fitness plans help Northland’s to their best ever finish.
was around this time last year that I was contacted by Watisoni
Ratulevu, the coach of the Fijian Province of Northland. He was
looking for some support in helping his team raise their fitness
levels so that they could compete within the Fiji national rugby
championship (the Sanyo cup). He wanted to improve upon previous
and sent through a four month training programme which covered aspects
that every team member should do within their sessions. This included
sprint training, aerobic conditioning, core and resistance work
as well as agility sand plyometric methodology.
a good few thousand miles from the South East corner of the Fiji
where Northlands are based I could not personally oversee the training
by the coaches of Northland followed the plans to the best of their
result were sensational. Northlands have achieved their highest
ever finish. They came 5th in the championship compared to their
usual finishing position of 11th or 12th place. They also managed
to win the Farebrother cup for the first time in their history.
coach Ratu wrote to me saying:
finished 5th this year compared from the previous years where we
always finish 11 or 12 of the points table. It was a big improvement
and we made a great achievement by winning the Farebrother Cup from
the Champion team last year.
is a history into the book of Fiji Rugby and to the people of
this province, Great Achievement Ben, I would like to thank you
your big support into our team, A Big Vinaka Vakalevu which means
Thank You very Much Indeed.”
success of Northlands could have been even better but for the fact
they lost numerous games by just 3 points or less. Hopefully next
season they will take things forwards once more and press for the
we are now heading to our off Seasons programme, If u could support
us in sending one of your off seasons Weights Progrmme.
Report of Northlands first ever Farebreother cup win.
set a new record in Fiji Rugby's history following their 15-13 victory
over Tailevu to stake their claim at the Farebrother-Sullivan trophy
in a closely contested match at the Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori
Watisoni Ratulevu was lost for words when the final whistle was
blown acknowledging the Almighty for the victory.
was through Him that this game was won," Ratulevu said. "He
was our provider through preparation phase and on the field of play
hence to Him we must give back the credit."
coach, to be able to contribute a piece of success to Northland
Rugby Union's history is beyond words. I thank the players for the
effort and my fellow coaching staff as well as the supporters. We
look forward to Naitasiri next week with hope that the trophy will
remain on Tailevu soil."
Northland versus Naitasiri match will be played at 3.00pm at the
Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori Saturday 11 October 2008.
4 October 2008
Tailevu 13 Northland 15
Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy Challenge
Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori
Referee: James Bolabiu
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