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After coming off from a plate semi final loss to the Cook Islands 18 - 16 at the St.Mary's 7's last weekend, the Fiji Bati A Rugby League team have there eyes set on a finals birth with a strong side being named.
The team that has been drawn in pool 9 along with Picton and UTS Jets is as follows:
Max Bainivalu Viliame Baleilomaloma Steven Delaivuna Hamilton Hughes (c) Suli Koroi Gilbert Modrau Wise Naiqama Frank Waqa Esala Vute Etuate Tuvai Veramu Dikidikilati Livai Wara Ray Peters Keni Kawalevu (1 to be omitted)
Other Players considered but unavailable due to NRL trials Namila Davui (Melbourne Storm feeder club) Joe Delana (Souths Sydney) Pee Wee Moke (Sydney Roosters) Wes Naiqama (Dragons) Puna Rausabale (Dragons) James Storer (Parramatta) Samu Wara (Wests Tigers) Stan Tuitavake (Bulldogs)
If the Bati A are to win pool 9 they will be taking on the winners of pool 10 in the quarter finals which comprises of Colyton (Penrith), Victoria University (NZ) and Kiama.
The Wollongong Sports-Oxy Shot 7's media launch was held yesterday (17/2/05) in which Fiji A was the main attraction with reporters from TV and the local Illawarra Mercury newspaper keen to get interviews with players and officials. Fiji Bati A rep Gilbert Modrau said, "the response down here(Wollongong) has been awesome. Can't wait to play on Saturday (19/2/05)." The Fijian community in Wollongong is expected to get out in numbers to cheer on the Bati A.
From everyone involved with the Fiji Bati A Rugby League team, we would just like to thank all our family, friends and supporters back home in Fiji and especially the Fiji National Rugby League. We would also like to thank the Fiji Times Newspaper for providing coverage of our results. Our thoughts are with you!