Mere takes top award again

Mere Uluinaceva (white T-shirt) during the Marist 7s last weekend. Picture: RAMA

Mere Uluinaceva (white T-shirt) during the Marist 7s last weekend. Picture: RAMA

REFEREE Mere Uluinaceva was awarded the female match official of the year for the second time during the Fiji Bitter Marist Rugby 7s at the ANZ Stadium on Saturday.

The Namalata, Kadavu, lass has gone through a lot when officiating in rugby.

“To control a men’s game is very challenging, I get a lot of swear from the men telling me that women don’t belong in the field, but in the kitchen. That didn’t affect me,” she said.

“I kept pursuing my love as a referee and never took interest on what people say.

“I am glad that we officials are recognised for the hard work we put in on the field and for that I am grateful to the Marist officials for this award.”

Mere shared her favourite quote saying that staying true to yourself will help you grow but sometimes we must always be open to learn.

“Work hard, and never give up on your dreams, even when nobody else believes that dreams do come true. These are not just cliches, but real tools you need no matter what you do in life to stay focused on your path.

“One of the challenges that I go through is trying to level my fitness with the players,” Mere said.

Mere now looks forward to her international event in Sydney, Australia next week during the Oceania under-18 championships.

Her only advice is that women can do anything if their heart is willing, but remember to ignore any negative comments that come their way.