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Fiji Bitter Marist 7s $50K For Marist 7s

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s  $50K For Marist 7s
From left: Marist Rugby Club president Lawerence Tikram, Paradise Beverage general manager Tony Scanlan and SalesMarketing manager Joe Rodan during the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s launch yesterday. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.
April 19
13:29 2016


The Fiji Bitter Marist 7s celebrated its 40th year tournament with a $50,000 sponsorship from Paradise Beverages.

The tournament which started in 1976 has come a long way and has grown over the years. It started with five cartons of beer prize-money to $50,000 for this year’s tournament, which starts on Friday at the ANZ Stadium, Suva.

Paradise Beverages Fiji sales and marketing manager Joe Rodan Snr yesterday commended the effort put into the tournament to make it a successful one. And not only that a breeding ground for many of the country’s top rugby players.

“Forty years ago the Fiji Bitter Marist sevens started and now we are celebrating especially when seven-a-side rugby is being recognised as an Olympic sport,” Rodan said.

“You heard Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan say, last night (Sunday night) that we got a very good chance of winning gold and that is because of this tournament and the competition it brings.

“It has grown to become of the most sought-after tournaments. This year there is still teams wanting to come in and take part but unfortunately we cannot cater for everyone.

“But that just goes to show the popularity of the tournament and how organised this tournament is, when something is well-organised everyone wants to be a part of it and I think the Marist Rugby Club has done that.

“I am sure this tournament will continue to grow. Teams in the West are really good and we look forward to a competitive tournament.”

MRC president Lawrence Tikaram thanked the support from Paradise Beverages in growing the tournament.

“Forty years in the making is a long time, we thank Paradise Beverages general manager Tony Scanlan and Joe Rodan for their time and effort they have put into developing rugby in Fiji,” Tikaram said.

“The Fiji Bitter Marist 7s has come a long way and it is through sponsorship that we get to be entertained and watch top international sports and we look forward to the tournament on Friday.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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