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Tough day for Samoa's lawn bowlers

Members of Samoa's lawn bowl team has suffered defeats to Tokelau, Niue and Norfolk Island and recorded one victory against the Cook Islands.

The matches at the Lawn Bowls Greens at Faleata, which started when the Pacific Games competition opened on Monday, saw the women's singles lose to Tokelau 8-21 and the women's fours 10-13 to Niue.

The men's triples lost to Niue 5-23 while the men's pairs defeated Cook Islands 25-8 but went on to loose to Norfolk Island 13-21.

Representing Samoa in the women’ singles, Magalelei Kaleopa said that the competition is getting tough, though they did record a win on Monday.

She said the team continues to persevere despite the bad weather and the losses suffered thus far in the competition.

“I won my games yesterday despite the bad weather – our teams persevered even though getting wet," she said. "As for today it did not go well for me, there’s a feeling of disappointment for having lost my games."

“But I am determined to do my best – at times like this we have to be mentally prepared not to let the bad times affect our focus for the remaining games we have to play."

Kaleopa first started playing lawn bowls four years ago after she was introduced to it by a friend and has acknowledged the support of her family since then. 

“My mother has kept me in her prayers but not only that the supporters during my game," she said. “I am a pre-school teacher but thankfully because schools are not on has helped me play freely.”

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