the game with only 5 players due to send offs and sin bins, the Fiji A side triumphed 8 - 6. The packed Harbord Park crowd were treated to some enormous tackles and exciting runs by both teams. The Fiji A Rugby League side have decided to donate some of the winnings to the FNRL to help with running the Fiji domestic competition. Other teams to participate on the day were Newtown Jets, Forestville Ferrets, Goodooga and Narraweena (former Australian rep Cliff Lyons team). 2 players that particularly stood out on the day were Suli Koroi and Gilbert Modrau with the latter being courted by the Newtown Jets.

Fiji A Select Squad For Wollongong Sports-Oxy Shot 7's

AFTER coming off from a plate semi final loss to the Cook Islands 18 - 16 at the St.Mary's 7's last weekend, the Fiji Bati A Rugby League team have there eyes set on a finals birth with a strong side being named.

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