Warming up for a big week ahead

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WARMING UP: Rainy day didnt stop the rugby touch teams from having a friendly game.

WARMING UP: Rainy day didnt stop the rugby touch teams from having a friendly game.

Sports teams gearing up for an exciting Marist Sports Week Festival ahead got a chance to stretch their legs and test out their combinations during a Rugby League 9’s and Touch Rugby one day tournament during the weekend.

The buildup friendly tournament towards the upcoming festival was made possible through the Samoa Touch Rugby Association, Rugby League Samoa and the Marist Sports Club.

Both events took place on Friday and Saturday at the Marist Sports Complex at Lotopa.

 “The tournament that took place on Saturday was the Connexions 1-Day invitational Men’s Touch tournament. It was organized by the Connexions Touch Rugby Club, and co-sponsored by the Marist Sports club who provided the venue for the event.”

 “The tournaments provided clubs with a great opportunity to gauge where they are at heading into the Marist Touch tournament, and to use this week to regroup and refine their strategies.”

The President of the Marist Sports Club acknowledged the support of different local businesses which have contributed to making this event possible. 

Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio also outlined that one key challenge that the Marist club always encounters was searching for funds in hosting the event every year.

“The Marist International Sports Week is a big undertaking on the part of the club. One of the key challenges of hosting an event of this magnitude of course is funding. As a not for profit organization, we have been busy trying to secure sponsorship to cover the cost to host the event.” 

“Thankfully, we have been extremely blessed by local businesses that have joined our family of sponsors. They all share our vision of developing Samoa’s sporting talent and their support is critical in making this event a success,” Faimalotumua said.

This year the Marist Club has taken a step further and has invited the China Rugby National team to take part for this year’s tournament to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Club.

Marist Sports Club is fortunate hosting the China Rugby Team to strengthen their clubs relationship and an opportunity for the club to expose local talents to international opportunities.

“As a club, we see their visit as an opportunity to strengthen our clubs relationship with China Rugby, and look to see how we can collaborate in the future. Currently there is a Marist rugby player who is in China on scholarship, and will be playing for team China. We hope our relationship may open up more opportunities for our local players to gain rugby scholarships in China,” shares Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio.

“China Rugby is investing significantly in bringing their athletes, management and team of specialists on tour. Their focus will be on the development of their whole team. The tournament and their stay in Samoa will provide a rich experience for their players, both on and off the field.” – Tournament Director, Fata Brian Kaio.

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