By Taromane Martin
EXCITING, successful and peaceful was how the one day Samlinsan Islanders rugby 7s competition ended on Saturday at the Town Ground Rugby Stadium.
A total of eight teams took part in the 7s competition which serves as Islanders fundraising effort to attend next month’s Soltuna 7s and the Marist 7s in Fiji.
The competition saw Honiara Rugby Union Association (HRUA) champions Hill Top (Avaiki) squaring off with Malaita Rugby Union Association (MRUA) reps Auki Tigers in the grand finale.
Hill Top eliminated spirited Islanders 19-17 in the first semifinal while Malaita-based Auki Tigers overcame the National U-18s 19-12 in their other semifinal to make the final.
Tigers were hoping to cause an upset in the grand final.
However, splendid performances by player of the tournament recipient Eddie Moeava and the brilliant Roman Tongaka guided Top Hill to a 27-12 win and laid hands onto another 7s domestic title.
In the third and fourth position playoffs, Islanders came out victorious defeating the national U-18 rugby 7s training squad by a 19-14 margin.
Individual awards saw the tournament highest scorer going to Simon Faalimae of Auki Tigers, with six tries while Moeava claimed the player of the tournament award. Both of the players received $500 each.
Islanders Rugby Club meanwhile thanked their sponsors and clubs who provided assistance and took part in the 7s competition.
Teams that took part in the Samlinsan Islanders 7s competition were Tia Warriors (2 teams), Islanders, Top Hill (Avaiki), Realas, Auki Tigers and the national U-18 boys training squad (2 teams).
Final standings from the 2018 Samlinsan Islanders Rugby 7s competition are as follows:
1st Top Hill (Avaiki) $5000 sponsor Samlimsan(SI)Ltd
2nd Auki Tigers $3000 sponsor J.Kwaimani Building
3rd Islanders $2000 sponsor City Security
Consolations Prizes- $1000 sponsors J.Kwaimani Building