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Event draws local teams

Repeka Nasiko
Saturday, May 03, 2014

THE Fiji Bitter Savusavu 7s has become a major drawcard for rugby hopefuls on Vanua Levu as the competition continues to attract teams from all over the island.

Entering its third and final day, tournament organisers have deemed the competition a great stage for future sports stars.

"One of the main thing that we focused on this year was getting less teams from outside of Vanua Levu and encouraging local clubs from Cakaudrove, Bua and Macuata to be part of it," said tournament organiser Pat Qilatabu.

"This year, we had only team from Viti Levu and they are the Police team who are also the defending champions.

"The rest of the teams are from Vanua Levu and we have teams from as far as Bua and Macuata coming to be part of this tournament in Savusavu."

He said the teams from the North were doing well during the tournament.

"They are doing quite well and with the support from large companies like Fiji Bitter and FBC, these teams will be able to get a better feel of playing in a big tournament and also be able to showcase their talents."

Pacific Beverages marketing and trade relations manager Joe Rodan said the tournament provided the perfect stage to showcase talents in Vanua Levu.

"It's really great that these teams come out and be part of a tournament and also be part of a sport that encourages healthy living," he said.

"We always support events like these because it is a way for people to also keep healthy and as for rugby development in Savusavu and the rest of the North, this tournament give teams an opportunity to come out and showcase their natural talents."

Eight teams will battle for the $4000 prizemoney today at Ratu Ganilau Park in Savusavu.

Defending champions, the Fiji Police Force Sevens team has qualified for the cup competition and goes up against Viani Blues in the first quarter-final.

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