Sports News in Brief
LAUTOKA was literally on fire over the last two days. Apart from the scorching heat, the action at Churchill Park during the hotly-contested Uprising 7s were a thrill to watch. Tan lovers were seen soaking up the sun with their sunscreen while many used umbrellas, cardboards and sulu to shield the heat. They don't call the burning west for nothing!
THERE was a lady standing with the hand sanitiser gel near the convenience beside the VIP Lounge. Every time a person visits the loo, they have to attend to this lady to get their hands cleaned. The organisers are worth commending on maintaining cleanliness in big tournaments like Uprising 7s. By the way, the Ministry of Health is a sponsor of the tournament so it's no surprise to see practices like this.
WHILE the organisers did their best to host the Uprising 7s to the international standard there were still some areas where they lacked badly. A couple of team lists were messed up with mismatching names of players and their jersey numbers on the list provided. While they were good with updating results after each game on the two scoreboards at Churchill Park, they made a poor use of social media to keep techno savvy fans updated. Needless to say, there is a need for someone in the organising committee who knows how the media operates. After all it's marketing of the brand.
THE organisers of the Uprising 7s took time out to remember our heroes that passed on. Thousands of fans paid a minute silence respect for the late Lance Corporal Sevanaia Tabua and former Flying Fijian Senivalati Laulau, who was laid to rest early yesterday. Corporal Tabua was a Blackwatch soldier who died of cancer. Also former British army Derek Derenalagi was one of the guests in the tournament.