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2015 Private Schools Elementary League kicks off

“We are looking forward to another great season and the numbers of children playing and numbers of spectators at Kanana Fou is a great indication of how popular this competition has become,” explained FFAS President, Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet.
“My thanks to the eight schools participating as well as to the principals for their continued interest in this league,” Faiivae added.
“This is the fifth year since this competition was first started and it is one of our most exciting leagues of the year,” said FFAS CEO, Tavita Taumua. “As is usually the case every year, the schools are contacting us before we contact them, because their students keep asking them over and over, ‘When is the soccer league going to start?’
“Their level of enthusiasm has our office looking forward to running this league every year.”
The age group divisions have remained the same — Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8 for both boys and girls. The competition is a seven-a-side format with one-round robin to be followed by playoffs for the top four teams.
“One of the things that has allowed us to hold this competition successfully is the use of the Kanana Fou Seminary field, because it is a centralized area for all these schools to come to,” Faiivae said. “And for that we are very thankful to CCCAS and the Seminary.
“CCCAS General Secretary, Rev. Reupena Alo, and Kanana Fou Seminary President, Rev. Dr. Moleli Niuatoa have been instrumental in allowing our association to run the Private Schools elementary competition since it first started in 2011.
“Besides having the competition in a centralized area, it is a big field, allowing us to mark four fields each for the older and younger age groups,” he added. “So if you come out to Kanana Fou, we have eight games going on at the same time and this allows us to finish on time and also to complete the competition at an earlier date.”
Faiivae also wanted to thank McConnell Dowell for their donation as a partner for this competition.
“They gave last year and now again this year,” Faiivae said. “So I want to thank McConnell Dowell for their contribution to this league.”
The eight schools competing are Iakina Adventist Academy, Kanana Fou Elementary, Marist St. Francis, Pacific Horizon, Peteli Academy, St. Theresa, Samoa Baptist Academy and South Pacific Academy.
Iakina is the only school not fielding a team in the Girls’ Grades 3-5 while Kanana Fou has two teams in each of the boys and girls divisions.
In the girls’ division, there are eight teams in the Grades 3-5 and nine in the Grades 6-8 level. There are nine teams each in the Boys’ Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8 divisions.
Kanana Fou is the defending title-holder for the boys and girls’ Grades 3-5 divisions, while Peteli Academy won the boys and girls’ Grades 6-8 championships last year.
Games are played every Tuesday and Thursday at Kanana Fou, with the first game starting at 3:30 p.m.

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