DEPUTY Prime Minister and Member for Abau Sir Puka Temu on Saturday added touch to the second day and the finals of the Wari Vele Aroma sevens Cup at Lalaura village.
Sir Puka, present to witness the finals of the tournament, praised sponsor Wari Vele Agencies and tournament organisersfor supporting the tournament and sports in the district.
Sir Puka handed over a cheque for K5,000 for the preparation of an Aroma squad selected for July’s Kimbe sevens, also pledging K10,000 for next year’s event.
“I am very proud as the member, to have witnessed this tournament, and the skill level displayed by all teams. Congratulations must go to Wari Vele Agencies and the tournament organisers”, Sir Puka said.
“A very high standard of competition was set here, and ends a very successful tournament.
“Sport is not just a social event, it enables personal development, of skill and personal growth, and I am very proud,” he added.
He also confirmed Kapari village as the host of the event next year.
The tournament was won by LB Tornadoes of Gavuone 27-12 over Maopa Flying Foxes in Saturday’s finals.
This year’s tournament saw a total of K50,000 committed by the major sponsor for cash prizes and trophies, and added support in the logistics of hosting the event.
Wari Vele Agencies director Ravu Vele said apart from the five-year commitment, the company would also be part of the Aroma sevens select side preparation for the Kimbe sevens, with an option for international tournaments in Singapore, and Australia.
A 20-man squad was selected.
The squad: Palani Ovo, Keusy Tete, Raikarawa Moere, Vagi Mulaga, Kojo Ware, Harry Laki-Tete, Desmond Tete (LB Tornadoes); Iruna Manu (Maopa Flying Fox), Willie Rapilla, Bete Rario, Poro Joe (Warumana Lalaura); Douglas Guise, Loa Jack, Pala Leva Volu (Paramana); Iala Roko, Heni Herea, Gairo Valo, Raymond Vagi, Karo Kauna Jnr (Pelegai); Alu Navu (Kapari); and Imani Matuka (Kala’apa).