Netball builds stronger bonds

By Vatapuia Maiava ,

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A.G.’s Office enjoying the night.

A.G.’s Office enjoying the night.

With the end of Netball Samoa’s Business House tournament last week, it is safe to say that success was met in more ways than one.

Apart from the all out enjoyment and fun for all who took part, the tournament also helped form stronger bonds between teams in a very healthy and active way.

BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS: Team Pink Balls and Coconati having fun.

BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS: Team Pink Balls and Coconati having fun.

Now with rivalries out of the way, Netball Samoa hosted a small prize giving event on Monday night at Home Café to reward those who are deserving and to further create friendships between businesses in a fun atmosphere.

“Tonight we’re celebrating the end of a really successful business house tournament with our major sponsors ‘Reckitt Benckiser’, Taula beer and also associate sponsor Pacific Forum Line,” Netball Samoa’s C.E.O. Rosemarie Esera told the Samoa Observer.

KEEPING THINGS CLASSY: Asia Stanley, Gloria Takazawa, Tamara Tomane, Demus Palamo and Barbara Tino.

KEEPING THINGS CLASSY: Asia Stanley, Gloria Takazawa, Tamara Tomane, Demus Palamo and Barbara Tino.

“The tournament in general is just to have people actively engaging in sport; preferably in netball.

“We are encouraging a lot of companies to enter their teams and social clubs as an activity for team bonding.”

MOST IMPROVED: Team TV3 enjoying the night.

MOST IMPROVED: Team TV3 enjoying the night.

According to Ms. Esera, teams were happy with the outcome of the tournament stating that they feel stronger as a group than ever.

“Just getting some of the feedback from some of the teams saying that we have reached that goal,” she said.

TAULA MAKING SURE NO ONE LEAVES THIRSTY: Cheyenne, Caroline and Alofa

TAULA MAKING SURE NO ONE LEAVES THIRSTY: Cheyenne, Caroline and Alofa

BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS: Team Pink Balls and Coconati having fun.
BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS: Team Pink Balls and Coconati having fun.
KEEPING THINGS CLASSY: Asia Stanley, Gloria Takazawa, Tamara Tomane, Demus Palamo and Barbara Tino.
KEEPING THINGS CLASSY: Asia Stanley, Gloria Takazawa, Tamara Tomane, Demus Palamo and Barbara Tino.
MOST IMPROVED: Team TV3 enjoying the night.
MOST IMPROVED: Team TV3 enjoying the night.
TAULA MAKING SURE NO ONE LEAVES THIRSTY: Cheyenne, Caroline and Alofa
TAULA MAKING SURE NO ONE LEAVES THIRSTY: Cheyenne, Caroline and Alofa

“We have P.F.L. panthers who say they grew stronger together; another great team who bonded well is TV3 as well as O.C.L. Royal Family.”

But this tournament goes very well with Netball Samoa’s plans to create lasting partnerships.

“As part of one of the goals for Netball Samoa’s strategic plan is attracting and strengthening partnerships as well as having a sustainable development programme,” Ms. Esera said.

“So we see the business house tournament as part of our Samoa net programme where we are encouraging older or more mature people to engage in sport.

“We will hopefully provide active bodies and a healthy lifestyle.”

With overflowing Taula Beer and delicious dishes, the atmosphere was too enjoyable to hold onto old grudges.

So all teams decided to leave everything on the court and just enjoy the night together.

“The atmosphere tonight is just an enjoyable one,” Ms. Esera said.

“Like I said it is a celebration for the success of the event, and we hope that teams get to mingle with one another and enjoy the night instead of just battling it out on the netball court.”

Ms. Esera concluded with a word of thanks to those who made everything possible behind the scenes.

“I would like to thank our major sponsors once more to all the major sponsors and those who donated to make sure this night was a success,” she said.

“Most of our prizes have been sponsored by Taula; they provided us with Bibs, crates of beer and for the enjoyment of all the teams they have provided us with two kegs of beer.

“So we are really appreciative for our sponsorship from Taula; I would also like to make note that this isn’t the first time Taula has been a very strong supporter for Netball Samoa.

“Not only with our business house but also with our kid’s netball with the Taxi campaign ‘I am Sport’.

“Our prizes also include trophies and cash prizes." 

Winners:

First Prize: S.S.A.B. Diamonds took home the Shield trophy, SAT$400, 1 set of Bibs and 3 crates of Taula beer.

Second Prize: A.S.T. Industries took home SAT$300, 1 set of Bibs, two netball balls and 2 Crates of Taula beer.

Third Prize: Pink Balls took home SAT$150, Bibs, Netball ball, and 1 crate of Taula beer.

Most Improved Team: TV3 walked away with 2 netball balls, 1 crate of beer and a trophy.

Player of the Tournament: Geraldine Taefu

Most Spirited Team: M.C.I.L. who walked away with a crate of beer, two netball balls and a trophy

Win or Lose team: P.F.L. Panthers who walked away with a trophy and a netball ball

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