Double celebration for Marist St Joseph's
The Marist St Joseph’s U20 and Senior A teams are the shield holders for their respective divisions according to the Faleata Rugby Union Tournament Director.
Lemalu John Lemisio confirmed the winners when contacted by the Samoa Observer on who were the winners of the tournament.
He said Marist St Joseph's claimed the shield after the first round and are now the holders of the Faumuina Anapapa shield.
"The first round of the Vailima shield ended with Marist St Joseph's claiming the title and becoming the holder of the shield after defeating Lepea 19–11," he said.
“The Marist are now the holders of the Faumuina Anapapa shield.
"Not only that but the Marist U20 also claimed the Aiono shield and are currently leading their pool.
“Not only did we celebrate our two teams winning their shield, we also celebrated one of our patron's 71st birthdays as well in Tootooalii Tofilau Sir Doby Kapisi.”
Lemalu said that the Faleata Rugby Union will also be kicking off their Nine-a-side this week, so that they can have players join the Samoa Rugby League and participate in the Island of Origin competition.
"This week we will run our Nine-a-side tournament, this is to see how many teams will make it into the Samoa Rugby League tournament where they will select players for the Island of Origin and be in the Tumua ma Pule clash.
"Faleata Rugby Union aims to participate in any sporting event so we won't have to stand in the way of our athletes' future and also to showcase their talents.
“We also want our athletes to be a part of the Island of Origin and get selected into our national rugby league team [Toa Samoa] so that more local players can be in the Rugby League world Cup.”
The RLWC is scheduled to be held in the United Kingdom this year between 23 October and 27 November.
Toa Samoa is in Group A of the RLWC and has three games against England (23 October), Greece (31 October) and France (7 November).
Samoa’s match against England will officially open the 2021 RLWC and will be played at the St James Park in Newcastle, England.