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Flying fijians Flying fijians Radio S1 Dhamaka, the sister company of this website has stirred up the baskets of innovative ideas and launched the sports "Newsmaker of the Year" contest.

Having covered major sports tourneys locally and abroad, the radio station on Monday announced 19 nominees for the inaugural showdown.

Station owner and Radio S1 Dhamaka Sports Talk-back Show (STBS) co-host Asuad Ali says the passionate Fijian world of sports fans have been bestowed with the opportunity to select the story they feel should be the Newsmaker of the Year by way of votes.

"We are sports ke mamla meh number dua for good reasons". (Your number one source for sports news).

The avid local sports followers will also get to vote their top Newsmaker of the Year from the already posted Fiji news that have had made the Sports Talkback Show for 2015.

To avoid the confusion, the local top 5 news have been listed at the foot of the Fiji news.

S1 Dhamaka's soccer commentator and sports analyst Riten "Ritz" Gosai (RG) is chairing the contest.

Below are the 15 top Fiji and 4 local headlines which can be voted for:

Radio S1 Dhamaka/Sportsone  "NEWSMAKER OF THE YEAR" nominees for 2015:

A. Ba wins CVC for a record 19th time: although the decision to have Ba vs Suva CVC was marred by controversy, the Men in Black did come out on top.

B. Labasa wins Fiji FACT: 4th crown from 7 final appearances after a 2-0 win over Rewa.

C. Fiji wins 2014/2015 HSBC 7s world series: 2nd title only in 16 years for the flying Fijians under new coach Ben Ryan. The 7s boys won 4 out of the 9 tournaments in the series and qualified as the number 1 team for the Rio Olympic games to be held in Brazil in 2016. Semi Kunatani received nomination for player of the year.

D. Fiji FA drops Pacific Cup bombshell: the rule that "winner of all tournaments and NSL qualify" is replaced by a "points system" just before the 2nd round of BOG.

E. Rewa wins BOG: 7th title from 10 final appearances after a 2-0 win over Ba - making them the second most successful BOG team.

F. Nadi wins Galaxy Premier League (national soccer league): the Green Machine finished dominantly with 35 points, 10 clear of second placed Suva. Qualified as Fiji's top seed for OFC Champions League and also earned a spot in the 2016 CVC.

G. Dreketi gets promoted to premier division: at the demise of Tailevu Naitasiri, the men from Vanualevu debuted in the top flight. They created a major stir with an upset 2-1 win over a star studded Lautoka in the 2015 IDC.

H. Fiji U20s, somewhat impressive performance at the FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand. The boys lost 1-8 to Germany before creating the upset of the tournament beating Honduras 3-0. They bowed out at the pool stages with a 0-3 loss against Uzbekistan. Majority of the players from this team featured for the U23 side which qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games defeating Vanuatu 4-3 on penalty kicks in the final. The qualifier ran concurrently with the Pacific Games held in PNG. The Fiji U23 side finished 4th in the Pacific Games losing 1-2 to hosts PNG in the Bronze medal playoff.

I. Ba wins IDC on home soil: 24th championship from 41 final appearances. With assistance from Coach Imdad Ali, Ba finished the tournament undefeated upsetting Nadi 2-0 in the final.

J. Fiji FA General Elections: district officials vote Rajesh Patel for his 2nd term in office as FFA president despite good competition from Shalendra Prasad.

K. Fiji 15s rugby team wins their 3rd Pacific Nations Cup: the Akapusi Qera captained side defeated Samoa in a bruising final fixture at Burnaby's Swanguard Stadium in BC, Canada.

L. Fijiana (Fiji women’s rugby 7s side) also qualifies for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games: the side cruised to victory in the Oceania 7s drubbing the Samoan ladies 55-0 in the final.

M. Fiji's praiseworthy performance at the 2015 Rugby World Cup: with close loses against England, Australia and Wales and a 47-15 win against Uruguay, the boys played some fascinating rugby fighting hard in the pool of death. They exited the tournament with their heads held high.

N. Nadroga Rugby's double championships: powerhouses of local rugby, the Stallions have been superbly consistent in recent years. This year they won the Skipper Cup and retained the Farebrother Cup despite many teams coming so close to snatching a victory.

O. Nadi wins 3rd Pacific Cup: 3 out of 3 for the Jetsetters at Bill McKinley Park in Auckland, making them the most successful Pacific Cup team so far. The video of Iliesa Lino's goal in the 2-0 final win against NZFFI All Stars has garnered over 50,000 hits on social media.

Local news:

P.Fijian Soccer League’s controversial withdrawal from the Pacific Cup, the local fraternity gave the PC organizers high hope of making the event and had embarked on raising serious funds.
The scanting funds as revealed by this website and confirmed by an insider forced the FSLGV to end the tour abruptly.

Q. The NAFSA brawl between rival teams marred otherwise a great event. Racial comments sparked the free for all brawl between Vancouver champions, Flagstaff FC and Sacramento Islanders USA. The USA side that had qualified for semi-final following a shootout win forfeited its fixture out of fear of reprisal from Flagstaff FC. The video of the footage went viral on YouTube.

R. Navua Masters won its quadruple FSLGV Masters league. With some of the best players of the yesteryear's, they maintained an unblemished 4 year run, making them the most successful local side in the history of the sport.

S. Suva put on a grandeur performance winning the 2015 IDC championship. Dead-ball specialist Nicholas Naidu inflicted Nadi gash wounds with his ‘Bend it Beckham’ free-kick. He averted the likelihood of the an overtime.

Voting closes at 11.30pm on New Year’s Eve (Vancouver - Canadian time and date). The announcement of the winning story (news) will coincide with Sportsone Sportsman of the Year and Local Newsmaker of the Year, following the number 1 song of the 'Top 100 of 2015' show.


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