Exciting and disappointing sporting moments of 2018
December 31, 2018 4:02 pm
LEFT-FIJI 7S' WIN IN CAPE TOWN. MIDDLE-EILEEN CIKAMATANA IN ACTION AT THE 2018 CG. RIGHT-JOSUA TUISOVA IN ACTION FOR THE FLYING FIJIANS
Sports in 2018 alone had its ups and downs.
FBC Sports took a look back on some major highlights of exciting and disappointing performances of our national teams on the world stage.
Eileen Cikamatana win Fiji’s first gold medal at 2018 CG
April is the month to remember as Eileen Cikamatana ended Fiji’s 16-year drought by winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.
She lifted 103kg in the Snatch category and 130kg in the Clean and Jerk in the 90kg category.
Fiji 7s team’s poor performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Rugby 7s WC
A few days later our Fiji Airways 7s had a disappointing game when they lost out 14-nil to New Zealand in the gold medal final at the Commonwealth Games.
Following that, the side shifted their focus on the World 7s Series World Cup in July and again they bowed out in the world cup semi-final to NZ 22-17 in San Francisco.
Fiji Women’s football side creates history
November and December were interesting and enjoyable as Fiji made some historic wins on the international stage.
Our national women’s football side created history by reaching it’s first OFC Women’s Nations Cup final in New Zealand beating Papua New Guinea 5-1.
Lautoka football wins Pacific Cup
The Lautoka men’s football side made a scintillating performance in Sydney last month defeating the NZFFI All-Stars to win the title.
Flying Fijians create history
A major highlight in world rugby was when the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians defeated France 21-14 to claim a historic first victory.
Fiji will go to next year’s World Cup as dangerous outsiders with the ability to disrupt the established order as they take on Australia and Wales in their pool.
The win pushed the Flying Fijians to the eighth position on the world rankings.
Fiji 7s’ poor outing in Dubai
The national 7s gladiators were humiliated in Dubai in the opening round of the 2018/19 World Rugby 7s Series where they bowed out of the cup quarter-final to the USA.
Fiji 7s win Cape Town 7s title
After being criticized for their performance in Dubai, the side defied all odds winning in ending Fiji’s 13-year drought in Cape Town.
Now our Fiji 7s will gather back in camp on Wednesday to prepare for the Hamilton tournament next month.