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Top local teams confirm participation in Yamacia event

Maciu Malo
Friday, April 25, 2014

VILLAGERS and rugby fans in the hills of Navosa will have the opportunity to witness some top 7s players in action right on their doorsteps.

This after top teams such as Red Rock, Police, Uluinakau Babas and First Landing have confirmed their participation at the Yamacia 7s to be held at Draiba Village ground on May 7.

The highlanders will also have the privilege to watch their champion Yamacia 7s battle against local 7s giants to win the $1000 top prizemoney.

Yamacia Club president David Dakuitoga said the objective of hosting the tournament in the highlands was to promote and develop 7s rugby to the grassroots.

He said the tournament would be better compared with last year.

"Last year's tournament was to build the clubs in Navosa by providing all the participating teams with rugby balls and training cones," said Dakuitoga

"This year we want to lift the standard by bringing in some of the top clubs around the country to showcase their standard.

"The first 24 teams to pay its registration fees will be accommodated."

Dakuitoga said the tournament would target to introduce new players and talents to the 7s game.

"We have shifted the games to the Draiba Village grounds. This is where the Yamacia initiative was born.

"From the humble beginning of roti curry as the prize of the first tournament some years back, to $10,000 this year.

"Our theme is "Impossible made Possible" which gives us the opportunity to testify that with God nothing is impossible."

He also thanked their sponsors for supporting the development of rugby in the hills.

"Tau Sports, Bamboo Travellers, Sigatoka River Safari, are the confirmed sponsors at the moment with some other exciting sponsors coming on board as soon as we have confirmation."


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