Avele, Leifiifi Colleges ready for challenge

By Vaelei Von Dincklage 14 April 2021, 3:00AM

The top two colleges for Zone A U16 Boys rugby are both ready and looking forward to Wednesday's challenge. 

Avele College is going up against the Church College of Pesega, while Leifiifi College will go head to head with the Church College of Vaiola from Savaii. 

Avele College defeated Wesley College on Monday 29 - 20 while the Church College of Vaiola upset Saint Joseph's College at their school field 21 - 14 securing their place in the semi-finals on Wednesday. 

Pesega College also knocked out one of the schools from the big island, Don Bosco College 20 - 13. Leifiifi got home in a nail-biting 34 -32 win against Leulumoega College and cemented their spot in the semi-finals on Wednesday. 

Speaking to the Samoa Observer, head coach for Leifiifi College U16, Michael Taavao, says that they are expecting a tough game against Vaiola College, as they have witnessed first-hand how the team from Savaii plays.

"We are not going to take our game tomorrow lightly, seeing Vaiola play on Monday, their players were really fit and they are one of the strongest teams in the championship. We are treating every game as the final," he said.

"What we lacked on Monday was our fitness level, and that's what we worked on this morning. We were lucky to win, but we almost lost it. So for tomorrow alone, we are going there a hundred percent and we will do our best."

Avele College head coach, Matauaina Arana, told this newspaper that "trust" is the key principle Avele has going for them. 

He believes that with them (management) trusting their players, everything will go according to plan. He also confirmed that this is the first time Avele College has made it past the quarter-finals in the last two years.

"This is the first time our team has made it to the semi-finals. For us, trust is the key to a good game. We put our trust in our players that they will play to the best of their ability, and we trust ourselves with the game plan that we're going to come up with," he said. 

Mr. Arana mentioned that the physical sizes of Pesega College players can never be met by his boys, however, they are working on how to tackle that issue before they head out on Wednesday. 

"I think the only challenge with Pesega College is the size of their players, they're really big and our boys cannot match up to that. So we are working on something to get over that issue. But I believe in my boys and they will do their best tomorrow [Wednesday] on the field."

He acknowledges the support of the parents, the Principal, the teachers at Avele College and many others who are supporting their team.

"I have seen great support from the parents since we started camping on Saturday, even the Principal and our staff here at Avele, they have been really supportive and very encouraging for our team."

The Violence Free games will kick off the semi-finals for the boys and girls division Wednesday at Saint Joseph's College field, Alafua.

By Vaelei Von Dincklage 14 April 2021, 3:00AM

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