Age is just a number – cricketers rejoice

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WE LOVE CRICKET: Former M.P. Tuuu Anasi'i  (second from left) was among the stars of the tournament.

WE LOVE CRICKET: Former M.P. Tuuu Anasi'i (second from left) was among the stars of the tournament.

All good things must come to an end. 

And so it was for competitors in the Pacific Senior Cricket Championship held at Tuana’imato for the past 10 days.

LOVING IT: The Samoan team.

LOVING IT: The Samoan team.

On Tuesday night, the tournament wrapped up during a gathering at the Samoa Tourism Authority Fale where Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, mixed and mingled with the players.

“We always enjoy playing host to any sports or conferences here in our small island country,” Tuilaepa said. 

Nuulopa Team

Nuulopa Team

Hosting this tournament was no exception, he added.

General Manager of the Samoa International Cricket Association, Salā Stella Tagitau, spoke about the friendships and bonds that have been developed during the tournament.

LOVING IT: The Samoan team.
LOVING IT: The Samoan team.
Nuulopa Team
Nuulopa Team
President of the Victoria Cricket Team Greg Johnson presenting a gift to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.
President of the Victoria Cricket Team Greg Johnson presenting a gift to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.
Some of the guests enjoying the evening.
Some of the guests enjoying the evening.

Some of the guests enjoying the evening.

Some of the guests enjoying the evening.

 “I want to thank the Pacific Senior’s Group for a wonderful ten days of fun, cultural exchange, friendship and fantastic cricket,” she said.

“We have witnessed amazing batting, bowling, fielding and running and it goes to reaffirm that age is just a number.

“I sincerely hope that you all have had an enjoyable and memorable time in Samoa experiencing our culture and seeing our way of life.”

President of the Victoria Cricket Team Greg Johnson presenting a gift to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

President of the Victoria Cricket Team Greg Johnson presenting a gift to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

President of the Victoria Senior Cricket, Greg Johnson, in response acknowledged Sala and her team for a job well done. He promised to return and they will also help to develop young Samoan cricketers.

“What a fantastic time we have had here in Samoa,” he said. 

“It’s wonderful in life when you have a life experience that exceeds your expectations. We all have gone on holiday not knowing what to expect and I reckon this trip and tournament exceeded our expectation, it has been a wonderful tournament.

“Coming to Samoa has been terrific, from the facilities, the grounds, the organisation and the amount of work that’s been done is truly amazing.”

The formalities ended with the exchanging of gifts.

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