FESTIVAL STATE RUGBY SEVENS TOURNAMENT
FESTIVAL STATE RUGBY SEVENS TOURNAMENT
RUGBY SEVENS “A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN”
Fiji and the Fijian people are synonymous with the game of Rugby Sevens across the international stage. The national Fiji Rugby Sevens team year on year, is revered for its skills, fast pace and pure magic it can produce on the Rugby Sevens field. International sporting legend Fijian Waisale Serevi is known as the King of the Sevens.
The first Australian Sevens tournament in the World Sevens Series run by the International Rugby Board (IRB) was the Brisbane Sevens in 2000. The Brisbane Sevens was the 7th tournament of the series in the inaugural 1999-2000 season. Fiji played rivals Australia in the final, and won the match, none other than Waisale Serevi scored an amazing try in the dying seconds to secure the win!
ADELAIDE A HEARTLAND FOR RUGBY SEVENS
It is not only the Fijian community who is passionate about Rugby Sevens, but Adelaide itself is home to a strong Rugby Sevens community. Adelaide gained the hosting rights to the IRB Sevens for the 2006/07 season. The 2007 Adelaide Sevens took place in April of that year, replacing the Singapore Sevens in the calendar. The IRB Sevens tournament was held at Adelaide Oval for five seasons through to 2011.
Ratu Banuve Tabakaucoro – nick name Banz, holds the national record in the men’s 100 meters and 200 meters for Fiji. Banz switched over to playing Rugby 7’s in 2016 and launched his Rugby 7’s career at the Festival State Sevens Tournament in 2016. At the Tournament he played for the Silverwaters team.
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT FESTIVAL STATE RUGBY SEVENS 2018
Domestic Rugby 7s competitions in Australia operate in various locations across the country. The domestic competitions run across NSW, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and Darwin. This competition is unique and beneficial not only for communities, but for showcasing the talents of residents playing Rugby 7s across Australia.
The domestic Rugby 7s tournaments provide a great opportunity for an end-of-season or pre-season tour, match fitness, introduction to Rugby Union, introduction to Sevens and Tens Rugby, and more. There is great prize money up for grabs and is often a good social experience involving all communities in Australia.
Domestic tournament fixtures have increased over the last five years, with teams flying across states, including teams participating from Asia and the Pacific, in particular Fiji. With the teams, are crowds that follow the circuit, drawing in an atmosphere of camaraderie and setting the scene for a diverse festival community experience.
The Festival State Rugby Sevens Inc. is a not-for-profit entity, a grassroots organisation driven by community. The organisation runs on committee dedication, sponsorship and donations. Previous years have drawn a number of generous sponsors to the tournament. Thank you to all the sponsors that have made this community event flourish. Special thank you to each individual committee member and your family for your continuous dedicated support.
On behalf of the Festival State Rugby Sevens Tournament 2019 Committee I greet you ‘Bula Vinaka’ and welcome to Adelaide We hope that the Festival State Rugby Sevens will meet your expectations and all the best wishes to the teams participating; LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
Vinaka vaka levu
Usieli Kamikamica (Vili)
INAUGURAL FASA RUGBY SEVENS TOURNAMENT 2015
In 2015, the Fiji Association South Australia Committee chose to celebrate its 40th anniversary by initiating and developing a high quality annual Rugby Sevens tournament to Adelaide. This strength of the Adelaide connection was confirmed further when the inaugural FASA Rugby Sevens tournament received support and sanction by the South Australia Rugby Union (SARU) and the Australian Rugby Union (ARU). In addition, the North Torrens Rugby Union Football Club came onboard as one of the first Principal Sponsors of the Tournament.
The FASA Rugby Sevens Tournament drew 12 teams from South Australia, Victoria and the Redrock team from Fiji. The tournament games were fast and furious and the crowds were kept entertained over the day with matches that displayed brilliant footwork, ball passing magic, and memorable try-scoring.
