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Big cash prize attracts top teams

Luke Rawalai
Saturday, July 12, 2014

A TOTAL of $37,250 will be up for grabs among teams in rugby, netball, and Kaji rugby competitions at the Jezereel Sevens on the island of Taveuni.

Tournament co-ordinator Solomoni Naiduki said that the annual event had been building up momentum through the past seven tournaments.

Naiduki said that the prizemoney for the tournament sporting event had been increasing every year and last year alone it totalled to $31,000.

"The prizemoney for the past years event including this years event is derived solely from revenue generated from the Lion of Judah Ministry's farm at Welagi Taveuni," he said.

"The tournament is not an income generating event but rather one which is aimed at developing the game of rugby on the island and ensuring that players' interests are nurtured and developed.

"It is also a chance for local people to come in and make money from the various stalls provided during the sporting carnival."

Naiduki said that the number of teams participating in the event his year had also increased.

"We started off small and to date we have been fielding teams from as far as the West and Central divisions.

"The sporting event did not generate any profits and it will be the same this year.

"It is the church's stand in using sports as a means of getting people together to enjoy and at the same time elevate the local talents that we have here on the island and around the country."

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