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Marist 7s: Tabadamu Red wins Cup final 24-12 after beating New Net Yasawa

Tabadamu Red has successfully defended their title after defeating New Net Yasawa 24-12 in the Cup final of the Marist 7s at the ANZ National Stadium this evening. Both teams were locked at 12 points at halftime.  Tabadamu Red scored four tries to New Net Yasawa’s two. Apenisa Cakaubalavu scored Tabadamu Red’s first try followed by […]

Peni Shute and Ashutosh Singh

April 23, 2016 7:25 pm

Tabadamu Red has successfully defended their title after defeating New Net Yasawa 24-12 in the Cup final of the Marist 7s at the ANZ National Stadium this evening.

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Fiji Bitter Marist 7s Champions Tabadamu Red’s after defeating New Net Yasawa 24-12 at the ANZ National Stadium this evening. (Ashutosh Singh/Newswire).

Both teams were locked at 12 points at halftime.  Tabadamu Red scored four tries to New Net Yasawa’s two.

Apenisa Cakaubalavu scored Tabadamu Red’s first try followed by one try by Alipate Raitini, Sitiveni Waqa, and Daniele Cakaunivalu.

New Net Yasawa’s Navotu Tuidraki scored the opening try of the match while the other tries were scored by Nacanieli Batina.

Tabadamu Red’s were reduced to four players in the final seconds of the match, Emosi Vucaqo was handed a red card while Nasoni Roko and Sitiveni Waqa were each given a yellow card.

Tabadamu Red’s Head Coach Mr. Pio Kabiri said thanked his team’s sponsors for their effort.

“I am just satisfied, you know after doing something that you love I am just satisfied.”

“It feels good, especially in clubs that we have been visiting the children of Vatuwaqa School, and sponsors CK Patel they have promised to finance, to support Vatuwaqa Intellectual School financially whom we visited earlier this week.”

Coach Kabiri said the Tabadamu Red’s team has plans to play rugby in Australia and Kenya later this year.

“It will continue, we will continue to play rugby we look forward to going to Samoa after next month for the independent celebration and then we are going to Australia, and then we will be going down to Kenya and it is interesting there is a lot to learn.”

The Cup final was refereed by James Bolabiu.

Meanwhile, in the Shield final, Shipping Service Suva Stallions defeated Hideaway Hurricane 15-12.

In the Bowl final Seniboro defeated Red Rock 19-17.

WAF oldies beat Navatuvula oldies 31-7 in the oldies final. Both teams have players who have represented Fiji in the international arena including the likes of Viliame Satala, Lemeki Duidomo, Aisea Tuilevu, Manueli Tiko, Kiniviliame Radaveta and Sailosi Naiteqe.

Chairman and President of the Hosts Marist Rugby Club, Mr. Lawrence Tikaram said the event was a success.

“Everything went as planned. We expected a more turnout yesterday, but the rain spoiled things.”

“This tournament is about the players and officials it is not about us, these are the people that represent our country in the future these are the people that develop national rugby for Fiji and for us it is an honour the Marist Rugby Club to host the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s for these players because they are the true heroes for any tournament, cause they provide what is best for Fiji Rugby at its best every year.”

Mr. Tikaram said every team which participated in the Marist 7s are winners.

“The prizes all the teams get prizes something that we’ve introduced many years ago, all teams get prizes the best players get prizes so everyone’s are winner at the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s.”

Mr. Tikaram also thanked the sponsors for their input towards the Marist 7s.

“We have our major sponsors which is Fiji Bitter and Paradise Beverages they’ve been with us for the last 40 years, we have an affiliate of 45 other associate sponsors without these we would have been not able to pull off this event with our Fiji Bitter sponsors, it’s just the amount of effort that they put in to provide what is required to ensure that from game 1 to game 200 is taken care of and that is for everything from medical care to emergency care to the physical care to the doctors care to the meals to the vouchers, to the printing of vouchers to have this thing beamed up to have a live stream all that is done through associate sponsorship.”

Defending champions of the Marist sevens, Tabadamu Red have secured their spot in the finals of the 2016 Fiji Bitter Marist 7’s after defeating Army Green 15-12 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Two tries by Alipate Ratini and the third by Apenisa Cakaubalavu sealed the deal for Tabadamu Red as they went on to win the match

Tabadamu will be meeting the lads from Yasawa, New Net after they upset Warden Gold 12-10.

Shipping Services Suva Stallions have defeated last year’s runners-up Hideaway Hurricane in the shield final by 15-12.

The cup final of the 2016 Fiji Bitter Marist 7s will kick off at 6.30pm.

Tabadamu Red, defending champions of the 2016 Fiji Bitter Marist 7s thrashed Redrock 20-0 in the quarterfinals this afternoon at the ANZ Stadium.

The defending champions will take on Army Green in the first semifinal after Army Green beat Police Blue 24-19.

