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Seniboro 7s Win Naluwai Battle

  Sevens rugby marked a perfect return to the Naluwai District School ground in Naitasiri yesterday. Over 1000 people turned up to watch the Disavu 7s tournament at a ground
18 Sep 2016 10:34
Seniboro 7s Win Naluwai Battle
Corrections Commissioner Commander Francis Kean (right) makes his presentation to the Disavu Rugby Club in Naluwai, Naitasiri yesterday. Photo: Ritesh Kumar

 

Sevens rugby marked a perfect return to the Naluwai District School ground in Naitasiri yesterday.

Over 1000 people turned up to watch the Disavu 7s tournament at a ground that last hosted a major rugby game many years ago.

Seniboro won the men’s final beating Green Gold 24-5 while Suva based Marist Seahawks and Striders played the women’s final in which the Seahawks won 14-12.

Tournament organiser Ledua Ataogo said they are proud to put the tournament together.

“This is the first time that rugby sevens is played at this ground and we are proud to bring the people of Naitasiri together,” he said.

“One of the main reasons for organising the tournament is to support the Fiji Corrections Service Yellow Ribbon project involving the youths of the province. This tournament creates Yellow Ribbon awareness by actively involving our youths in rugby programme that will refrain them from any wrong doing activities.

“This tournament is pathway for many of our youths to gain international recognition as well.

“We have huge response from the clubs as forty teams in the men’s rugby have competed in the two day tournament.

“Apart from the many Naitasiri clubs that had competed in this tournament, Suva and Nadi had also competed making the tournament a competitive one.”

Ataogo said they are grateful to the Corrections Commissioner and Fiji Rugby Union chairman Commander Francis Kean for accepting their invitation to be the chief guest.

“We are not only grateful to his motivational speech at this event but also his cash in kind donation for the Disavu rugby club enabling us to increase the prize money for this tournament as well as donating sports gear to the club that includes rugby balls.

“We are grateful to have Kean with us today in supporting the development of our youths.”

Commander Kean said he was delighted to be part of the event.

“Such tournaments will nurture our rugby players and Fiji Corrections Service fully support Disavu rugby club’s initiative to get their youths actively involved in such sport like rugby.

Commander Kean also challenged young players to work hard and follow the footsteps of Naitasiri rugby’s prominent sons of Levani Botia, Nasoni Roko and Mosese Luveitasau who have donned the national sevens jersey.

“I urge you all to work hard and be one of them just like Fiji Corrections Service have their very own Olympic gold medallist in rugby 7s Kitione Taliga and our women’s representative in the Fijiana side Raijieli Daveua.”

Seniboro collected $2000 for winning the tournament while Seahawks walked away with $1000 prize money for winning the women’s title.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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