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Natabua Beez 7s Aim For More Exposure At Tabadamu 7s

The Kelevi Tabaka coached Natabua Beez have set their sights to improve their performance in local competitions.
25 Aug 2022 15:30
Natabua Beez 7s Aim For More Exposure At Tabadamu 7s
Members of the Natabua Beez U21 7s side during training at the FNU Campus ground in Natabua, Lautoka on August 23, 2022. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Kelevi Tabaka coached Natabua Beez have set their sights to improve their per­formance in local competitions.

The side will compete at the Fiji Bitter Tabadamu 7s, (Kontiki Fi­nance U21 competition) which gets underway at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori today.

Team manager/founder Isoa Macu said the bigger picture is to guide these players to great rugby jour­neys on and off the field.

They are following the career path­way; national reps took in the same areas such as former Fiji 7s rep Joji Ragamate, Jasa Veremalua, and Me­tuisela Talebula and Mesake Navu­gona who took no shortcut in their line of success.

“They believe that life could be a rugby career. We are here to extend beyond rugby where they not only showcase their natural talent but also to improve their livelihoods into a well stable economically home,” he said

He added at the club they empha­sise three fundamental ideologies which includes physical, spiritual and mental.

He thanked the Natabua Rugby Ex-Players Association, Natabua Community Policing, Parents and Supporters.

The club was established last year with the objective to align grass­roots rugby to the bigger team, Na­tabua Rugby Club.

Lucky they also landed a few spon­sors, like Shipping Services, who assisted them with fares to compete at the Fiji Bitter Savusavu 7s where they reached the semi-final, better their debut tournament at Malo­malo 7s in Sigatoka where they bun­dled out in the pool games.

“We are looking for a full time spon­sor that looks after the community. This way it will boost our players not only for rugby but wholesomely, they need to get jobs as well,” he said.

“We thank Fiji Bitter for hosting events.”

“Few names have contributed to our club development programmes: Chew Vai Yee Shopping Center (Training Equipment), Raloka Fam­ily (Rugby Kit and Players Welfare), Blessed Provisions (Official Apparel and Players Welfare Sponsor), Mela­nia Malo (Spiritual Development Programme), Kelevi Tabaka (Coach and Club Founder).

The side has the services of Vuki Belo (Kese, Naviti, Yasawa), Pio Dakili (Vuaki, Yasawa), Joseva Tu­inacau (Somosomo, Naviti, Yasawa), Poama Mitchell (Togo, Qamea, Cakaudrove) Kitione Kamikamica (Votua, Nadroga), Poseci Koroita­mana (Barotu, Ra), Pio Qalica (Nase­le, Waidina, Naitasiri) the head boy at the Ba Provincial Freebird Insti­tute, Petero Norokolevu (Kavala, Ka­davu) –, Sailasa Seru (Vutia, Rewa), a Year 13 student of Natabua High School.

Others are Samuel Brown (Batini­vurewai, Wainunu, Bua), Jone Tuni­dau (Vunaniu, Serua), Sakiusa Dra­vo (Naivaka, Bua) , Sekove Rokocika (Tobu, Ra), Sireli Navara (Nasau, Nalawa, Ra) Rupeni Leko (Vuaki, Yasawa), Tevita Tora (Nakuilau, Na­vosa) and Lemeki Valebuli (Serea, Naitasiri).

The team is in Pool E alongside DXC Westfield Babas, Airport Waqadra Babas, Cautata Eagles.


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