Monday, July 28, 2014 Fiji Times
NAUSORI created history when they defeated Lautoka 2-1 to win the Fiji Hockey Federation State of Origin men’s division at Nadovu ground yesterday.
The side stunned the star-studded Suva side 2-1 in the semi-final before upsetting the host team to win their first ever major title after more than three decades.
Leevan Dutta and Tevita King scored the team’s goals in the final to deter Lautoka’s dream of winning the title.
Elated with the win, Dutta gave the credit to his teammates.
“This is history for Nausori hockey,” he said.
“I can’t remember the time Nausori had won a major title and I thank the boys for their effort.
“I think this is our first major win and especially to beat Lautoka on their home turf.
“We made a slow start but the hunger and the passion to win enabled us to create history.”
Meanwhile, Suva maintained its dominance in the women’s division beating Lautoka 2-1 in the final.
Rebecca Lemeki and Catherine Fabiano were the toast of the team scoring a goal each in the final.
Head coach Southey Alison said her players performed exceptionally well to win the title for 10 consecutive years.
“Lautoka scored first but we came back strongly and win the game with a goal in each half,” she said.
“The girls did really well to maintain their dominance in the competition.”