Tournament more than just football

TEAM SPIRIT: Leeton's Amie Fazekas (back, far left) and Nalani Berney (back, middle) played in the Ella 7s tournament at Coffs Harbour earlier this month.

TEAM SPIRIT: Leeton's Amie Fazekas (back, far left) and Nalani Berney (back, middle) played in the Ella 7s tournament at Coffs Harbour earlier this month.

TWO Dianas recently made their mark in a women’s sevens competition in Coffs Harbour earlier this month. 

Amie Fazekas and Nalani Berney were among other Riverina players to take part in the Ella Sevens tournament on March 3 and 4. 

The pair were part of the Marrambidya Sisters side.

“It was an amazing experience to be able to play alongside women that we would normally be playing against in out usual competition,” Fazekas said.

“This is our second year participating in the tournament.”

On the first evening of competition the side won one game and lost two others.

On the Saturday the team won their semi-final to progress to the Bowl Grand Final, but were defeated by Cabbage Tree 1, 24-7.

The Ella Sevens series of events was first established in 2008 in Coffs Harbour as an annual National Indigenous Rugby Sevens tournament to provide an opportunity for past participants of the Lloyd McDermott Rugby Development Team Inc and others to play rugby 7's.

The tournament is not just a football event, but is a family friendly weekend that celebrates Indigenous culture, education and health promotion.

Government and non-government organisations participate each year by providing stalls with a variety of information on offer.

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