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The Ba women’s senior football side successfully defended its Vodafone Women’s Senior League title after defeating Rewa and Labasa in the final play offs at Fiji FA Academy Grounds in Vatuwaqa.
The women in Black thrashed Labasa 10-0 on Saturday and won 6-1 against Rewa to make a hat trick in the competition.
In the opening match Labasa defeated Rewa 5-1 which puts them in the second position while Rewa finishes third.
Ba coach Naomi Cavanisiqa was overjoyed after the final whistle.
“I am so proud of my players today (Monday) as they played their heart out to defend the title,”
“This is all part of the development programme we have in Ba for the women and most of our players are part of the national team which is the major advantage, “said Cavanisiqa.
Cavnisiqa said they came out well prepared to engrave their name on the silverware again this year.
“This is the hardwork and commitment from our players and officials and I dedicate this win to all our supports, families and friends of the players and officials of Ba.”
Labasa coach Roneel Lal was satisfied with his side’s performance after a win against Rewa and loss against Ba.
“I am happy with my team’s performance as they played their best despite we lost 10-0 to Ba which has majority of the national players,”
“It was a good exposure for my players and we will go back to drawing board and come out more prepared next year, “said Lal.
Fiji FA competitions manager Amitesh Pal said the sixteen teams took part in the Vodafone National Women’s League and the zonal winners took part in the play-offs.
“Rewa topped the southern zone, Labasa were the winners from North and Ba the champions of West played on the round robin basis and Ba with highest points wins the competition, Pal said.
Pal said the women’s league completed after 68 matches played around the country.
“We had seven team competing in South, three teams in North and six team in west and the winners played in the play-offs and congratulations to Ba for retaining their title for third consecutive years, “Pal said.
Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf congratulated Ba for defending their title.
“First of all congratulations Rewa for showing up a gallant performance and big congratulations to the Ladies in Black for retaining their title,”
Yusuf said Fiji FA had a fully committed program for women’s football next year.
“We will have Vodafone U-16, U-19 and Senior Women’s League in 2019 because we have OFC U16 league in August and U-19 in September and the South Pacific Games.”
Yusuf urged more girls to take up the sport.
“I urged more girls to take up football as they will make new friends, it will keep them discipline and mentally and physically fit,”

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