The reigning champs

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The QVS players took with them the Vodafone Super Dean’s under-18 trophy during their visit to Nalase Village in Rewa. Picture: ELENA VUCUKULA

Champions of the Vodafone Super Dean’s under-18 trophy Queen Victoria School (QVS) were accorded a traditional thanksgiving ceremony (vakaciri salusalu) last week in Nalase Village in Rewa.

The village is home to QVS U18 best player, Alipate Ratunagusu.

The QVS players were hosted to a scrumptious lunch by the Vunisinu villagers to honour their achievement in winning the prestigious Deans trophy.

The last time QVS had won the U18 Deans final was in 2019.

QVS Old Boys (OB) president Akuila Waradi said the U18 victory had come at a time when the school had been regrouping.

“Not only in terms of sports, but in terms of academic achievements, it’s quite a long journey,” he said.

“For a number of years we tend to prepare ourselves for this major competition.

“The Deans trophy is well known in the Fiji secondary school rugby competition. Under-18 is like the premier trophy and it has finally come our way, we’re happy.”

Mr Waradi said they were grateful to be hosted by the villagers of Vunisinu and Nalase.

“The Turaga na Tui Naduiniva and his people have decided to host this on behalf of Queen Victoria School.

“They had invited us over and it’s an honour to be given this opportunity.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Manoa Kamikamica was chief guest at the event.

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