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Successful end to 2013 Private Elementary Soccer League

Peteli Academy, the back-to-back, boys Grades 3-5 champions for the FFAS Private Elementary Schools Soccer League with their coaches and supporters. [FFAS MEDIA]

It was another successful end for the 2013 FFAS Private Schools Elementary Soccer League in what has become the best competition so far since it kicked off three years ago.
 
“This league is just growing, and it’s growing bigger every year,” explained FFAS President, Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet.  “I want to thank all of the school principals for working together with our association.”
 
After a month long of round-robin games and playoffs, the champions were crowned on November 28.
 
Samoa Baptist Academy swept the boys and girls’ Grades 6-8 age group, claiming the championship of each division.
 
MVP for the boys was SBA’s Aifili Solaita while coach of the year went to his coach Chris Seui.  The girls MVP went to Miracle Lam Yuen and the coach award to Ruth Tuatoo, both of SBA.
 
Peteli Academy repeated as champions of the boys Grades 3-5 division while first timers St. Theresa claimed the girls side of the bracket.
 
Vannessa Fong of St. Theresa was the girls MVP and while Lesila Fong got the nod for coach of the year.  For the boys, Junior Lealuga was the MVP while Lucille won the coach of the year honors, both of them from Peteli Academy.
 
Caroline Tuiolosega, principal of Pacific Horizons School, in turn thanked Faiivae, CEO Tavita Taumua and the staff for their part in organizing and running the competition.
 
The league increased by way of schools and team numbers, with Catholic schools St. Theresa and Marist St. Francis joining the fold while Iakina Adventist Academy re-joined after participating in only the first year.
 
With the small sided games of 5- and 7-a-side used for the grades 3-5 and 6-8 divisions, respectively, some of the schools with a bigger enrollment fielded two teams in the boys or girls categories.
 
“It was amazing to see the excitement in the children and especially the parents,” Taumua explained.  “It all goes back to Mrs. Tuiolosega after contacting us in the beginning of the year.”
 
Tuiolosega had e-mailed the association about the competition this year, saying she was bombarded with questions from her own students.
 
“They were really excited and looking forward to it,” Tuiolosega said in early August.
 
That started the ball rolling and in during this third year, the older age group started to display better skills with the ball after taking part in the first two years.
 
“We are seeing more of these players becoming better in just the third year,” said FFAS Technical Director Ruben Luvu.
 
 “Our final thanks go to Kanana Fou General Secretary, Rev. Reupena Alo for allowing us use of their field,” a thankful Faiivae said.  “We also thank Rev. Tafa Muasau, president of the Seminary, and his students for being patient with the children, parents and our competition on the days the games were held.
 
“Their partnership with our association is invaluable to us and we cannot thank them enough for allowing us the use of their field.

The Samoa Baptist Academy boys Grades 6-8 team are the 2013 FFAS Private Elementary Schools Soccer League champions of their division. [FFAS MEDIA]
The Samoa Baptist Academy girls Grades 6-8 team are the 2013 FFAS Private Elementary Schools Soccer League champions of their division. [FFAS MEDIA]
St. Theresa Principal Anne Posala (middle) accepts the girls Grades 3-5 championship trophy for the 2013 FFAS Private Elementary Schools Soccer League from President Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet (right) and CCCAS General Secretary, Rev. Reupena Alo. [FFAS MEDIA]


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