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Win For Taveuni

Unknown First Light Taveuni became the first team from Taveuni to win the Mana Whey Coral Coast Sevens at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka, yesterday. The team comprised farmers in the Garden
22 Jan 2017 11:00
Win For Taveuni
Delight at fulltime ... First Light Taveuni players celebrate their victory at the Mana Whey Fiji Coral Coast 7s in Sigatoka, yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Unknown First Light Taveuni became the first team from Taveuni to win the Mana Whey Coral Coast Sevens at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka, yesterday.

The team comprised farmers in the Garden Island returned home $20,000 richer.

What happened: Winger Leone Lomaloma scored twice in the 14-10 victory over Wardens in the Cup final.

The 26-year-old Bureta, Ovalau native was impressive and was in electrifying form.

Wardens came back with two tries to J Kirinabiu and Kini Namoua but failed to kick a conversion.

First Light Taveuni coach Filikesa Ratu said their aim was to win a major tournament in Viti Levu.

“We played with big teams and I trained the boys so that they can play well,” he said.

He said a prayer group called Lion of Judah is sponsoring the team.

The side upset defending champions Police 19-5 in the Cup quarter-final, beat Crow Nest Yasawa 17-10 in the semi-final while Wardens beat Uluinakau 29-12 in the quarter-final, beat Army 19-5 in the semi-final.

Team captain Lemeki Tulele said, “I thank the Lord for the win today. We couldn’t have won without his guidance and his protection. This is all in God’s plan.

“We have been preparing for about a month for this tournament. We are from different villages in Taveuni.”   

RESULTS

Cup QF: Army 17 –Sigatoka Safari Yamacia 0, Wardens 29- Uluinakau 5, Crow’s Nest Yasawa 17  -Ratu Filise 15, Police 5 –First Light Taveuni 19

Bowl QF: Germany 17- BLK Iron Courage 14, Shangri-La Daveta 14 –Coastline Roos 5, Hong Kong 22 – Uprising 10, Outrigger 7 – McDonald Saunaka 26.

SF Cup: Army 5 – Wardens 19, Crow’s Nest Yasawa 10 – First Light Taveuni 17,

SF Plate: Yamacia 7 – Uluinakau 14, Ratu Filise 14- Police 26.

SF Bowl: Germany 22–Shangri-La Fijian Daveta 19, Hong Kong 17 –McDonalds Saunaka 19

SF Shield: BLK 12-7 Coastline Roos, Uprising 14-Outrigger 10

Final Cup: Wardens 10 – First Light Taveuni 12

Final Plate: Police 19 – Uuluinakau 17

Final Bowl: Germany 19 – 21 McDonald Saunaka

Final Shield: BLK Iron Courage 28 – Uprising 12

Edited by Osea Bola

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