By KEITH PUARIA
LB TORNADOES of Gavuone came out victors at the end of a thrilling two- day action at the Lalaura-Warumana village ovals in Central province.
They bagged the top prize of K5,000 and Wari Vele Aroma rugby sevens Cup.
The team, also last year’s Central rugby league nines champions, won the final 27-12 to deny newcomers Maopas Flying Foxes, who settled for the runners-up prize of K3,000.
“We have achieved what we wanted in uniting the people of Aroma.
“We are proud to have put our resources behind such an occasion and this will not have been possible without the level of competition on the field.
“Congratulations,” sponsors Wari Vele Agencies director Ravu Vele told a packed oval at the presentation ceremony.
Vele has also vowed to make next year’s tournament bigger and better.
Aroma came together last Friday and Saturday to the dazzle of rugby sevens action showing sheer speed, talent and potential gracing the paddocks, much to the delight of the support.
Whilst the national team was getting hammered at the Adelaide sevens, Kojo Ware laid down the platform for the Tornadoes brushing aside all their opponents on the way to the final.
Last year’s winners, Warumana One were relegated to the plate and went on to win K2,500 with a 31-22 victory over Kapari One, with a little inspiration from captain Bete Rario while the runners-up bagged K2,000.
Early threats Pelagai One, with the inclusion of Port Moresby rugby regulars Ray Vagi, Iala Roko, Karo Kauna Jr and Heni Herea showed their skills throughout the tournament, but went down in the semi-finals 15-5 after almost shocking the eventual winners.