Anoamaa tournament targets district players

The Anoamaa East Rugby tournament will target youth in the district and will strive to develop their talent.

Joseph Kasiano Alualu, a board member of the Anoamaa East Rugby Club and Anoamaa East club referee, said there is a lot of talent in the area and they need to be identified.

"This tournament is to ensure that the boys from the Anoamaa East talent is developed well, not only for the Anoamaa East but also for Anoamaa West as well," he said. "Our tournament started last week and it was indeed a good start for this tournament, so far there are only six teams playing in this tournament."

The six teams are Falefa, Lalomauga,Faleapuna, Lufilufi, Saoluafata and Solosolo. 

Falevao hasn't confirmed whether they'll be participating while the Luatuanuu team will not participate in the tournament due to a brawl between them and Falefa rugby team.

"The village mayor for Luatuanuu Autu Lolesio confirmed during a meeting between village mayors of both Anoamaa West and Anoamaa East that Luatuanuu will not play for this tournament," he added.

Luatuanuu and Falefa had a big clash in the previous year after a match which led to Luatuanuu blocking the road.

"We are hoping to work on the boys discipline and for these kids to stop playing dirty in the field, because I understand that this sort of play led to the brawl between the two teams," he said.

For the tournament, the Anoamaa east is working on a proposal to remove the Anoamaa teams from joining the Atua legends and developing their own team. If approved, then it will no longer be Super Nine but Super 10.

"We see a lot of potential in our players, who knows maybe we have some future Manu Samoa players here, but we want to remove ourselves from the Atua legend and make our own team not because of pride or anything, but its for the boys interest as well," he said.

With their players being chosen to play for the Atua legends, there is a lot of work in terms of getting the kids to where they have their training.

"The principal of St Peter School, Falefa along with Father Petelo Une is working with our main sponsor Schwartz Construction to have a rugby field here in Falefa for this type of tournament, and the work has started already and hoping to be used by 2021," he added.

The tournaments are being held at Saoluafata rugby field and will also feature Red Cross personnel, who will attend to players injuries while the village men will guard the place. 

Rules and regulations have been passed during a meeting between the board members and also the village mayors of the district.

"If a drunken person is found in the field or anywhere inside the field then they will be fine by the village and if a player or spectator starts to stir up trouble then the village team will be ban," he said.

The challenge being faced by the board and their members is trying their best to fix the discipline of the spectators and a few players but for the tournament itself they are impressed with the start off. This week's tournament will be postpone due to the Marist International 7s.

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