Faleata District Schools Rugby Team Defend the Prime Ministers Cup

Faleata District (in yellow and red) against A’ana District 2 in this weeks Prime Minsters Cup challenge

By Lagi Keresoma

APIA, SAMOA – THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2018: The Faleata District school rugby team that has won the Prime Ministers Cup Tournament twice is pulling all stops to ensure the Cup remains with them after this week’s tournament.

The tournament is currently underway at the Leififi School grounds with representative teams from 13 districts schools from both islands vying for the Cup.

Faleata has retained the Cup since 2016.

Vaimea Primary School Principal who is also the Faleata District Rugby Team Secretary Tonu’u Fuamoli said Faleata has displayed good prowess winning their first game yesterday.

She said the tournament used to be played amongst individual schools; however that changed three years ago when the tournament officials decided to run it as a district tournament for schools.

“There are ten schools within one district, and each district had their own tournament then selected their best players to formalise one team for the district for the PM Cups tournament,” said Tonu’u.

A’ana District 1 against Fa’asaleleaga District 1

Tonu’u is proud of her team’s achievement commending the rugby development strategy within all schools representing Faleata.

These schools include Primary schools from Vaimea, Vaimoso, Lepea, Vailoa, Vaigaga,Vaitele, Aele, Saina, Toamua and Aleisa.

She also commended the transition from schools to district as a way to develop relationships between students and sharing amongst teachers.

Yesterday’s competition saw A’ana District 1 defeat Fa’asaleleaga District 1, and Faleata District easily beat A’ana district 2.

The tournament is scheduled for the whole week and is coordinated by the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture with the assistance of the Samoa Rugby Union (SRU).

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