Fijians dominate annual Byron Bay Rugby Sevens
NEW team Fiji Tabadamu dominated the annual Byron Bay Rugby Sevens at the weekend.
They ran out 31-5 winners against defending champions Ozboks in the final yesterday.
Tabadamu went through undefeated with big wins over New Zealand team Melville, Fiji Taki Mai and University of Queensland.
"That was a massive step up against Tabadmu in the final," Ozboks captain De Villiers Hugo said.
"I think they have four Fijian national (sevens) players in the team so it was really tough work.
"This is only our second year coming here and we had a few new players this time.
"We're an invitational side and we go out to have fun but we were definitely here to win it."
In other games, Sunnybank proved too strong for Ozboks in the A-grade women's final.
Brisbane Fiji won the B-grade men's final while Gold Coast Gazelles took out the B-grade women.
Far North Coast referee James Palmer did not look out of place in the B-grade women's final when he wore a dress and wig to officiate.
Elsewhere, Lismore made the C-grade grade final but went down to the Noosa Dolphins.
Lismore was a mixture of Marist Brothers rugby league and Lismore City rugby union players.
Byron Bay Red Devils rugby league also fielded a side this year and made the D-grade final where they lost to Bond University.
Wally Andrews, Bill King and Theo Hippi were the standouts.
Meanwhile, there were plenty of Far North Coast teams in the new social competition.
Ballina player Harry Bungate was determined to get his money's worth at the carnival.
He spread himself around playing for Bangalow, Byron Bay and Lennox Head over the course of the weekend.
Lennox Head performed well with the likes of Sam Croke, Brian Kelly and Beau Milner in the team.
Host club Byron Bay made a good account of itself with prop Aaron Shakeshaft and hooker Craig Wallace showing plenty of skills for sevens rugby.
Coach Paul Jeffery played inthe Deadwood side which attends numerous carnivals to raise money for children's charities.
It was the 26th time the event has run and it is the main fund-raiser for the Byron Bay club.