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Black Roses’ ladies going for back-to-back titles

“Black Roses is not a new team to us as we’ve played them many times and also lost to them many times,” recalled Rev. Ioane Evagelia, coach and President of Utulei Youth. “They are like a cousin to us because of the way our girls and theirs interact together off the field.”
One of those losses occurred during their meeting on November 6 in which the defending champs eked out a 1-0 win.
The women’s game for third place also kicks off with Ilaoa & To’omata facing off against Tafuna Jets.
“Utulei Youth has very good players and we are looking forward to playing against them,” said John Ott, Black Roses’ coach. “We are very familiar with one another.”
Utulei finished the season in third place and then went and upset the No. 2 seed, Ilaoa & To’omata, 1-0 in their semi-final match on Nov. 27. Black Roses held off a strong effort by Tafuna Jets in extra time to set up their second championship meeting of an FFAS competition this year.
On April 30 Black Roses defeated Utulei to win the 2010 FFAS Futsal League championship.
“Physically I think we’re evenly matched,” Evagelia said. “They only thing they are better than us is their fitness.”
“We are ready and I know they are ready for what I hope is the best game of the year in the women’s division,” Ott said. “It is not going to be easy playing against them.”
“We’ve only beaten them once in 11-a-side,” Evagelia pointed out. “So we are looking forward to this game and may the best team win.”
“Good luck to Utulei in this match and may the best team win,” echoed Ott.
The women’s games kick off simultaneously at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2010 at Kananafou Theological Center.

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