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37 touch teams
ABOUT 400 players will compete at the Trans-Pacific Touch Rugby Tournament in Nadi later this month. With teams from New Zealand, Samoa, Australia and Fiji competing at the event, the Fiji Touch Rugby Association is anticipating a successful tournament with 37 teams competing for glory. Fiji confirmed it would field 12 teams while Australia has 13, New Zealand nine and three from Samoa. Tournament organiser Tomasi Tiko said the tournament would be the first of its kind. "This tournament is usually played between New Zealand and Australia but then they decided to include Fiji and Samoa," Tiko said.
THE Sigatoka Electric Sabeto Roosters are yet to finalise plans to celebrate their victory in the 2013 Vodafone Cup at Churchill Park in Lautoka last month. The Roosters came from behind to beat KBL Saru Dragons 27-18 in the final to lift the title for the second time. Their first win was back in 2010 where ironically they also made a come-from-behind 16-14 win against the Dragons. Roosters coach Vela Tawake said nothing had been planned about the celebration at this stage. He said they would have discussions with their sponsors before releasing the date. "The celebrations would most probably be held this week," Tawake said. The Roosters won $3000. Five players from the Roosters team have made it into the 30-member Fiji Residents squad.
Twenty teams will participate in the Futsal tournament organised by the Lautoka Youth and Sports Club next week. Teams from Lautoka and Nadi have shown interest with some featuring district reps. Tournament co-ordinator Deo Raj said there was keen interest in futsal especially with the inclusion of businesshouse teams. "We can lift the standard of futsal in the country by organising more tournaments. Our tournament will attract great interest with cash prizes. The winner gets $1000 and the runner-up receives $500," Raj said. The three-day event will be held at the multipurpose courts in Lautoka from September 12 to September 14.
AUCKLAND City FC chairman Ivan Vuksich has thanked Mangere United AFC for its logistical support during last season's Oceania Champions League showdown with Ba. Mangere United a club hub for the Fijian and Pacific Island community in South Auckland helped promote the 2013 OFC Champions League semi-final match against Ba. The match drew a crowd in excess of 3000 largely made up of Auckland's Fijian community. According to a press release on the Auckland FC website, Vuksich praised Mangere United for their input.
THE Fiji Residents rugby league team drug test results will be known today. Team manager Adriu Nabose said the doctor who conducted the test had the soft copy of the results which would be given to the Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) today. Nabose said players who failed the test would be automatically dropped from the team. The side is preparing for the Battle of the Bati.