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.
SATURDAY 5 March 2005
THE Rockhampton Leagues Club Central Queensland Comets put in a big fight but were just not good enough, going down to their more fancied opponents the Canberra Raiders 46-18 in the third and final match of the Minniecon & Burke Comets Pre-Season Challenge at Browne Park, Rockhampton on Saturday February, 26.
THE boot of Brandon Costin has landed Easts a 24-18 trial win over Norths at Langlands Park.
THE Souths Juniors Premier League team took on the Canterbury Bulldogs in their last hit out before the commencement of their season. In front of a good crowd at Redfern Oval on Saturday 26th February the Souths Juniors team performed admirably and left Coach Mark Ellison with many options going into their first competition game against the Newcastle Knights next weekend at Energy Australia Stadium.
NEWTOWN?S VB Premier League team lost their final trial match by 20-16 in the game played against the Newcastle Knights at Gosford on Saturday evening. The Sydney Airport Jets had led 12-0 after ten minutes, but then turned in a disappointing team performance for the remainder of the match.
LONDON Broncos fantastic engage Super League win against Wakefield prompted club historian Peter Lush to dig out and dust off the record books.
NATHAN Wood, Mark Hilton and Paul Noone all picked up knocks in the Round 3 game against Hull on Sunday.
CANBERRA Raiders captain Simon Woolford makes his return from suspension this weekend to join the Raiders' new halves combination of Jason Smith and Lincoln Withers for the first time.
WESTS Tigers Head Coach, Tim Sheens has announced his squad for the Trial Game against Canberra Raiders at Campbelltown Stadium, kick off at 6pm.
ROOKIE Parramatta halfback Tim Smith will make his first grade debut on Saturday week when the Eels play their NRL season opener against Wests Tigers at Telstra Stadium.
NEW captain Steve Price is making a big impression on the New Zealand Warriors as they work to reverse last years dissapointing form.
THE Newcastle Knights will stand by a decision to sack young forward Dane Tilse despite police electing not to lay charges following a drunken rampage by the NRL team's players in the NSW town of Bathurst.
A victim on the receiving end of a Jarrod McCracken spear tackle in a rugby league match has condemned the former Kiwis enforcer's successful legal bid for compensation following a career-ending hit which left him in a neck brace.
MELBOURNE Storm is excited to announce today that tickets for all Melbourne Storm games are now on sale. Ticket pricing has been significantly reduced across the board with the new pricing structure reflecting Storm's family focus. Tickets are also more easily available via the new ezyTicket, which allows fans to print their Ticketek tickets out at home or at the office.