THE stage is now set for the Bula FM Marist Volleyball tournament scheduled for June 27-28 in Suva with the organizers finalizing the pools on Thursday evening.
Leading the charge in the women’s division are defending champions, the Anaseini Senioli led Fiji Bitter Marist followed by last year’s finalists Brewers from Vatuwaqa who will be led by national rep Sereani Turova.
Other top contenders for the women’s will be the Claire Delai led Lautoka Flames team and the Security Forces 1 team.
Sixteen teams make up the women’s division who will all fight for the $3,000 top prize.
Fiji Bitter Marist also defends the men’s competition and will also be contested by former title holders, the PDF Rebels from Raiwai, Blackhawks from Kinoya, Senibua Knights from Lautoka and Chips from Suva.
Thirty two teams make up the men’s competition fighting for the $4,000 prize.
“The beauty of the this tournament is that many teams come well prepared so we cannot even count out the other teams,’’ said organizing committee chairman Viliame Katia.
Mr Katia said it was unfortunate that they have had to refund the registration monies for some teams because they had not paid the full amount by the deadline.
“We have given all ample time, this is an annual tournament and all those who follow the sport know when it will be held.”
The tournament will feature the top clubs from the various associations. Teams that have been refunded their monies will be contacted by organizers.
Pool 1: Fiji Bitter Marist, Stingray, FEP Sisters, X Club
Pool 2: Brewers, Tribal, Vitieloma Youth, Xiorone
Pool 3: Flames, Neighbours, Heartland, Security Force 2
Pool 4: Security Force 1, Unix, Senibua Knights, Chips
Pool 1: Fiji Bitter Marist, Highways, Destiny Brothers, Gambling
Pool 2: PFD Rebels, Senibua Knights, Eagles, Liberty
Pool 3: Blackhawks, Drifters, Leo, Chinatown
Pool 4: Chips, Security Force 1, Kaynian, Paradise Bevarage
Pool 5: Red Beard, Blackrock, Groundsmen, Kookai
Pool 6: Xpress Cakau Gold, Toba, Lighthouse, Nakorovou
Pool 7: Gateway Rentals Cakau, Tamavua Bullz, Giants, Vitieloma Youth
Pool 8: Fire, Redhill, X-Club, Qauia