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Register, village teams urged

Arin Kumar
Thursday, February 13, 2014

THE organisers of the Red Rock 7s tournament are overwhelmed by the response towards their tournament.

Even though the event is scheduled for the end of this month, interest started pouring in from last week.

Red Rock manager Malakai Yamaivava said some big names had confirmed participation in the tournament which would be played at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori on February 28 and March 1.

"We have Wardens Gold and Green, Police White and Blue, Bure from Soa in Ra, Uluinakau from Namarai, a team from Sireli Bobo's village in Ra, Yasawa Central from Lautoka, Qiovesi from Naqali in Naitasiri and a few others," Yamaivava said.

"But registration is still open and we hope to get a few more village teams."

He said they wanted to expose their players to top clubs and give chance to village teams to expose their raw talent.

"We are organising the tournament as a build-up to the Marist 7s and we will feature two teams in it.

"But we also want to help with the development of the sport and we are calling on village teams to come forward and register so that they can compete against some of the best clubs in the country.

"The more games the village teams play against the teams from the cities, the better the village teams become and they get more confident."

Yamaivava said the winner of the tournament would walk away with $5000.

"We are very thankful to our sponsors Fulton Hogan, Grand Melanesian Hotel, Coca-Cola, Tau Sports and a few others for supporting the tournament."