Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

                                 Slipping Away

 There was so much hype with this being the best 7s team and that they were well prepared. Just after all the praise and the reality that Gordon Tietjens and the Australians bought their teams to learn from us.

Anyway, what could have gone wrong with the boys, are they not listening to the coach? We see that they don’t seem to have a game plan and played individually. They didn’t seem to gel as a good team should. Where did all the goodness that was evident in the Uprising Sevens go? We have been falling lower and lower in performance on the international scene, now we will play the bowl for the first time ever, somewhere we should never be seen. I’m glad that there is nothing like the wooden spoon to contest, because we could even fall that way, because its not impossible.

But the boys have done what they possibly could do and like Africa we are slipping away. But I congratulate the other teams that have grown from strength to strength and now sit where we once sat.

And to all the coaches and team management, please don’t shoot your mouths off before we play and make no predictions because times have changed and rugby is now played scientifically and not with just brawn.

Oh how I long for the days when the Nabua team made up the bulk of the Fiji team, they played with class and flair and were a joy to watch.

Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen 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.


Slip-sliding Away said…
Slip-Sliding Away! The Kenyans are now where the Fiji 7s Team used to be. The Kenyans thoroughly deserve to be there. They played magnificently against England in Wellington yesterday and they might so easily have pulled it off. Watch them in Las Vegas: fit, tough, disciplined, resilient, psychologically-prepared and with a Will to Win. Over-exuberance may have let them down at a late stage but that was excusable. They have a Magic Aura about them. Ironic how Kenya has come through precisely at this time? We have just sent another world-famous Kenyan packing. He has now been recognised and compensated by President Kibaki for his pains. Silly us.

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