Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in www.connectme.com.fj/news/opinion. I thank Allen and Connect for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.

Win or Lose, We're Still Kings

Hong Kong, here we come. Let’s forget about Adelaide and move on. Fiji Rugby House and the Sevens team will know how we feel. It's only human that a time will come when we will fail, blame someone, bicker and find fault. It’s pretty hard to say, “Oops, sorry people, it’s my fault.” Now that the feelings of fans have been aired let’s get together once again, lets bind and move on.

Talk around the kava bowl in Waiyavi was that there was something bad going on in the Sevens contingent.  I suppose we don’t want to hear about it now. Let’s just move on. Because if we lift the cup in Hong Kong naturally we will all be singing praises – together that is. All the losses will be forgotten. So Kong Po or happy Valley will be a happy hunting ground for us. But if we do lose, well it's back to the drawing board, back to pointing fingers, back to finding fault, back to ducking the issue, and back to square one.

We are rated the best Sevens team in the world. We have been called kings of Sevens. Kings lose battles in war, yet they remain kings. This is the title they have, were born with, or which may have been given to them, but they remain kings.

Our boys remain kings in our hearts, even though we say that they could pull up their proverbial socks.

But come game time every rugby-loving person will have their fingers crossed that we will do better. So, go for it boys. Fiji is waiting. Make us proud. Bur first iron out the kinks in your armoury, make peace with the coach and management, and then go out and do your best.


Allen said…
Unfortunately we lost to NZ in the semis.... good on Samoa for winning the Hong Kong Sevens. Our boys were doing fine. We beat South Africa in the quarters, some say the ref was biased against them. Opinions do differ.

As usual we await a report on what happened and then excuses will begin.Lets hope there will be no excuses.

There has never been a time when we lost a game and the team and management would say, "We had a fantastic game plan, but that was a torrid game, we lost to a superior team."
Invictus said…
For many years Fiji played the game of sevens Rugby with gusto and flair, those were the days when coach and players alike shared a common interest in the game.

Back then they were deemed to be “KINGS” of Rugby Sevens.

Unfortunately in today’s playing environment there among the players are tree huggers and sidewinders who point to their wrists or making some sort of funny sign with their hands trying to entice the God of the juju world to help them out.

Sanctions work said…
The so called 'kings' of Fiji rugby are like the military regime - confused, lacking leadership and without a shared and agreed roadmap!
Anonymous said…
@ Allen

Sadly the game as we know it will change dramatically in the leadup to the 2006 Olympics.

The open expansive game where risk flair and speed are the hallmarks will give way to a more physical, structured predictable type of game.

Big mobile players will definately be an advantage, especially in the defence. This was highlighted in HK in the number of turnover possession in tackles where big men barrelled in and ripped away the ball from the little guys. Possession wins games.

The torrid physical encounters will seperate the weekend warriors from those who pump iron and spend seven days a week in the gym.

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