The lads from Yasawa, New Net continue to cause upsets in the tournament, first having last years runners up Hideaway Hurricanes in the eliminations and now taking out Nawaka in the quarters 22-0. New Net will be taking on Wardens Gold, who defeated Seniboro 17-7.

Cup Quarter Final Results:

  • Cup QF 1 Tabadamu Red 20 – 0 Red Rock
  • Cup QF 2 Army Green 24 – 19 Police Blue
  • Cup QF 3 New Net 22 – 0 Nawaka-Nadi
  • Cup QF 4 Wardens Gold 17 – 7 Seniboro

Shield Quarter Final Results:

  • Shield QF 1 Covenant Brothers 5 – 12 Shipping Services Suva Stallions
  • Shield QF 2 Niuboto Brothers 5 – 21 Westfield Dragons
  • Shield QF 3 Hideaway Hurricane 34 – 5 Lodoni Rugby Club
  • Shield QF 4 Navatuvula 0 – 19 Warden Green

Tabadamu Red, defending champions of the 2016 Fiji Bitter Marist 7s took on Covenant Brothers in the first of the main elimination round this morning.

Tabadamu defeated Covenant Brothers 36-5 and became the first team to qualify into the cup quarterfinals to be played just after midday today.

Hideaway Hurricanes have been bundled out of the main competition by a young New Net team from Yasawa 12-10 in the second round of eliminations.

Final Elimination Results:

  • Tabadamu 36-5 Covenant Brothers
  • Redrock 19-17 Shipping Services Suva Stallions
  • Westfield Dragons 5-14 Army Green
  • New Net 12-10 Hideway Hurricanes
  •  Nawaka Nadi 5-7 Lodoni Rugby 2

Cup Quarter Final Fixtures:

  • QF 1 Tabadamu Red vs Red Rock
  • QF 2 Police Blue vs Army Green
  • QF 3 New Net vs Nawaka Nadi
  • QF 4 Wardens Gold vs Seniboro

Shield Quarter Finals:

  • Shield QF 1 Covenant Brothers vs Shipping Services Suva Stallions
  • Shield QF 2 Niuboto Brothers vs Westfield Dragons
  • Shield QF 3 Hideaway Hurricanes vs Lodoni Rugby 7s
  • Shield QF 4 Navatuvula vs Warden Green

Filipo Daugunu of Police Blue and Westfield Dragons Sikeli Laqekoro are the leading try scorers going into day 2 with 6 tries each.

Other top players on the score sheets include Leo Naikasau, David Batiratu and Pate Ratini of Tabadamu Red who have scored 4 tries each. Wardens Green Semisi Turaga scored 5 tries with Marists Iowane Teba.

The quarter finals to the 2016 Fiji Bitter Marist 7s is expected to commence at 1.05pm this afternoon.

Sixty-four teams are taking part in the 40th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament which kicked off in Suva today.

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Defending champions of the Fiji Bitter Marist 7’s Tabadamu Red. (Ashutosh Singh/Newswire).

The defending champions Tabadamu Red kicked off the Marist 7s tournament taking on New Born Waibasaga Rugby Club at the ANZ Stadium.  Tabadamu defeated New Born Waibasaga 17‑5 and are on track to defend their title against 47 other teams competing in the men’s category. They later defeated Kabuleka 38-0.

2016 Fiji Bitter Marist 7's. (Ashutosh Singh/Newswire)
2016 Fiji Bitter Marist 7’s. (Ashutosh Singh/Newswire).

Hideaway Hurricanes runners-up from last year gave a thrashing to Seni Niu 45‑0, then thrashed Brother Rugby Club 40-0.

Wardens Gold defeated West Coast Drifters 45‑0, then later today defeated QVS Obs 12 – 5.

Police Blue have also had an impressive start to the tournament, defeating Botenaulu Rangers 28-7 in their opening match then later thrashing Waimanu Green 36-0 and Lodoni Rugby Club 34 – 0

The pool stages continue in the 2016 Fiji Bitter Marist 7s which is expected to end at 8.00pm today.

2016 Fiji Bitter Marist 7's. (Ashutosh Singh/Newswire)
2016 Fiji Bitter Marist 7’s. (Ashutosh Singh/Newswire).

Reigning champions, Tabadamu Red, are looking to defend their title “very fiercely” in the Fiji Bitter Marist 7’s which kicks off in Suva tomorrow.

2015 Fiji Bitter Marist 7’s champions Tabadamu Red with the Prime Minister of Fiji Hon. Frank Bainimarama. (Marist 7s/ Facebook)
2015 Fiji Bitter Marist 7’s champions Tabadamu Red with the Prime Minister of Fiji Hon. Frank Bainimarama. (Marist 7s/ Facebook)

Coach Pio Kabiri is fielding a side featuring a star-studded team lineup with former Fiji reps.

“We’ve been preparing for the whole year, but then there are some players who are still coming in, Alipate Rotini just came in yesterday.  Our first line-up is actually a former Fiji rep line-up, a Fiji 7’s team lineup.”

