SPORTS

Striding To Victory

Striders defended the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s Tribe women’s competition after thrashing Marist Seahawks Two 24-0 in the final at the ANZ Stadium in Suva last night. Asinate Savu scored
26 Mar 2017 15:25
Striding To Victory
Striders players and officials celebrate after winning the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s Tribe women’s competition at the ANZ Stadium, Suva yesterday. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

Striders defended the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s Tribe women’s competition after thrashing Marist Seahawks Two 24-0 in the final at the ANZ Stadium in Suva last night.

Asinate Savu scored a double while Maria Bogi and Talica Vodo scored a try each.

Coach Tavaita Rowati, who has been coaching the Striders for five years, said teams like Seahawks make them competitive.

“It is such a relief for us, it definitely was not an easy game and I take my hat off to the girls for putting in their best,” Rowati said.

“I guess coming up against teams like Marist Seahawks made us become the team we are today.

“When you are tested you improve more and that is what has been happening and what has got us through the pool rounds and the final.

“It has been about sticking to the basics for us at the start and getting those details right.

“They did the right things, held their defence and played the game right and also capitalised on the opportunities.”

Rowati said the women’s division has been tough and urges for more tournaments to give female players game time.

“It would be good to have more tournaments like this because players need game time, it is important.

“We need this in order to showcase new talents and it definitely opens doors for females who are willing to join the sport.

“This is the only way forward, there needs to be some incentives for things to happen, I guess planning and having a goal for everything is the way forward.”

The Striders team received $2000 plus a trophy and gold medals.

Results: Semifinals Striders 24-0 Central Chiefs, Marist Seahawks 1 7-12 Marist Seahawks 2.

Edited by Osea Bola

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