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Champion Seahawks confident of a win

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

DEFENDING champions of the Uprising Fiji International 7s women's competition, Marist Seahawks are confident of retaining their title this weekend.

The Elenoa Kunatuba-coached side beat Anhui, a provincial club from China, to hoist the title in the inaugural tournament last year.

This year, despite missing five regular players, they aim to keep the title for another year.

Club secretary and patron, Tapenia Kunatuba said they were wary of the teams they would face.

The other teams that will participate in the round robin competition are Hine Moana, Striders and Ricketts.

She said their opponents do not pose a major threat to their title.

"We are the champion team in Fiji and we know we will retain the title this weekend," Kunatuba said.

"Five of our players are training with the Anhui team in China and their services will be missed but we have capable replacements for them," she said.

Some key players who are expected to stand out are Ana-Maria Roqica, Mereoni Yabakidrau and Ro Ela.

The trio were also part of the Fijiana side that won the Asian Women's Sevens Championship in India last year.

"These three are our senior players in the team and they will lead the charge for us this weekend.

"Also two of our players are training in Lautoka and one in Sigatoka and we will join them on Thursday and train as a team.

"Fitness is OK and the only thing we will need to work on is the combinations and ball control as a team," Kunatuba said.

The tournament will be played at Lautoka's Churchill Park on Friday and Saturday.