The following report is by Fiji Rugby Union Development Manager, Sale Sorovaki.
|In relax mode at the Yaubula 7s are (L-R) Seremaia Burotu, Eroni Ravaga and Josaia Lotawa. |
The 2010 Asco Motors Yaubula Kadavu Sevens was held in the village of Namalata on the island of Kadavu.
A total of 48 Teams took part in the Tournament. Only four teams, including the Fiji Development team, travelled from Viti Levu to Kadavu which means a total of 44 teams are from Kadavu alone.
The purpose of this trip was to get the national sevens players away from the comforts of being in town and to experience the support they have outside the main city centres.
This was an eye opening experience for the national players as most were on their first trip to Kadavu and let alone being on a boat for the first time in their lives. What most experienced was the overwhelming support from the community in Kadavu and the civil service workers that are on the island.
Before the final between the Fiji Development Team and Mai Dive Ono, players from both teams were introduced to the Permanent Secretary for Agriculture and Fisheries Lt-Col Mason Smith afer which the national anthem was played.
The final was won by the Fiji Development Team beating Mai Dive Ono 37-5. Mai Dive Ono had the honour of being the only team to register a try against the Fiji Development Team throughout the whole tournament.
Westpac, BSP, Asco Motors, TFL, Kasabia, LTA and many other businesses were on hand to offer advice to the people of Kadavu. This was greatly received and appreciated as they only get this level of advice and assistance when they come to Suva.
Talks are already underway for a similar trip to Vanua Levu and Yasawa.
The only drawback in the trip was the delay in the boat departure to Kadavu which meant, because of the limited time, development officer Eddie Waqa and myself were unable to conduct any coaching courses on the island.
It is hoped we can get back to Kadavu in the not too distant future in order to conduct these courses.