This was the first time the military Fijian community based in UK organised a tournament promoting not only rugby but also bringing together the culture to celebrate sport and life in general whilst catching up with family and friends of whom some hadn’t met in a number of years since joining the Army.
The Reds (Army Chieftains) were invited to participate in this unique competition along with military referees. The day proved to be a great festival of rugby that was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended, controlled aggression and passion on the field with a relaxed atmosphere off the field proved to be the winning combination for all those who participated. Teams from across the military representing provinces of Fiji to Church Communities were present to promote the Fijian style event that has brought praise from across the rugby community and those spectators (over 800 players and spectators) enjoying the summer atmosphere. With two pitches, playing the pools stages encapsulated star studded talent demonstrating the raw skills as to why Fiji is one of the leading 7s specialists in the world of rugby. However, the pool stages were only a taste of the skills on display, the semis and finals, as teams played their hearts with passion, entertained the crowds. The main final refereed by LJ was an awesome event with two teams equally balanced which went into extra time. Passion, pace and talent was in abundance that would not have been out of place on the UK 7s circuit. This was evident in the final try of the competition, after extra time with the tide continuously changing, light foot work from the Cavaliers saw the wing break free with a dash of 70m to dive over the try line winning the game (more importantly the referee, on one knee, was there to see the try being scored with a smile on his face – thankfully the lungs could recover).
All joking aside, the day was a spectacular event which embraced the core values of rugby (playing, coaching and refereeing) but also the life in general focusing on the families that support the game. Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship were the leading values of the day which finally closed with prize giving from the Director of Senior Rugby (Col Deans) and prayers from the Army 7s Coach (LSgt Vanua).
Many thanks for all those attending and we look forward to entering next season’s event – vinaka and God Bless.
Bowl Winners: Breakthrough (1)(Fijian Church team)
Plate Winners: North Germany (Scots DG & 4 Scots Team)
Cup Winners: Air Assault Cavaliers (16 Brigade)
Player of the Tournament: Gnr Sainitki Nayalo