Local tag teams reign victorious in American Samoa
Four local teams that traveled to American Samoa to participate in its first 'Samoa na lua' tag Tournament were undefeated and got the top placings.
Letava Vailima Bulldogs Tag secured the championship spot in the Men’s Division Tag Champions, after going head to head in the finale with another team from Upolu, Samurai Samatau.
Bulldogs went head to head in the finale with another team from Upolu, Samurai Samatau. They won by 5-1.
The first half of the game was tough for both sides with half time scores sitting at 1-1. A few minutes after the second half whistle went off, Bulldogs managed to pull through with four more, to secure their win.
In the mix division, a mixture of local teams, Titan women and Samatau men's team, called M&M, secured top placing against another team from Upolu, Cabella Avengers.
Bulldogs Team Coach, Asiata Alfred Lua said the victory feels good as they have come a long way.
The team cannot wait to return and celebrate with families and friends who have been constant supporters.
"We had so many fundraising in order to get here, and it has finally pulled off, as champions" he said.
The group comprise 18 people with 16 players who traveled to American Samoa, last Thursday. They will be returning on Saturday.
"The hardest part was when we were there in Upolu, trying to fund-raise and look for money for our fares.
"We also had a problem when we were supposed to leave on the boat to American Samoa but was postponed due to the delay in receiving permits.
"So we had to suddenly change plans and catch a plane in order to make it in time, and it was quite expensive to fly here."
They are currently based at Reverend Leo Mavaega's home in Taputimu.
Asiata thanked everyone who supported them throughout their journey to American Samoa.
"We would love to say thank you to everyone back home who have been supportive while our team were out here playing and trying for the tag tournament.
"Our families, friends, sponsors and everyone who assisted us and made sure we were able to get here."