Last year, a hundred-plus players competed in the regular 7s and the relatively new 10-a-side “Masters” competition, (for players aged 35-years plus). Drawn from different units, garrisons and military locations around the UK; some play for their particular units but others put together teams based on their provinces or church groups.
The Nakelo Spartans took the honours in the 10s competition with RA Rooster and Tokatoka UK, taking the Bowl and Plate respectively. In the Cup final, new boys Wainimala Boys defeated the returning Nadroga Stallions with Adre Vasuitoga adjudged to be the “Player of the Final”.
The competition, established in 2013, seeks to replicate the Fijian tradition whereby families from neighbouring villages gather for prayer, have fun with the children and support their rugby teams. Family is very important to Fijians and rugby is a way of life, so gatherings around rugby games are very much in the national psyche and a big part of the community.
If the pool games aren’t enough to showcase the talent and raw skill that make Fiji one of the leading 7s specialists in the world of rugby, (and current Olympic champions), the semis and finals take the passion and pace to another level.
The clubhouse facilities will be open for the event and everyone is welcome to come down to support the event, whether by helping the Petersfield’s rugby family give our Fijian friends a day to remember or simply to witness a masterclass of 7-a-side rugby.