The Kaiviti Silktails RLFC would like to congratulate our Head Coach – Wes Naiqama, on being awarded Fiji Bati’s All-Time Leading Point Scorer.
Silktails Chairman Petero Civoniceva spoke of how deserving Wes is of this achievement.
“As Chairman of the Kaiviti Silktails, we would like to congratulate our Head Coach Wes Naiqama on being awarded Fiji Bati’s All Time Leading Point Scorer at the 30th Anniversary Dinner held in Suva. I played for Australia against Wes in the 2008 semi-final but was fortunate to Captain Fiji alongside him during our 2013 Campaign, where we reached the semi-finals again. This is just a wonderful achievement for a guy that always put his hand up to play for Fiji, but has also been a wonderful servant to Rugby League in Fiji” said Civoniceva.
Silktails Executive Director Stephen Driscoll spoke of his personal relationship with Wes that has spanned many years – all the way back to when he was Wes’s Fiji Bati S&C Coach.
“On a personal level, I have been there with Wes across two World Cup Qualifying and Finals Campaigns as his Fiji Bati S&C Coach. Wes always made himself available for Fiji right back at the 2006 World Cup Qualifying Campaign, where he and Daryl Millard were the only NRL players we had in our squad. For me, this award is not just recognition for his wonderful point scoring achievements but more for the commitment to Fiji where he would be the first to put his hand up to play when others wouldn’t.” said Driscoll.
“Since his retirement, Wes has continued to give back to Fiji Rugby League working as the Fiji Bati Assistant Coach during the 2017 World Cup Campaign, where Fiji finished semi-finalists for a third time in a row. He was also part of the 2019 Pacific Cup campaign that saw Fiji qualify as a tier one nation at the end of that calendar year.”
“Now as Head Coach for the Kaiviti Silktails, he is overseeing the Elite Development of local Fijian talent. Under his guidance, the Silktails have produced 1 NRL Debut, 2 NRL Top 30 Contracts, 5 Fiji Bati Test Caps, 4 French First Division Contracts, and even a Fiji Sevens Rugby debut. This along with a further 21 players that have been given second tier and regional playing contract opportunities in Australia.”
Congratulations Wes! This is an amazing accomplishment.