Understand Us: Tikaram

The 2017 Fiji Bitter Marist 7s organisers have confirmed all registered teams have paid their registration fees as expected and there will be no changes to the earlier list. Marist
16 Mar 2017 11:00
Understand Us: Tikaram
Post Fiji Limited chairman Lawrence Tikaram.

The 2017 Fiji Bitter Marist 7s organisers have confirmed all registered teams have paid their registration fees as expected and there will be no changes to the earlier list.

Marist Rugby president Lawrence Tikaram confirmed this to SUNsports yesterday.

“All the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s main Cup competition, Fiji Bitter Oldies all paid their registration fee,” Tikaram said.

“As of for the Fiji Bitter Ladies competition, we await some minor details from one team only.

“Most sadly and regrettably there have been no changes to the teams competing for the 2017 tournament as per our announcement last week. Our hearts go out to all those teams and especially players who did not make the final 80 teams 64 men’s, eight women’s and eight oldies,” Tikaram said.

“We ask them to understand the situation that allows us to only cater for a maximum of 80 teams over two days in four grounds. We need to have good quality competitive rugby in a safe operating environment and ask for their continued support again in 2018.

“We need to be mindful as well of the total games teams need to play and the adequate rest period each player needs to have high competitive rugby over the two days.”


Island and rural teams

Tikaram commended the effort and interest of the island teams such as Buca Bay Baabaas,Vatulawa Young Boys from Taveuni, Coral Coast 7s champion First Light Taveuni, Raiwasa from Taveuni, Newnet Yasawa Stringers, Rukua from Beqa, Plantation Island, Levuka club from Kadavu, Kawai Home Stay from Ovalau , Super Cool Lau Brothers, Naidi Brothers from Vanua Levu and Jean-Michael Cousteau Rugby in Savusavu.


Logistics update

This has been a challenging but most fulfilling task with all event directors giving up their personal time every evening to bring the plan together to execute on game days.

“We are preparing to engage our 350 volunteers come next week and this itself has been a huge task for event director Alifereti Gonerogo to complete as we need to finalise uniforms and meals requirements.

“With medics being a key aspect, event director Bill Mar is putting final touches to the plan for the tournament which involves over 20 St John’s personal , 25 plus Fiji National University physiotherapist  and tournament doctors from CWM to manage this critical  important area .

“Our event director refs Laiakini Bale is working closely with the Fiji Rugby CEO John O’Connor to bring closure to the best refs from the division to officiate at our event,” Tikaram added.


Team officials

“Teams managers are to contact us to verify and confirm the details of players, coaches and officials on mobile 7027462 or 9998896 or

“All managers need to understand that they have a very important role to play and not just acquiring the name  “team manager” as it comes with huge responsibility in ensuring teams are on time to the coin toss , the proper filling of team slips for each game to highlight the run on seven players and the five substitutions.

All team managers to contact Anare Wailevu on mobile 7027462 to update the names of the 15 players and three officials so it can go into the records to administer the tournament effectively. This needs to be completed by this Friday.¬¬ “Coaches and Managers brief will be on next week Thursday 6: 30pm at Lambert Hall where all teams need to be represented by their managers and coaches.”

Edited by Osea Bola




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