The HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge 2014 was launched in style at the Holiday Inn in Suva on Tuesday evening.
In launching the HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge, HFC Bank Chairman, Tom Ricketts reminded the invited guests how important rugby was to the nation and how proud they were to sponsor one of the oldest provincial competitions in Fiji.
“When it comes to Fiji Rugby our stadiums are jam packed and I am sure you will all agree that this sport is a leading sport and is the catalyst to bring our people and communities together.”
“It is my great honour this evening to launch today the most awaited Rugby Challenge of the year, The HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge 2014.”
“HFC Bank is proud to be associated with the Fiji Rugby Union and their strong Brand.”
From its humble beginnings in 1941, the Farebrother Challenge began with five unions contesting for the trophy. 73 years later, eight unions now contest for the coveted silverware vying for rugby supremacy in Fiji.
Ricketts further explained how the HFC Bank and the Farebrother Challenge were connected to the people of Fiji.
“At HFC Bank, we have a passion for our people. Our vision is To Be Fiji’s Bank of Choice by Serving Our People with Innovative Financial Solutions.”
“As a sponsor of this great challenge we are also reaching out to our people with general financial advice and a motive for your wealth creation.”
“Our commitment is to provide the best for our people and this year we are proud to bring you the most historic and precious challenge of Fiji Rugby; the HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge 2014.”
“I am certain with our investment and in particular HFC Banks investment into our so loved sport of Rugby we will with this partnership take rugby to another level – for all of you present here tonight and the people of Fiji to enjoy and be a part of.”
FRU Chief Executive Officer, Radrodro Tabualevu thanked HFC Bank’s Chairman, Mr Ricketts and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Isikeli Tikoduadua for making the Challenge Bigger and Better this year.
“Through the support of our Consortium partners in particular HFC Bank – the Challenge is even bigger and better. HFC Banks’ support to the challenge this year will include:
* 25 HFC Bank front-branded jerseys (including shorts and socks) with allocation for branding of sponsors at local union level,
* 10 match balls to be used in preparing for each HFC Bank Farebrother fixture,
* Preparation funds of $2,000 each – for all participating Unions as well the defending champion,
* $5000 Prize Money to the winning team of challenge,
* 250 to the ‘Man of the Match’ at challenge,
* Each participating Union will also receive a one off CJP Hamper,
* HFC Bank is also providing Training T-shirts for all participating teams as well as Bula Shirts for 3 Union Officials,
* HFC Bank will also supply uniforms for Technical and Match Officials on Game Day.
“The support from HFC Bank surely compliment’s their position of being Fiji’s only local bank and their vision of being Fiji’s Bank of Choice by Serving the People of Fiji with Innovative Financial Solutions.”
“We trust that your investment and this platform – will continue to put you into the minds of our people and we look forward to working closely with you in the coming weeks” Tabualevu said.
The HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge 2014 kicks off this Saturday, with current holders Nadroga challenging Naitasiri at Lawaqa Park.
6 September – Northland
13 September – Suva
20 September – B Division Champion
27 September – Tailevu
4 October – Namosi
11 October – Vatukoula
18 October Nadi
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