ROUND ONE WRAP- SCORES AND COMMENTS
ROUND 1 WRAP
Media Release AFL Samoa
The 2007 National schoolboys championships for Australian football or `Aussie Rules kicked off last Wednesday and Thursday with the round 1 fixture for the rural and metropolitan zones.
It was always going to be a tough physical contest from each school and all teams `came to play' with some `Almost footy Legends' moments that showed the natural athletic prowess and blind courage of young Samoan sportsmen.
In the most impressive display of the rural teams was that of the Nuuausala Demons .
The Demons started full of steam against the enthusiastic and determined Leulomoega lions but after a close 1st quarter the Nuuausala defence changed into a well oiled organized machine stopping any forward attack by the lions and propelling their teams forward attack from the backline.
The Demons ran out winners by 65 points kicking an inaccurate 12 goals 14 behinds =86 against the lions 3 goals 3 behinds=21.
The Leulomoega Kangaroos faced off with the Paul 6 Tigers in a tight tussle that could have gone either way.
Both teams capitalized on one anothers mistakes but the Kangaroos went off at half time 33 point in front. The third quarter was an arm wrestle of Samoan proportions with nine goals kicked in the term.
Paul 6 put up a late fight to stay in the game but could not get the ball close enough to goal to make up the deficit.
The kangaroos finished with 10 goals 8 behinds=68 to defeat the Paul 6 Tigers 4 goals 5 behinds =29.
Physical courage and super overhead skills opitimised this zone.
The Metropolitan Zone was a mixed affair with some of the most courageous marks ever seen being taken all over the field.
The Samoan schools found their wings in these two very different games of `Aussie Rules'football.
The St Josephs Hawkes played host to the Faleata Bombers on the first `full field' game of the tournament. The game was always close with each team taking turns leading the score throughout the game.
At half time only 6 points separated the two teams but St josephs concentrated on kicking long ,giving them more chances to finish off the Bombers who rushed their kicks and over handballed .
The Hawks got up by 12 points.
The last game of round 1 was as `Dr Dazz' would call a `cracker' of a game!
In four quarters of football the Leififi Falcons totally out -played and out- classed their Leififi All Black opponents by kicking an accurate 20 goals 4 behinds to the All-Blacks 1 goal 4 behinds.
With some fantastic team play and strategic forward set up, the Falcons buried the All blacks by 114 points.
The Falcons of Leififi are flying high after their win and it looks like this team could well be the team to beat in the Metropolitan championships.
"If they can play as well as they did against the All-blacks they will be tough to beat, people are talking about this team winning the Metro Championship and winning the Nationals, but I think its too early to make these predictions." Said Michael Roberts, National Game Development officer.
"Nuuausala is well lead by their captain and a few teams are capable of kicking some big scores, the level of competition was high in round one but schools need to practice more this week to show their commitment to their schools pride and to improve towards next round"Roberts said
Long kicking and team work were two stand out measurements of this zone.
- LEIFIFI FALCONS VS ST JOSEPHS HAWKES
2. FALEATA BOMBERS VS LEIFIFI ALL-BLACKS
- LEULOMOEGA LIONS VSPAUL 6 TIGERS
- LEULOMOEGA KANGAROOS VS NUUAUSALA DEMONS