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From Fiji Times Online (2 October 2011)

Moeava eyes bigger, better Rotuma Games

by Rashneel Kumar

EXPECT a tougher and better Rotuma Games this year, says the host club's vice-president, Ra'esea's Paul Moeava.

The annual event which will feature five clubs competing in three different sports - rugby, netball and volleyball (men, women and mixed) - will be held next weekend at Suva Grammar grounds.

Moeava said they have embedded some new activities in the two-day tournament to make it more enjoyable. He said they would have 'bouncy castle' so kids who normally don't participate in the sports activities enjoy themselves.

"We were also planning to have competition for the older generation but because of time constraints we were unable to put this together," Moeava said.

"Our club has hosted this event before but it's the first time for many of us to be hosting the Rotuma Games. It's a challenging task but we hope to make the event a memorable one."

Moeava also welcomed the inclusion of USP Rotuma Students Association saying the event will give the talented players a chance to showcase their skills and develop them further.

He said their major aim was to increase the number of Rotuman playing at the national level.

"We know we got abundance of talent. The younger generation is our future and getting the USP RSA to be part of this event will certainly be a boost for us," Moeava said.

"It's them (the younger generation) who will be hosting the Games when we grow old so they need to be aware of this event."

Meanwhile Ra'esea is hoping win the men's volleyball title and make it eight-years-in-a-row.

Moeava said they were happy with the turnout during training sessions and hoped their rugby and netball team also stand up to the occasion on Saturday and Monday next week.