Samoa College student aims high in U.S. football

Fifteen-year-old R.J. Aiafi, a Year 12 student at Samoa College, has set his sights on American football stardom.

The youngest child of Member of Parliament (Faleata West) Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi and Tagaloa Sharon Aiafi told Newsline Samoa he is shooting for the stars.

One of only two players in the country named to the 2020 All-Star Polynesian Bowl to be played in Hawai’i, he’s off to a raring start.

Poly Bowl All Star Thank God and late ‘Coach Tupu’

Eighteen-year-old Belford Viali Filifilia has been named to the Polynesian All-Star Bowl.

“More than excited, he thanked Samoa Gridiron Founder the late Agatupu “Coach Tupu” Lefao for teaching him about the game of football but first he thanked God.

“I am more than excited. This is the opportunity of a lifetime. I’m going to use it well. The first thing I want to do is thank God for the opportunity and the talent,” Belford told Newsline Samoa.

Schools Perform Practice Runs for Pacific Games

Part of the Independence Celebrations entertainment included previews of school performances for the opening and closing ceremonies at the Pacific Games.

More than 2000 students gave the crowd at Mulinu’u last Saturday  a taste of the regional dancing and singing of the country teams they are assigned to cheer for at the Games.

Bula Vinaka, Go Fiji

Fiji will not be lacking in support when they turn up in Apia for the Pacific Games next month in July.

They have these dancing and singing students to make them feel right at home. 

These are the assigned schools who will lead the cheering for ‘their team’ when they come and during competition.

Onlookers at the Tiafau Malae were given a preview of how they will spark their adopted sporting stars to win fame and glory with their singing and dancing.

  Pacific Games Fever Into Schools and Village Early

Roadside flag buntings on long sticks lining both sides of the main road, are becoming early tell-tale signs of the Pacific Games reaching into rural schools and villages around the country.

In one of the villages along the coastal front on the eastern side of Savai’i, buntings showing the colours of Papua New Guinea were lined up from one end to the other.

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