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Coach eyes win

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

THE Uluinakau and Nabua 7s sides warmed up for the Uluinakau 7s tournament by playing against each other in a friendly match yesterday.

The tournament which will be played on Friday and Saturday will be the first major tournament of the year and the first major event to be held at the newly renovated Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori.

Uluinakau coach Maleli Kolinivala said they were aiming to win their own tournament but admitted it would be a really difficult task.

"We have a really young squad and all the boys in this team are under 25 years," he said.

"We have been gearing up for the past two years and have been playing in local tournaments to give the boys exposure.

"This is our own tournament and will be the hardest one that we have participated in so far."

Kolinivala said the players needed more game time against the best clubs of the country.

"We played against some of the top clubs but not all of them.

"We reached the final of the New Vision 7s tournament last year and that was our finish to date.

"But we want to win tournament and that would only be possible if we play regularly against the top clubs in the country."

Meanwhile, the Nabua 7s side will also try to win the $5000 prizemoney that is at stake at the tournament.

Team manager Solomoni Ravono said they had prepared well for the tournament.

"Fortunately, our boys stuck to the off-season training program and didn't lose fitness during the festive season," he said.

"Unfortunately, this is the only warm-up match that we have played and the tournament starts on Friday.

"The good news is that now we know where we stand and what our weaknesses are and we have two days to work on it before we play in the tournament."

The tournament also includes an Indo-Fijian and Womens 7s competitions.








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