Super Kidz programme hits off
The very first Under 17 Samoa (International) Cricket Association (S.I.C.A.) tournament started on Saturday with 12 teams competing in the 7-week competition.
The 12 teams are composed of children drawn from the Association's "Super Kidz Super Hit" programme, which includes eight boys' teams and four girls' teams.
The teams include: Tausala, West Side, Samoa Lalelei, Giants, Red Fern, Sharks, Lions, Riverside, Teine o le Ma'a, Finau Boys, Eagles and Young Mustangs.
The tournament coordinator, Pativia Solomua, said the competition was an opportunity for young players to put skills they have learnt into practice.
"This tournament is a new one, and we have an ongoing program that includes any child that is interested in international cricket and wants to join and learn the skills and such about the sport," she said.
"This program has no age limit some of these kids come in at about 14 years old so we still start from the basics and teach them the drills about batting, bowling and also fielding.
"That’s where this morning comes in; they are now putting it into action, what they have been learning from the beginning of the year."
In Pool A, Westside defeated Tausala by 59-58, Samoa Lalelei defeated the Giants by 93-56, and the Sharks defeated Red Fern by 17-16.
In Pool B, Lions defeated Riverside by 40-39, Finau Boys won against Teine ole Ma'a by 63-61 while Young Mustangs thrashes Eagles by 101-40 runs.
Solomua said the tournament was expected to draw about 220 young players.
The tournament is possible due to a partnership between the National Bank of Samoa and the Association.
Solomua exteded her sincere appreciation to the sponsors and the supporters especially the parents of the children.
"We would like to thank for the National Bank of Samoa for sponsoring our tournament, thank you for reaching out to assist the kid’s programme, and I hope the collaboration will continue to grow with these guys," she said.
"Also the principals from Faleata district schools, especially the parents of these kids, because I believe if it wasn’t for the support from the parents to let their children come, we probably wouldn’t even get this many kids."