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Botaira Stingers show some bite

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, March 02, 2013

THE Botaira Stingers from Yasawa impressed during the opening day of the Nawaka 7s despite going down fighting to Wardens Green 5-10 in their final pool match at Prince Charles Park in Nadi.

The Stingers beat Golden Eagles 29-7 and Taki Beer Mokani 33-0.

Stingers president Jerry Sovatabua revealed that the club was formed last year after the completion of the Southern Rally.

He said they had built a gymnasium for the players on Naviti Island.

"The idea to set up this team came up after the Southern Rally last year as an offseason program," Sovatabua said. "We have built a gymnasium for the team. The side is made up of players from Yasawa South which includes Naviti, Waya and Viwa. After forming the team we held a couple of bazaar type tournaments on Naviti."

Sovatabua said the players had sacrificed a lot.He said the aim was to groom players for the national team for the 2016 Olympics.

"The players stayed away from partying during the Christmas and New Year period," Sovatabua said.

"The aim of the club is to build players to represent Fiji in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. We want to see at least three of our players in that Fiji team.

"I have just returned from Wellington where I had talks with a few clubs. Two of our players will be leaving for New Zealand next month."

The players who have secured contracts include Kalione Nasoko and Sairusi Mali.

Nasoko has also been eyed by the Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league officials.


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