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Four F “Flag Football for Fun" completes first season with good support

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The Laulii Patriots of the Four F, ‘Flag Football For Fun’ League 13-15 year-old division last Saturday at the Faga’alu Park. The Patriots defeated the Aua Redskins last Saturday 8-0 in the championship title game. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

The Four ‘F’ Flag Football For Fun’ League concluded its summer league last Saturday at Faga’alu park by crowning its champions in the 6-8 year old division, 9-12 year old division and the 13-15 year old division.

“The league had eight teams from different villages with a good response from the community,” said the coordinator of the league Mataese Mataese. “In the beginning we even had Tafuna High School’s Junior Varsity football team joining us, which was really great. Unfortunately they had to quit the league to join their own practices at their school but it was really great to see them. I did ask the JV coach at Tafuna about helping out in getting the rest of the high school’s fifteen year old JV players together and just running a league for them to work on their quickness, footwork, speed and skills,” said Mataese.

He went on say that one of the obstacles for this year’s league was transportation problems which plagued some of the players living on the other side of the island.

“I was asked by the Department of Parks and Recreation to help run this league. I have the passion to really help out our kids and to keep them occupied during the summer. We just started the Four F League this year and I want to continue and do an even better job next summer and hopefully we will get more funds to do more things.

Now we have a better idea of what to look for, which means I will definitely start early next time and notify all of the villages even earlier. I just want to keep the kids occupied with this great sport and hopefully they will gain something positive from it that they can use in life,” he said.

The president of the Four F League Aneseti Vaisagote spoke to Samoa News, and acknowledged how well the players did throughout the summer program, congratulating every one of them.

“I want to acknowledge how well everyone played. This league was made for the youth to come out and have fun this summer doing something good and positive. Hopefully they can use what they learned in the next level of play. This league was also about learning teamwork and good sportsmanship,” said Vaisagote.

In the Semi-Final match ups to start the day, the Laulii Patriots squeaked by the Fagasa Dolphins by a score of 6-0 to make it in the finals against Team Teleise in the 6-8 year old division, while the 9-12 year old division had the Laulii Patriots downing the Nu’uuli 49ers 24-18 in their Semi-Final match up that took 6 overtimes to finish out the game. In the last Semi-Final game of the day, the Laulii Patriots were victorious once again, but this time in the 13-15 division, as they defeated the Nu’uuli 49ers 18-0.

The championship match ups were finally set with the village of Laulii fielding a team in all three divisions, as they were able to take one of the three championship games. In the 6-8 year old division championship game, Team Teleise took the championship title by defeating Laulii by a score of 6-0. The Aua Redskins defeated Laulii 8-0 in the 9-12 year old division championship match up, while Lalulii pulled out a victory in the 13-15 year old division championship title game by defeating Aua in close battle by a score of 8-0.

The Four F League was part of this year’s 2012 Summer Youth Program sponsored by the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Commerce.



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