Marist A and St. Joseph A top Catholic U-12 cricket tournament
An Under-12 cricket tournament for three Catholic primary schools officially concluded on Tuesday with Marist Brothers A taking top honours in the Boys' division while St. Joseph A took home the trophy for the Girls' division.
Samoa Cricket Association (S.C.A.) member and coordinator of the tournament Kalala Tanuvasa told the Samoa Observer that the event is an initiative by S.C.A to further improve the development of cricket starting from the grassroots level and primary schools.
"The tournament today by the Samoa Cricket Association is not new, and it has been going on for the past few years now. Today's event was for Catholic primary schools but we are also going to hold similar tournaments for government schools and private schools as well," she said.
"We are thankful and we really appreciate the support from all the schools, the principals, and the teachers for showing up today and giving it their all out there. Congratulations to the winning teams for their outstanding performance today, and we hope to see them again in next year's tournament."
Ms. Tanuvasa said that they will be holding the Under-15 tournament for the same schools this coming Friday.
The Marist Brothers School's teacher and head coach of the champion team - Marist A - Setefano Tavoi, relayed yesterday that he is very happy about the result his boys achieved and that he fully supports events such as the cricket tournament to promote healthy living through physical activities and sports.
"We have been preparing for the tournament since the start of this school year, and I'm very proud of how the boys performed in all their matches, and I'm also very thankful we were able to win the finale against Saint Theresa Primary School who was a very tough opponent for us," Mr. Tavoi said.
"Sports is very important not only to maintain health and physical wellbeing but it can also be a career path our children can earn a living from."
The award for best batting came from Marist Brothers School: Lusi Tamaloto. When speaking to the Samoa Observer yesterday the player said that he loves cricket and hopes one day he could play for Samoa's national cricket team.
"I hope that in the future I could get to play and represent Samoa in the sport of cricket. My father played the Samoan version of cricket and he's still playing to this day, I think he is the one I get my love for cricket from" said Lusi.
The results from the Catholic Primary Schools' tournament at the Tuanaimato cricket grounds were as follows"
1. Marist Brothers A
2. Saint Theresa Primary School
3. Marist Brothers D
4. Marist Brothers B
5. Saint Joseph A
6. Saint Joseph B
7. Saint Joseph C
8. Marist Brothers C
9. Marist Brothers E
10. Marist Brothers F
1. Saint Joseph A
2. Saint Theresa
3. Saint Joseph C
4. Saint Joseph B
BEST FEMALE BOWLER: Melina Sefilino of Saint Theresa P/S
BEST FEMALE BATTER: Maria Alyna Vaifale of Saint Joseph
BEST MALE BATTER: Lusi Tamaloto
BEST MALE BATTER: Frankuff Roache