Celebration in Tuvalu
Floyd Robinson, Nasinu
Some say real men don’t get too emotional but during the finals of the Sevens Rugby finals several Fijian men in Funafuti, Tuvalu, could not hold back their tears. At the National Bank of Tuvalu, a former Fijian school teacher could not hold back her screams as our gladiators kept piling in the points. At Filomona Lodge, a crowd of locals and nervous Fijians held their breaths as the referee whistle signalled the beginning of a match that had the potential to cause heart attacks but it was not to be as the (kaila) screaming could be heard some distance away. Many Tuvaluans also dashed to the nearest screen.
It did not take long before local Fijians organised a truck load of fans and motor bikes, cheering and waving Fiji flags. Somehow there was no shortage of kava which tasted even sweeter. All in all, celebrations did occur in the capital of Tuvalu.