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Teams For The 39th Tourney

Vailima Marist Samoa and New Caledonia are the two overseas teams which will feature among Fiji’s top local teams at the 39th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s at the ANZ Stadium
01 Mar 2015 09:00
Teams For The 39th Tourney
Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament major sponsor Jack’s of Fiji Limited staff with the official merchandise after its launch last Friday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Vailima Marist Samoa and New Caledonia are the two overseas teams which will feature among Fiji’s top local teams at the 39th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s at the ANZ Stadium this Friday and Saturday.

The tournament organising committee yesterday finalised the 64 men’s team in the Fiji Bitter Cup Marist 7s competition, six Oldies Fiji Gold Classic, and 12 Women Fiji Tribe teams.

Teams such as defending champions Wardens Gold, Tokatoka Westfield Barbarians, Yamacia, Red Rock, Police, Ratu Filise and Army Red will participate in the tournament.

Marist Rugby Club president Lawrence Tikaram said it was disappointing that a number of teams have missed out.

“We clearly understand how the players must feel but we needed to make the cut in order to deliver a world class event,” Tikram said.

“While we had previously catered for more teams in past, it is the logistics, time and quality of the tournament that needs to be taken into account when deciding to host such an event.

“We sincerely apologise to the teams and most especially the players that did not make it.”

In the women’s competition, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea will face a daunting task against the likes of Marist Seahawks and Raiders who are fielding two teams each.

“In support of women’s rugby we have increased the number of teams to 12 but so far there are only 10 registered. We still have room for two more teams,” Tikaram said.

The oldies competition will feature six teams with favorites Suva and Veivatuloa to face stiff resistance from Fiji’s most famous rugby breeding ground of Namatakula.

“This year we applaud all the village and rural teams for paying up on time and being part of Fiji’s biggest 7s tournament. We are honoured and humbled to have them at  the famous hunting ground as we continue the road to Rio.”

Tickets are available at Fiji Sports Council from Thursday with admission on Friday at $7 flat grandstand and ground. On Saturday it will be $7 for ground and $12 for grandstand. It’s a real bargain to watch over 200 quality games in two days.

All teams are now asked to complete the 15 players and three official- names registration to avoid disappointment of dropping out as this is a critical administrative matter for game organisers.

Team officials can email to marist7s@gmail.com or send a text message to 7027462 or 9998896 .

Teams in the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s
Main Cup:
Wardens Green, Police, Yamacia, First Landing Resort, Army Red, Wardens Gold, Red Rock, CK Easybuy Tabadamu 1, Vailima Marist Samoa, Vonoyauyau, Big Bula Water Park Kuata Exiles, Trinity Newtown, First Light Taveuni 1, Vitogo, Army Green, Gumatua, Nabua, Marist 1, Marist 2, Nawaka, Lomavata Cowboys, Tauraga (Ovalau), Anaconda Nakavu, Covenant Brothers, West Coast Drifters, Naceva Young Boys (Beqa), Waimanu, St. Theresa (Savusavu), Vuanisaiki, Vunavutu Blues, Fire (NFA), Bulia Covenant Kokomo, Uprising, Natakala, Wailoku Evergreen, Flying Fish Rugby, Ratu Filise 1, Ratu Filise 2, Hideaway Hurricanes, Nakorolailai (Deuba), Sorokoba, Seniboro, Tokatoka Westfield Barbarians, Gaunavou, Uluinakau Green, Uluinakau Blue, Lomaiviti Black, Waitui Brothers, PWD Bure, Eagles Cane Tacirua, Navatuvula, 343 Vatuwaqa, Delasui, UBB Natabua, Newborn Waibasaga, CK Easybuy Tabadamu 2, St. John Lomary, Island Breeze Nadera, Nakaile Young Boys, Likuliku Lagoon, Tovolea Dark Knights, New Caledonia, Qauia, WaiqanakeWomen Fiji Tribe (2 spaces left):
Central Chiefs Womens Rugby, Mystic Knights, New Caledonia, Patriots Community Sports Club, Marist Seahawks 1, Marist Seahawks 2, PNG, Raiders 1, Raiders 2, Blazers

Oldies Fiji Gold Classic:
Suva Golden Oldies, Veivatuloa, Navatuvula, Namatakula, Waimanu, Lomary

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