Women taking the field Nofoalii's 2020 highlight
The Nofoalii Blackies on Saturday celebrated the successful launching of their first-ever women's team on Saturday - something they said had defined the year of 2020 as a success for the club.
Called the Aana Blues, the team was established earlier in 2020, and was able to compete in various rugby competitions, including the sevens and the 10-aside for women.
Club President Laufiso Tomasi Peni said on Saturday that the highlight of their 2020 was the Blues' establishment.
"Our ladies did an awesome job last year, and moving forward we hope that they will achieve their ultimate goal this year," he said.
"We are very proud of you all, prepare again for this year. We are expecting a lot more from you all. No doubts we will have a great year, and we will continue with our hard work like we did this year," he added.
Nofoalii ladies had only previously participated in netball, never rugby, but attendees at the club's end-of-year presentation said that seeing them take to the field had been an inspirational sight.
Some women also made into national teams, others have played in the lakapi championship series, the Vodafone national seven series, and other sevens tournaments.
They also have girls who served as linesmen at the Aana District sevens last year, at which one Lakapi Samoa representative, Toluiva Keneti, told the Samoa Observer that they will continue to push for equality not only in sports but for match officials.
And they have started with the employment of women as linesmen.
The sevens tournament that was canceled last month was supposed to feature some of the Aana Blues' players. But the Nofoalii Club President also confirmed that their two teams will be back again this year and coming back stronger.