Samoa get off to a winning start
Papatoetoe AFC striker Lusia Ioane scored the winner for Samoa in the 57th minute of their opening 'XV Pacific Games' match against Tonga yesterday.
Seven Papatoetoe players had the honour of representing Samoa, with many of the girls making their international debuts and from the result did a great job!
The Toey players who took to the field were Faagi Lima, Hana Vaga, Hazel Peleti, Lusia Ioane, Monique Fisher, Rosei Leota and Shontelle Stevens. Off the pitch Papatoetoe are also represented by Prems coach Andrew Kirk who is Technical Adviser for the Samoan team.
The win has given Samoa a great start to the tournament and they are well positioned to take one of the two qualifying places, that will advance to the semi-finals.
Their next game is against New Caledonia on Wed 8th July (KO: 15:00) and then they play Solomon Islands on Sat 11th July (KO: 12:45) in their final Group A match.
Maori TV are showing a highlights programme from the 'XV Pacific Games' and you can also follow teams progress online at:
The winners of the tournament will play the Football Ferns to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
The Pacific Games is a multi-sport event that takes place every four years and is similar to the Olympics, but with participants from Pacific nations and XV games are being held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea - http://www.portmoresby2015.com
Picture: Courtesy of Facebook (Olga Sagatu).