Thank you for coming, Leaupepe Ross Taylor!

By Ulimasao Fata ,

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Saoluafata Church Members and Minister Rev Limua’a Samuelu with Ross Taylor.

Saoluafata Church Members and Minister Rev Limua’a Samuelu with Ross Taylor. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

There are many famous sons and daughters of Samoa overseas.

They claim to be proud of Samoa but never bother to lift a finger to help let alone to visit.

“And that sets you apart Ross Taylor. And we thank you because you have come, you are here.”

These words from Reverend Dr. Siaosi Salesulu, of E.F.K.S. Vailele, set the tone for a wonderful evening at the Orator Hotel on Friday night.

The occasion was a fundraising dinner hosted by Samoa International Cricket, with former Black Caps captain, Leaupepe Ross Taylor being the guest of honour. He was accompanied by another former Black Cap, Murphy Su’a. 

Rev. Salesulu, who is  also a Board Member of the Samoa International Cricket, congratulated Leaupepe on his achievements.

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said the sport has come a long way in Samoa, 20 years after it was registered.

Etu Tusitala, Luteru Ross Taylor, Sooalo Mene, Minister Ti’alavea Tionision Hunt and Fuimaono Alex Wright.
Etu Tusitala, Luteru Ross Taylor, Sooalo Mene, Minister Ti’alavea Tionision Hunt and Fuimaono Alex Wright.
Angela Pauga, Faafouina Samuelu with Ross Taylor
Angela Pauga, Faafouina Samuelu with Ross Taylor
The Australian High Commissioner and Rev Limua’a Samuelu.
The Australian High Commissioner and Rev Limua’a Samuelu.
Luteru Ross Taylor presents P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi with a jersey.
Luteru Ross Taylor presents P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi with a jersey.
Staff of the New Zealand High Commision with Ross Taylor and Murphy Su’a.
Staff of the New Zealand High Commision with Ross Taylor and Murphy Su’a.
Ross Taylor with guests.
Ross Taylor with guests.
WELCOME HOME: Leaupepe Ross Taylor with the Saoluafata Youth.
WELCOME HOME: Leaupepe Ross Taylor with the Saoluafata Youth.
Saoluafata youth girls
Saoluafata youth girls

He took a journey down memory lane, paying tribute to cricket stalwarts like Seb Kohlhase, who is a founding member of the Association. He said he encouraged the development of the sport because he knows athletes could earn money from it.

“I knew from there that we have to pursue International Cricket because of the amount of income we can get from it, rather than the traditional Samoan Cricket.”

The entertainment for the evening was provided by the Saoluafata Youth, who have just returned from a tour of the United States. 

Leaupepe Taylor has roots in Saoluafata through his mother, Ann. Leaupepe and Su’a hosted a Q&A session and invited questions from the floor.

An auction of Leaupepe’s gear was carried out by Etu Tusitala.

All the proceeds from the evening are for the development of cricket.

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