Nausori wins title

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, July 28, 2014 Fiji Times

The Nausori team after beating Lautoka in the men's final at Nadovu grounds in Lautoka yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

The Nausori team after beating Lautoka in the men’s final at Nadovu grounds in Lautoka yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

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.”


New Hockey Season

New hockey season
Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Fiji Times
THE Lautoka Hockey Association will start its season today after teams failed to turn up over the past few weekends.
The tournament to be played at Nadovu Park will feature six teams in the men’s division and four teams in the women’s division.
The tournament will serve as the build-up to the State of Origin competition in Lautoka next week.
Association executive Martin Coffin said all the teams had confirmed participation in the tournament.
Coffin said the clubs needed to pay $100 affiliation fees.
“All the senior and junior players will have to register with the association,” he said.
“The senior players will have to pay $20 while the junior players will have to pay $10.
“There will be entry fee charged for the spectators. It is $1 for adults and 50 cents for children.”
Ba’s Naidrodro and Falcons are the top teams in the men’s division.
Blue Star and Tokalau are the favourites in the women’s division.
“The men’s teams have been drawn in two pools,” Coffin said.
“The women’s teams will play a round robin competition. Falcons are the new team in the women’s division.
“The teams will be allocated points after every tournament.”
Matches will start at 12pm. Men’s: Pool A: Blue Star, Falcons, Naidrodro; Pool B: Mates, Rockefellers, Topline. Women’s: Marist, Tokalau, Blue Star, Falcons.

Coffin guides Sharks to victory

Zanzeer Singh, Fiji Times Online
Monday, April 21, 2014

VETERAN Ernest Coffin guided Lautoka White Sharks to victory at the Lautoka Hockey Association five-a-side competition at Nadovu Park on Saturday.
The White Sharks finished the men’s division round robin competition with two wins and a draw.
Nadi Alfa was second while Lautoka General was third.
Nadi Turbo captained by Rukh Pickering won the women’s division with two wins. Nadi Lighting Kerryanne Candy was second while Tokalau Jaguar was third.

Tournament co-ordinator Fergus Underwood said it was an inaugural five-a-side event.
“It has been hard for the clubs to assemble players for the full code, so we decided to introduce the abbreviated code and received overwhelming response,” he said.
“With this we are helping our Western girls who are trialling for a spot in the Fiji team for the Olympic Youth Games in August.
“The game is played on a smaller pitch. It is faster and exciting. It requires more skill to control the ball.
“The talent here is amazing. We got the youths occupying their time training and have many secondary school students playing the sport.”
Lautoka hockey will hold a junior clinic at Nadovu Park next Saturday.

Lautoka Hockey welcomes new season 2014

New officials for Lautoka Hockey Association 2014 Season


The Lautoka Hockey Association held their AGM on the 13th April 2014 at Natabua High School and during the course of the meeting elected their new officials to lead the association during the 2014 Hockey Season.
Former National Hockey representative Alex O’Connor was elected President whilst incumbent Martin Coffin was re-elected Secretary for a further term.
The newly elected committee for 2014 for Lautoka Hockey Association are:


President:                                       Alex O’Conner
Vice President:                             Taka Newton
Secretary:                                        Martin Coffin
Treasurer:                                       Ernest Coffin
Ex Committee Members:           Paul Fraser
Fergus Underwood
Freddy Work
1 Rep from each Affiliated Club
Patrons:                                             Ben Johnson & David Bennion

New hockey turf for Lautoka


New hockey turf for Lautoka

Arin Kumar, Fiji Times Online, Sunday, September 22, 2013

Hockey action in Suva

Hockey action in Suva

Marist White goalkeeper Godfrey Campbell deflects the ball from Hackers attacking players during the Marist Hockey tournament yesterday. Picture: JONE LUVENITOGA

FIJI Sports Council Chairman Peter Mazey has revealed they are working on building an international standard hockey turf in Lautoka. The National Hockey Centre in Suva is the only international standard turf in the South Pacific apart from Australia and New Zealand.

Speaking at the opening of the Marist Eastgate Memorial Hockey tournament in Suva yesterday, he said they wanted to give all sports in the country the best facilities possible. He said while rugby, soccer and netball had enough grounds and courts, they were concentrating on minor sports in the country.

“We are looking at making more sports facilities around the country and on the list is another hockey court in Lautoka,” Mazey said.

“We are trying to identify multi-uses of facilities and I think the hockey turf would be one of those.”

He said handball was a sport that could be played on a hockey turf.

“Handball is an ideal sport to play on a hockey turf and I think Fijians would be perfect for handball.

“We are working on bringing that (handball) to Fiji.”

