Marist St Joseph’s Sevens wins against all odds

APIA, SAMOA – MONDAY 05 NOVEMBER 2018: The Marist St Joseph’s 7s team has returned home as champions of the 2nd Auckland MBOPA 7s Tournament last week.

Despite the loss in their first game, the team showed great character and improved in every game and overcame some tough opponents in the finals.

The campaign didn’t start as well as it finished as the team faced many challenges such as sourcing sponsors who understandably were hesitant due to the results previously posted by the team.

Despite the many critics and doubters, the management kept their faith and belief in the work they were doing and the players they had. Fortunately they were able to take the core of the team that were consistently improving and peaked at the right time.

Then there were those who still believed in the team!

“We the management, captain and team would like to acknowledge our many sponsors in Samoa for making this tour possible. Vailima Breweries, Marist Brothers Old Pupils Association, PPS, Aumua Ming Leung Wai, Pacific Fiduciaries Samoa Limited, Sivatau, Horizon, Asotas1 Le Property Host Samoa, Sign Studio and all our individual supporters who gave generously to our sponsor sheets.
“We’d also like to acknowledge the Auckland MBOPA for hosting us and providing accommodation in collaboration with the Otahuhu RFC, food and basic amenities. Tino Jr. Poluleuligaga and the Papatoetoe RFC for allowing us to use their facilities and equipment. Doug Sanft and Alesio Petelo of Ardmore Marist Counties for the friendly games and hospitality. Also to all those who gave up their time to visit and gift food etc during our camp at Otahuhu RFC.”

Team List
1. Fetufou Setu (C)
2. Sikeli Dau
3. Meki Magele
4. Niko Salimu
5. Jese Qaraniqio
6. Faletoa Moli
7. Maauga I’amanu
8. Filemoni Filemoni
9. Mo’omo’o Faleniko
10. Demus Kururangi
11. Selwyn Loamanu
12. John-Philip Ngatoko
13. Mose Filipo
14. Nathan Fiti

Head Coach – Sei Rob Johnston
Assistant Coach – Laulu Rocky Ata Matatumua
Manager – Joseph Lemana
Physio- Sonny Peter Sulā
Spiritual Advisor- Faleata Hele Matatia

Pool C Results against Tama ole Mau (NZ), Otahuhu 7’s, Salevao Nofoali’i and Letasi 7’s.
MSJ 15 – Tama ole Mau (NZ) 21
MSJ 29 – Salevao, Nofoalii 17
MSJ 36 – Otahuhu 7s 0
Cup Quarter FINAL MSJ 24 – Aana Chief (Samoa) 22
Cup Semi FINAL MSJ 14 – Eels (Samoa) 5
Cup Grand FINAL MSJ 12 – Apia Maroons (NZ) 10