The third season of the Ron Massey Cup for the Kaiviti Silktails will have new faces, new rules and a new sponsor.
The players have already started pre-season training at three high performance centers in Fiji with the 30-person squad expected to arrive in Sydney in January. They will again base themselves in Mascot and train from the Daceyville PCYC at a newly constructed facility.
They will train in jerseys branding the Fiji Kava Kaiviti Silktails name, after the local Pacific diet drink brand became the new naming rights sponsor under a three-year contract.
There will be 17 new faces as Fiji Kava Kaiviti Silktails focus more on the Under 23 players next season as they aspire to become a development club. They also operate under a âNo study, no playâ policy for 2022.
“It’s a priority for us with our young players that ‘Yes’ Silktails are about sport, but we also want to create the best version of yourself possible through the sport and education platform.” said Silktails President Petero Civoniceva.
He added that although the 2020 and 2021 Ron Massey Cup seasons have not been completed due to COVID-19, the Fiji Kava Kaivitia Silktails are still fulfilling their mission.
“We are opening the door, creating a path now, for the potential of these young Fijian footballers,” he said.
âWe are working under our program to unlock this. This is the most exciting thing of our three year trip so far.
Six players in 2021 have trained or played matches in The Knock-On Effect NSW Cup or Jersey Flegg competitions.
Center-winger Vuate Karawalevu, 21, arrived in Sydney last month to begin preseason training with the Sydney Roosters extended NRL squad.
“We are already seeing this unfold – creating life changing opportunities for our players,” Civoniceva said. âWhat it can be in 10 years really excites us all.
âHaving sponsors like Fiji Kava, Pacific Aus Sports, PCS (Pacific Custom Sportswear) and the Roosters on board means that we are building wonderful relationships to enable us to do that – and in such a short period of time we are seeing it s. ‘is materialized.
As an international double playing tests for the Australian Kangaroos and Fiji Bati as well as 309 NRL games for the Broncos and Panthers, Civoniceva enjoys the brand of football the Silktails have played in the past two seasons under management. of Coach Wes Naiqama – himself a former Fiji Bati captain.
“It was great to see the amount of learning that has taken place over the past two years under the leadership of Wes and his coaching staff to get players to understand the Australian Rugby League,” said Civoniceva.
âThe boys had to understand the intricacies that Australian players developed over many years of junior football, so with some of our players we had to step them up.
âVuate is a perfect example. He hadn’t played in any rugby league at all coming from a rugby union background.
“But he learned the game quickly and showed what he can do in the Silktails and Roosters Jersey Flegg teams.”