Meanwhile, 11 men’s and six women’s teams are competing in the Eastgate Memorial tournament which is in its 19th year.

Competition official Peni Sigabalavu said their attempt to get overseas teams for the tournament proved futile.

“The men are playing for the Reginald Eastgate Memorial Trophy of which Ventures is the defending champion,” he said.

“And the women are competing for the Dorothy Eastgate Memorial Trophy which is held by the Ventures women’s side.”

Both teams are on track to retain their respective titles following massive victories.

Competition continues today.



WOMEN: Marist 0 Stingers Fusion 0;  Ventures 10 Hackers 0

MEN: Stingers 0 Marist White 2, Ventures II 1 Hackers 1, Ventures I 10 Bobcats 1, Marist Blue 0 Stingers Extreme 0, Stingers 6 Ventures II 0.


WOMEN: Stingers Fusion 2 Jetsetters 0;  Ventures 4 Rebels 0;  Marist 5 Jetsetters 0;

MEN: Hackers 2 Rebels 2; Stingers Extreme 0 Falcons 1; Mates 3 Bobcats 0; Marist White 0 Hackers 0;     Stingers 6 Rebels 1; Marist Blue 5 Bobcats 0;  Mates 3 Falcons 0;  Marist White 0 Rebels 0,                   Ventures I 6 Mates 0.

Suva domintates hockey tournament


Zanzeer Singh

Fiji Times Online, Sunday, July 21, 2013


PHOTO:  Jai Prasad – Lanoma Tuinamoala, left, of Nadi I and Merewai Tokola of Nadi II tussle for possession at Nadovu Park, Lautoka.

SUVA dominated the pool stages during the Aloesi Johns Memorial Hockey Tournament at Nadovu Park in Lautoka yesterday.

The Capital City team, boasting a few national reps, recorded high scores in both the men’s and women’s divisions.

In the men’s division Suva with the Smith brothers, Hector and Adrian beat Nadi 3-0 and Lautoka A 6-1.

In the women’s division Suva with the likes of national captain Melba Nautu and Maxine Brown walloped Nadi B 7-1 and Nadi A 4-0.

Fiji Hockey Federation development officer Tai Smith said they had added the Harry Rounds Trophy for the men’s winner.

She thanked the Fiji National Sports Commission for coming on board as the major sponsor.

“I’m really happy with the number of players that turned up for the tournament,” Smith said.

“There are many youngsters in the sport. It is the Aloesi Johns hockey weekend but we also decided to get the Harry Rounds Trophy as well. He was a strong supporter of hockey and that trophy will go to the men’s winner.

“It is wonderful to have a national tournament in Lautoka. We would like to thank the Fiji National Sports Commission for supporting the tournament. Also the Northern Club and parent body chipped in to help.”

A total of ten teams are participating in the two-day event. In the men’s semi-finals this morning Suva will take on Ba while Lautoka B will play Nadi. In the fifth and sixth place play-offs Lautoka A will face Sigatoka.

The tournament will resume at 8am.

Results: Men: Nadi 7 Lautoka A, Ba 1 Sigatoka 0, Lautoka B 5 Sigatoka 2, Suva 3 Nadi 0, Suva 6 Lautoka A 1, Lautoka B 3 Ba 1. Women: Suva 7 Nadi B 1, Nadi A 2 Lautoka 0, Lautoka 0 Nadi B 3, Suva 4 Nadi A 0.

The Fiji Times

Lautoka Hosts Tournament

Lautoka hosts tournament
Zanzeer Singh
Fiji Times Online – Friday, July 19, 2013

THE Lautoka Hockey Association will hold a tournament at Nadovu this weekend to honour the late Aloesi Johns, one of the pioneers of women’s hockey in the district and country.

The two-day tournament will be played on the State of Origin concept allowing the participants to represent their first district team, home district team or the district team where their parents hail from.

Lautoka Hockey Association executive Martin Coffin said Johns developed hockey in Lautoka representing the district and the country.

“She helped establish Lautoka women’s hockey and took the team to the top,” Coffin said.

“With her input several ladies went on to represent Fiji.

“She was a good administrator and ensured that all hockey paperwork was all in order. She is a legend for Lautoka hockey.”

Teams that will be play are Suva, Sigatoka, Lautoka A, Lautoka B, Nadi A and Nadi B.

“We are still looking for sponsorship,” Coffin said.

“We are calling on all pioneers of Lautoka hockey and fans to come and support this event which is in memory of a great lady.

“There are many more people who have given a lot to this sport in Lautoka like Norman Campbell, Godfrey Eastgate, Hartley Eastgate, Harry Rounds, Pate Johnson and John Ho.”

The Fiji Times