Friday, 1 May 2009 9:10 AM

Solbrew Easter Sevens to be an Annual Event

Marist Solbrew Sevens organisers have confirmed that following the success of the recent Solbrew Easter Sevens it will now be an annual event.

The Seven's organisers said that it is their aim and hope that the tournament will develop into something bigger in terms of participation in the future.

"Despite the hiccup with the storm on Saturday 11th which flooded some parts of the capital and led to the postponement of the tournament by a week to Saturday 18th; overall we are very happy with how the tournament went," said one of the organisers.

"The most important thing to us was, it was trouble free and every game was played with the true spirit of sportsmanship"

"For that we have to thank clubs, players, officials, supporters and rugby fans who were there at the field. The fair and good sportsmanship behaviour displayed despite the intense atmosphere during games meant everyone was able enjoy the event."

"But overall, Marist and the rugby community owe a lot to Solomon Breweries Ltd, their generous support enabled all of us to enjoy sevens rugby - so a big thank you to Solbrew" said the organiser.

The concept of the 2009 Marist Solbrew sevens was developed based on the success of the 2008 intra-Marist sevens tournament which was also sponsored by Solbrew.

As it was in 2008, 2009 was another milestone in the history of Marist Rugby Club in its association with Solomon Breweries Ltd, and no doubt this tournament is the new yardstick for future sevens rugby events.

The 2009 tournament was restricted to the first 12 teams to register and despite the short notice, there was a very good response from the clubs, including two teams from Auki.

However, three teams were disappointed, as they were late to register, so organisers are looking to increase the number of teams next year.

"We definitely want to increase in the number of teams next year, it will make for more interesting and competitive tournament" said the organiser.

The 2009 Marist Solbrew Sevens Winner was Avaiki rugby club who took home the $5000. In second place was SICHE with $3,000 and third place Pro-Link with $2,000. The $400 prize for the Fairest Team went Auki Blue and the $200 prize Player of the Tournament went to Roman Tongaka of Avaiki.

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