Marist Seahawks expects tough competition

Marist Seahawks against Nadi Blazers in the 2017 Raka 7s women’s fi nal at the ANZ Stadium. Picture: ATU RASEA

DEFENDING champions in the women’s division of the Raka 7s tournament Marist Seahawks are looking forward to the two-day sevens event which begins today at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay, Suva.

Team coach Elenoa Kunatuba said the team was aware that competition would be tough as some new teams would be joining from around the country.

“We looked through the pool draws and we know we are going to have tough competition from the pool games. The teams are going to try and strip the title from us and we are preparing for a competitive Raka 7s tournament,” said Kunatuba.

Kunatuba added the team had just began training as a squad at the beginning of this week as some of the players were taking part at the Oceania 15s tournament in Lautoka last week.

“We have a new set of players that have potential and are being guided by the senior players.

“So we have a mixture of old and new players in the team and that is a good combination for us as we run on to the field tomorrow (today),” said Kunatuba.

Kunatuba said she supported the theme of the tournament which was zero tolerance on violence against women and children.

“Violence against women is a big no-no and I believe that with the theme this year, the tournament can bring about a change.

“I also believe that we should be treated equally on and off the field as we are given the opportunity to also compete in this sevens tournament,” said Kunatuba.

The Marist Seahawks is pooled with Ovalau, Lautoka Crusaders and Tailevu Knights.

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