A quality tournament to expose local talents

By Ulimasao Fata ,

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Vailele Team

Vailele Team (Photo: Misiona Simo)

The Vailele team was one of the most entertaining and exciting teams at the 30th Marist Vailima Pure International Sevens tournament.

Vailele topped their Pool, defeating Salelologa and Tufulele.

They proceeded to the Cup Quarter finals and made it to the semifinal where they got knocked out by Apia.

Levi-Asi Fa’amatala, Kerisimasi Fale, Lafaele Va’a and Joe Fuimaono made up part of a very solid squad.

Coach and former Manu Samoa Sevens star Mikaele Pesamino said the Marist Sevens is a great platform to expose and develop young talents.

“It also helps expose them to the international arena especially since the tournament here has brought overseas teams and overseas officials to officiate the tournament.”

A former national player, Coach Pesamino knows how important it is for local players to compete in quality competitions.

“This is a great opportunity for these young boys here to play and showcase their given talents.

Action from the Marist Sevens held at Lotopa last weekend.
Action from the Marist Sevens held at Lotopa last weekend.
Action from the Marist Sevens held at Lotopa last weekend.
Action from the Marist Sevens held at Lotopa last weekend.
Action from the Marist Sevens held at Lotopa last weekend.
Action from the Marist Sevens held at Lotopa last weekend.
Action from the Marist Sevens held at Lotopa last weekend.
Action from the Marist Sevens held at Lotopa last weekend.
Sani Niue of Vaiala team
Sani Niue of Vaiala team
Some of the spectators at the Marist International Sevens.
Some of the spectators at the Marist International Sevens.

“This might be a door of opportunities for them.”

Coach Pesamino was still proud of his boys’ efforts yesterday, and he acknowledged the Marist Sport’s Club for hosting such an event.

“It an unfortunate result for us but I am still proud of the boys,” he said after they dropped out of Cup contention.

“I would like to thank the Marist Sports Club on hosting such a spectacular tournament here celebrating its 30th anniversary.”

Pesamino said it is the 10th time Vailele has taken part.

Vailele lost to Apia during extra time in the semifinal. Apia lost to Auckland Marist in the final.

But Vailele moved on and played B.B.E. Vaiala team for the third and fourth spot.

They lost by 22-7.

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