The Samoa Tag (Rugby) Incorporated (S.T.I.) hosted its first ever Tag Tournament in Samoa at the Marist Grounds Mulivai last week Saturday.
It was an event filled with great excitement and frolicsome atmosphere for the teams who participated.
The president of S.T.I, Fa’aofonu’u Junior Leota, marks his commitment to the sport and its growth in our country with great zeal and enthusiasm. The successful tournament last Saturday was an indication of it all.
It was an historical event for sports as it was the first ever Tag tournament in Samoa.
Ten teams participated which were made out of the local business communities, sports clubs, Police Force, Fire brigades, village members, and families.
Tau Magikk Tuxx walked away with the winning prize of $500 and Taula boxes.
The top 4 teams all received cash prizes while the rest of the teams received consolation prizes. Comments from members of the winning team praised the tournament organizers and urged the sporting public to try out Tag Rugby in future tournaments.
They also added that they only just formed their team on the day of the tournament and found that it was a very fun and an easy sport to learn and it is suitable for all age groups.
Saturday’s Male Player of the tournament, Jobenz Manoa was very excited to share his first experience playing Tag Football.
“It’s a great sport and I had just formed a fantastic vision of the game.
For Tag being the first time ever played competitively in Samoa, I saw great interest out there on the fields today and I must applaud the efforts put in by S.T.I. for organizing this tremendous tournament.”
He added that he finally found his sport. S.T.I. had invited Ronnie Nili from NZ Tag to run clinics prior to last week’s tournament which basically covered rules and guidelines for the game.
Workshops were also conducted for officials and coaches.
Fa’aofo acknowledged his presence and appreciation towards Ronnie’s efforts in providing this service and having these clinics available for coaches and players.
Fa’aofo also thanked other sporting bodies such as Samoa Soccer Federation who helped with the marking of the fields and Samoa Touch Association who collaborated with teams entered for the tournament.
There were also members of Samoa Rugby League and Rugby union clubs whom also entered teams on the day.
Other than the players there was also a great turn out of supporters and families young and old who came along to cheer and enjoy.
The Samoa Tag One day Tournament was also made possible by the support and sponsorship received from the local business community in particular, Taula Beverage, Digicel Samoa, Business System Limited, Orator Hotel and JP Sports Bar.
S.T.I. plans to host more successful tournaments in the near future and already have their eyes set on the upcoming Easter holidays.