Fiji Time: 11:32 PM on Thursday 27 November

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Sparkles ready to shine in 7s

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, March 04, 2014

THE Sparkles women's rugby side will make their debut on Friday at the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s.

Known as the Sparkles Community Sports Club, the side is new to sevens rugby but has been competing in women's netball and men's and mixed netball.

President Eta Tuitoga said they recently decided to try their hand out at the abbreviated code and it wasn't very hard to find players for it because the sport is now popular among women.

"We have some players from the Mackinley Blues side that is not competing in the Marist 7s and then we have some new players who usually play soccer," she said.

"So we have a mixture of seasoned sevens rugby players and some new players."

The team only started training on January 6 and goes into the tournament with the underdog tags.

"We are a community team and most of our players are unemployed. We just came together in early January to train and then we had a coach come in and help us the week after that.

"And some other coaches have been coming in and helping us with training.

"The coaches focused mostly on skills and basics of the sport because they are the two most important aspects.

"But our main aim is to play good rugby so that our players catch the eye of the selectors for the Fijiana team."

The side is pooled with Atlantis Sevens Rugby Club, Striders and Nadroga Stallions Fijiana in pool two.

The tournament begins on Friday and ends on Saturday at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. LTA fires corrupt 4
  2. $610k overpayment
  3. 10 years for rapist step dad
  4. Supermodels on show
  5. A first for the school
  6. Balls and beard tourney
  7. Luveni: PAC will sit
  8. Businesswomen address concerns
  9. Report highlights voucher destruction practices
  10. $300k used for project

Top Stories this Week

  1. Deal on NZ jobs Monday (24 Nov)
  2. Budget Friday (21 Nov)
  3. Stop the bickering Tuesday (25 Nov)
  4. Couple return to Fiji after almost a decade Wednesday (26 Nov)
  5. No regrets Tuesday (25 Nov)
  6. Patel guilty of abuse Friday (21 Nov)
  7. President Xi leaves impression on leaders Monday (24 Nov)
  8. Indecent jokes warning Wednesday (26 Nov)
  9. Jail terms for former Post Fiji executives Monday (24 Nov)
  10. Biman: Budget boring Saturday (22 Nov)