19 September, 2014, 12:00 am
THE organisers of this year’s Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens are planning not to send those overseas teams which fail to perform in the tournament empty handed.
They want all the visiting teams to head home with a piece of Fiji.
Davui Printery, Hot Glass Fiji and Pure Fiji are designing and manufacturing gifts for the teams, officials and media taking part in the tournament to be held at Lawaqa Park on November 13-15.
Davui Printery’s Ramesh Sharma said they were honoured to again supply commemorative plaques for all local or overseas teams as well as the medals for the I-wau (Cup) champion.
“The Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens which features 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams is the number one tournament in Fiji in our opinion and we are excited to continue our partnership for a fourth year,” Sharma said in a statement.
In another collaboration, the Hot Glass Fiji will be supplying handmade glass pendants to the winners of the Crest Na Iri Trophy women’s competition.
“Last year our ocean-blue pendants were well-received by the champion Fijiana team and we are delighted to be back for a second year,” said owner Alice Hill.
“The quality of the women’s teams has again increased and we look forward to a hard-fought competition.”
Pure Fiji has also rendered its support to the women’s competition which will feature 10 teams.
“All the visiting ladies, players, referees and media personal will receive a wonderful Pure Fiji gift pack as a special momento of their time in Fiji,” Pure Fiji’s GaÃ«tane Austin said.
Aussie Pearls, the inaugural champions, Redlands, Sunnybank, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea are among the overseas teams taking part in the women’s tournament.
The Auckland Rugby Referees’ Association is also sending a highly-ranked female referee to officiate at the tournament.