Young cricketers get their chance

By Ulimasao Fata ,

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Winning Team, Vaiala Beach School.

Winning Team, Vaiala Beach School. (Photo: Misiona Simo)

The best place to develop promising stars in the future is from the grassroots level. 

On Wednesday, the Samoa International Cricket Association held an Under-15 International Cricket Tournament for private schools in Samoa at the cricket field in Tuana’imato.

Four schools participated this year, including Vaiala Beach School, Ah-Mu Academy, Peace Chapel School and Robert Louis Stevenson Primary School.

Tournament Director, Pativia Solomua, said the tournament helps develop young players in the sport.

“Our main aim here at the International Cricket Association is to develop the sport from the grassroots level.

“We believe the grassroots is the foundation level that the game needs more focus on because these young kids will represent Samoa in the future.”

Robert Louis Stevenson representative.
Robert Louis Stevenson representative.
Peace Chapel Boys team winning the Boys division.
Peace Chapel Boys team winning the Boys division.
Vaiala Beach School, Champions of Under-15 Girls International Cricket.
Vaiala Beach School, Champions of Under-15 Girls International Cricket.

Mrs. Solomua says Samoa International Cricket Association believes that teaching the kids while they’re young will benefit them in their game growing up, but will also make the coaches’ work a lot easier.

She added the tournament has been running for three years now.

“We did not have this competition last year because of uncertain circumstances, but we are grateful to have it back this year.

“Another positive outcome is that within this tournament, players are exposed to the international laws and regulations, real gears for the sport, unlike the plastics they have been using in the Under-12 age group.”

At the end, Vaiala Beach School took home the trophy for winning the Under-15 girls competition, with Ah-Mu Academy coming in second place, Peace Chapel third and Robert Louis Stevenson coming in fourth place.

In the boys division, Peace Chapel came first with Robert Louis Stevenson School in second place, Ah-Mu Academy in third spot and Vaiala Beach School coming in fourth.

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