Players like Emosi Vucago, Nasoni Roko, Sitiveni Waqa, Alipate Ratini, David Batiratu, Emori Waqa and Jone Vota have been named in Tabadamu Red’s team lineup.

Coach Kabiri said they have finished training and are on the next phase now and the players are focussing on community work.

“We have already finished our training, we are on the next phase now and that is to do some work of mercy.”

“Our preparations for the Marist 7’s towards this weekend is to visit the hospital, the blind school in Vatuwaqa and the Sacred Heart in Nadera.”

Mr Kabiri has not counted any team out and expects a tough competition in the tournament, but said they are the ones who are going the extra mile.

“Every team have prepared well, Police are preparing well, Westfield are preparing well and we do respect our preparation and what they are doing, but we are going the extra mile, the extra mile is important and that is visiting the hospitals.”

“Our preparations have finished yesterday and today and tomorrow we are focusing, going on the blackboard, we are spending more time on the blackboard right now.”

“We are physically prepared, we are spritually prepared and mentally prepared and we know what to do when we go there, we go to win.”

Tabadamu Red, who defeated Hideaway Hurricanes in the final last year, are pooled with New Born Waibasaga Rugby Club, Kabuleka and Samurai Dolphin.

The 40th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s will be held this Friday and Saturday at the ANZ Stadium, Suva.

The official POOLS for the 40th Fiji Bitter Marist 7's 2016. (Marist 7s/ Facebook)
The official POOLS for the 40th Fiji Bitter Marist 7’s 2016. (Marist 7s/ Facebook)

Vodafone Fiji has reaffirmed its backing for the 40th Marist 7s tournament after joining the Marist Rugby Club as the official communications partner today.

Chairman and President of the Marist Rugby Club, Mr. Lawrence Tikaram and Vodafone's Chief Marketing Officer, Mr. Rajnesh Prasad. (Vodafone Fiji).
Chairman and President of the Marist Rugby Club, Mr. Lawrence Tikaram and Vodafone’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mr. Rajnesh Prasad. (Vodafone Fiji).

Vodafone’s Chief Marketing Officer, Rajnesh Prasad said Vodafone further solidifies its commitment to grassroots rugby.

Vodafone fully supports the growth local rugby and we see the value in what the organizers of Marist 7s continue to do with the tournament. The tournament is well organized and has also built a reputation of being one of the toughest in the country.

Chairman and President of the Marist Rugby Club, Mr. Lawrence Tikaram said the sponsorship is a boost for the players and officials.

Vodafone has been a continuous supporter of 7s rugby and we can see their successful sponsorship with the Fiji 7’s team. We are grateful that Vodafone has come on board as our communications partner.

Vodafone has provided mobile phones, data, rugby balls, merchandises and technical support to us.

For a tournament that has opened its doors once again to overseas teams, the organizers have worked hard to deliver an international standard facility.

The playing venue will be equipped with 4G WiFi internet access throughout the entire playing facility as participating teams, both local and overseas, will need to be online for their communication and also for analysis of each game.

The 40th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s is scheduled for April 22-23 and will be held at the ANZ Stadium.

The supercharged two-day rugby spectacle will feature the top 82 men’s clubs and eight women’s teams from Fiji and overseas.

$20k sponsorship for Marist 7s tournament

MARCH 25, 2016 5:13pm | ALLISON PENJUELI

The Fiji Bitter Marist 7s has received a sponsorship of twenty thousand dollars from Coca-Cola Amatil Fiji yesterday.

Marist 7s Tournament Coordinator, Koli Korovulavula said the sponsorship will boost players and officials at the upcoming tournament.

Coca-Cola Amatil Fiji has been in the forefront of sponsoring activities that continually support an active participative environment.

A global brand supporting grass roots talents ,means the sky is the limit for our players with this type of quality support and we are truly thankful for Coca- Cola Fiji for supporting such an important event in an important year for all of us in Fiji .

$14,000 is the worth of drinks that will be for the players and volunteers while $5,000 will be used for the 36 additional marquees.

President of the Marist Rugby Club and Chairman of the organizing committee Lawrence Tikaram was very grateful to Coca-Cola Amatil Fiji.

All players will be provided International Brand sports drink “Powerade” after each game as part of the sponsorship.

This provides well for the platform that we at Marist Rugby Club promote in ensuring proper welfare of our players and officials.

This is surely timely and well received by all players and officials over 350 who will be organizing and running the event.

Mr. Tikaram said that they are grateful to the General Manager of Coca-Cola Amatil Fiji, Mr. Roger Hare for making the assistance possible.

Damodar group of companies has also partnered to sponsor the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s.

Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Div Damodar said they will provide movie tickets to the teams who win the Bowl, Plate and Cup final.

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s will be hosting 72 teams (64 Men, 6 Oldies and 6 Women teams )with over 1800 players and officials.

The Fiji Bitter Marist 7s will be held on the 22nd -23rd April at the ANZ Stadium.

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