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Warriors win varsity championship

It was a great championship game and one of two halves — Tafuna dominating the first and then Leone taking over in the second.
The Lions needed a great second half and they got that, coming back from 2-0 to tie it 2-2 with about five minutes to go.
Ryan Petaia, a member of the Lions’ junior varsity championship squad and projected to be the MVP of that division, was moved up to the varsity team for the championship game and made his entrance late in the first half.
And boy did he deliver, scoring a sublime equalizer by tapping in a ball that was about to cross the goal line. Tafuna’s goalie, Willie Mua’au, even thought the ball was going out and jumped out of the way at the last minute and this allowed Petaia’s saving tap to roll slowly inside the goal for the 2-2 score with about five minutes remaining in the match.
Their first goal came on a penalty shot by Risati Mapu early in the second half.
Tafuna’s first goal was also a penalty shot by Dion Ott about five minutes into the match and the second came on a 73-yard clearance kick by rightback Peter Ng Lam that travelled all the way to the end zone, collecting a friendly bounce along the way that went over the head of Leone’s goalie, Satila Tupuola, and into the back of the net.
Tafuna, as the competition’s No. 1 seed, lives up to its ranking by winning the varsity championship.
Leone’s J-V squad’s championship for their division is now also official.
FFAS President Iuli Alex Godinet wishes to thank the Department of Education, DOE Athletics Department and high schools for allowing the association to partner with them in organizing the elementary and high school boys and girls’ leagues.
“It is great seeing our sport being played in these two levels of education, elementary and high school,” Iuli pointed out. “And it is from these competitions that will continue to feed our association with national team players.”
Last year the girls’ HS competition was used to select players for an U-20 OFC tournament that was held earlier this year. The make up of that team was 80% high school players.
FFAS has aspirations of sending a boys team to the OFC U-20 tournament in January 2011 in New Zealand for men and its technical department has jotted down a large number of players from the high school competition that it will invite for trials sometime in the near future.

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