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Sevens powerhouse targets more titles

Zanzeer Singh
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

THE Tokatoka Westfield Barbarians has set its sights on winning more tournaments next year.

The Westfield Babas team held its awards night on Friday at Saunaka Village to honour the players for their contribution.

Westfield Babas secretary Josateki Sovau said the club had won 15 tournaments in the country since its establishment in 2011.

"We won the Central Coast 7s in Australia last year," he said.

"The club has come a long way since November 2011. The initial team was made up of young players from the Western Division. We have won 16 tournaments which is a big achievement for a small club from Saunaka."

Westfield Babas players Pio Tuwai, Samuela Siqiwa and Filipo Nacuqu were part of the Fiji 7s team that created history by winning the Dubai 7s for the first time in the HSBC Sevens World Series earlier this month.

Emosi Mulevoro's try from Tuwai's back pass in Fiji's 44-0 win against New Zealand in the semi-final was voted as the best in the tournament.

Sovau said Tuwai was an inspirational figure in their team.

"Pio went through a lot of hardship," he said.

"Pio played gallantly in the local tournaments but was neglected by the national selectors. But he was finally chosen by Ben Ryan after two years of perseverance. We are thankful to Ben for giving him the chance to play for Fiji again.

"The awards were held to acknowledge the contribution of the players and their families. The players received a certificate of appreciation and some money for Christmas. They have been advised to spend time with their family members."

The team will march into camp on December 29 in preparation for the Uluinakau 7s in Nausori next month.