The Tournament received strong interstate support from the Victorian Fijians and 2 interstate teams travelled to Adelaide, including the Melbourne Rising team led by Joe Saumaisue. Further, the Victoria Rugby Union (VRU) supplied two National Referee Council level referees, The participation of these referees meant that the tournament was a showcase of not only top level rugby sevens, but top level officiating as well.
FASA are indebted to Ilivasi Tabua who gave valuable advice to the Committee about the organising of the Tournament and he also brought the Fijian team Island Breeze from Melbourne to Adelaide to play. Ilivasi is a former Rugby Union player who played at international level for both Fiji and Australia, he is nicknamed the Human Skewer.
Not to be overlooked, the Tournament was strongly supported by local South Australian teams from a a number of clubs including the North Adelaide Rugby Union Football Club and the Barossa Valley Rams Rugby Club. On Tournament day, the men’s games were complemented in the break times with games by local women’s and juniors teams.
FASA RUGBY SEVEN WINNERS 2015 REDROCK TEAM
The winners of the inaugural FASA Rugby Sevens Tournament were the Redrock team from Fiji.
FASA and the Festival State Rugby Sevens Committee would like to acknowledge Lote Rosiga, Head Coach of the Redrock team who came to Adelaide in 2015. Sadly Lote Rasiga has now passed.
The presence of the Redrock team and their Tournament winning performances put the FASA Rugby Sevens Tournament on the map. Their win was instrumental in drawing other interstate and Fiji teams wanting to participate in subsequent tournaments.
FESTIVAL STATE RUGBY SEVENS TOURNAMENT 2016
Who can forget that Rio de Janeiro Olympics gold medal winning performances of the Fiji Rugby Seven Team in 2016? This performance provided the perfect backdrop to the success of the expanded FASA Rugby Sevens Tournament, which was renamed the Festival State Rugby Sevens Tournament in 2016. The North Torrens Rugby Union Football Club again were a Principal Sponsor.
In 2016 the Festival State Rugby Sevens Tournament Committee was formed under the umbrella of FASA. This President of the Committee Usieli Kamikamica and Committee members set about to build on the success of the 2015 inaugural tournament. The Cup Winner for 2016 was Island Breeze from Melbourne.
FESTIVAL STATE RUGBY SEVENS TOURNAMENT 2018 President’s Report
Cup Winner: Tabadamu
Cup Winner Runner Up: Island Breeze
Plate Winner: Melbourne Fijian 1
Plate Winner Runner Up: Bula boys
Bowl Winner: Rugby Union south Australia
Bowl Winner Runner Up: Melbourne Fijian 2
Steeno Tuikaba Overall Best and Fairest Player
Highlights from the Tournament
Four new activities were implemented into the programme:
- Boat Cruise on Friday afternoon for Team Coaches & Manager, Sponsors and Event Officials. This was a great success as the sponsors present gave great feedback.
- Saturday After Function at Port Adelaide Rugby Club had a wonderful vibe with a good number in attendance.
- Saturday Afternoon Kaji (Cards) fundraising draw had some great prizes.
- Ending the Event with a Thanksgiving Church Service on the Sunday following the Tournament.
The inaugural FSRugby7s Event Magazine was distributed on Friday at the Cruise and on Saturday game day, It was well received and was a way to showcase the Tournament details and the sponsors of the event.
Festival State Rugby 7s Champions 2018: Team Tabanamu
The Kids Entertainment was a huge hit. Along with the Jumping Castle, there were two new activities: Old MacDonald Travelling Farm – enjoyed by both the adults and kids, and Face Painting.
The Tournament was a wonderful success. The live telecast of the event on the FSRugby7s Facebook page was also extremely well received. You can view the video footage of the Pool Games here and of the Finals here.
The FSRugby7s Tournament Committee look forward to hosting an exciting Rugby Sevens Tournament in Adelaide on 19 October 2019. SEE YOU THERE!
FSRugby7s Tournament 2018 Volunteers