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Hamilton Fijians Ready

  Three Hamilton Fijian fans still vividly remember the ‘unique experience’ of watching the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team win the inaugural Hamilton 7s tournament from the sidelines last year.
22 Jan 2019 10:19
Hamilton Fijians Ready
Staunch Fijian fans in Hamilton from left: Lina Tuwere, Ili Tulagi and Gladys Vula on January 21, 2019. Photo: Nemani Delaibatiki

 

Three Hamilton Fijian fans still vividly remember the ‘unique experience’ of watching the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team win the inaugural Hamilton 7s tournament from the sidelines last year.

They joined an excited Hamilton Fijian community that welcomed coach Gareth Baber and his reps last night at the St John’s Methodist Church at Wellington Street.

The three mothers have set aside this weekend to cheer for the Fijians.

They were there last year and spoke of the electrifying experience.

Ili Tulagi, 41, said: “It is difficult to find the right words to describe the euphoria that gripped the ground last year. Fijians from different ethnicities united in solidarity to support the Fiji team. We will be back cheering this weekend. I will be at Brian Perry Stadium which is adjacent to the Green Zone where many Fijian fans were based including a musical group with drums.”

Gladys Vula, 48, said: “Fiji started slowly in the tournament but they really stepped up in the final. I believe the cheering helped motivate our reps to really turn on the Fijian magic in the final. It was all Fiji in the final in the stands. South Africa was taken by surprise.”

Members of the Hamilton Fijian community waiting for the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team to arrive for the traditional welcome ceremony on January 21, 2019. Photo: Nemani Delaibatiki

Members of the Hamilton Fijian community waiting for the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team to arrive for the traditional welcome ceremony on January 21, 2019. Photo: Nemani Delaibatiki

Lina Tuwere, 41, said: “It felt like this was our home ground, Fiji’s ground. It could have been National stadium in Suva, Prince Charles Park in Nadi or Churchill Park in Lautoka. That was the feeling. Fijians from different backgrounds living here came together in a remarkable show of patriotism.”

The three women predicted that will be replicated this weekend. While they do not know the changing dynamics in the team their faith in the Fiji team has not changed.

Their unanimous verdict this weekend: Fiji will retain the title. We will be there to make sure they do.”

-Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback:  nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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