The week’s Fijian activities started with the team having a little fun in form of a TP volunteer team ‘Games Night’ and after some human thumb wars and lots of cards and laughter it was time for bed. Hitch was picked for ‘movie night’, which went down a storm, and then things moved on to something that we had all been waiting for the Batiki vs. Morturiki Rugby and Netball games!
This truly was the biggest game that our TP girls and guys would ever play in. Never before had two think pacific team come together to challenge each other in each sport. The team from Moturiki turned up on Thursday but they were missing a few of the guys who hadn’t made due to a boat not being able to leave in time. The Moturiki girls spent the night with the Batiki volunteer team in the village of Yavu, telling stories of each project and getting to know their fellow tp members.
The lads turned up after breakfast ready to rock! The island was buzzing, and the teams were getting nervous. The Netball was first to kick off, and it was 5-2 at the end of the first 3rd. Going into the next two it was clear that Batiki had a stronger team, pushing into the lead and winning 18-5. This made Moturiki even move pumped to win the Rugby and after warm ups it was kick off. Moturiki shot out of the gates putting pressure on Batiki straight away. The guys had to do some real defense to hold them back, but with too many mistakes it was a penalty for going off their feet which saw Moturiki go 3-0 in front. The game stayed much the same for the rest of the half. After a slip from Moturiki and a quick tap from Batiki the lads ran the full length of the pitch to score between the posts. Half time 7-3. With changes made the guys from Moturiki kept the pace up and before long were on the Batiki line again, with good counter rucking from are second row it was turned over and kicked away. The Moturiki lads were straight back though and with a few pick and goes fired the ball wide and scored in the corner. 7-1 to Moturiki. In the last 10 minutes the Moturiki team started to fall apart, they were on their line for the whole time. Batiki though couldn’t make the most of it, with two dropped balls the whistle went final score 7-10. The Batiki team were clearly gutted with the loss, but heads were held high for the girl, who smashed the Netball . After a swim in the sea, the tears were pushed to the side for what truly was a huge party!
This day wasn’t about the games but what the whole event really meant; two islands coming together for the first time and the first ever two Think Pacific teams to meet and share their experience. The food and the party that night in Yavu village was unreal. Massive thanks to them for that. A huge few days on project!!!