Sivo keen to get parents to watch grand final

Mikaele Sivo. Picture: FILE

Fijian Parramatta Eels rugby league player Maika Sivo will reunite with his parents after three years during the NRL Telstra Premiership grand final on Sunday.

According to the NRL website, Sivo’s parents Joeli and Mere will make the mad dash from their small village in Momi, Nadi to watch their son play in person for the first time since 2019.

The Eels take on the Penrith Panthers in the grand final.

It will be an emotional occasion for the family, who has mourned the loss of Sivo’s younger brother Luva for the past 12 months after he tragically passed away aged 13.

“Dad called me (last week) and said he and mum will come watch the grand final if we made it,” Sivo told NRL.

“He was confident he will see me when he called so now it’s about trying to get them over here as soon as possible. I’m so happy they want to come over and watch. I’ll get the club to help organise it.

“They don’t like to leave the village too much, especially mum. I haven’t been able to go home because of the border closures and my injury last year.

“My cousins might want to come too but it will be good to have mum and dad at least.”

Sivo’s life has changed remarkably in the three years since Joeli last surprised his son in August of that year when he first visited Australia.

The 28-year-old has gone on to become one of the most powerful wingers in the game with 67 tries in 82 games and made it a tradition for Eels fans to chant his name at CommBank Stadium.

He’s represented Fiji on three occasions while going through the rollercoaster of Luva’s passing and ACL injury last season.

In March, he and partner Korina welcomed their first child, son Isaiah, creating another first for Sivo’s family this week to meet their grandson.

“When dad came in 2019 I couldn’t believe it, he surprised me out of nowhere, and then when Gutho and the boys went to visit my village it meant a lot to me.

“Having them at the grand final on Sunday will be amazing. All the boys are pumped, we’re excited.”

More Stories