Samoan schools comp keeps the flame alive
Thursday, February 16 2012 @ 06:55 pm ACDT
Contributed by: Brett Northey
Samoa has had a mixed modern history in Aussie Rules. A small band of dedicated volunteers has kept the flame flickering, but at times apparent development perhaps appeared more deep seated than it was with Rugby players taking up the sport in short stints. These issues came to a head with Samoa's absence from IC11 and the recent Youth Oceania Cup.
Happily we can report that Gable Stathis is in Samoa as an Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) posting, filling the role of AFL Samoa development officer. One of his successes has been to organise this weekend's MOTOR1 Aaron Edwards Cup.
The tournament is a village schools lightning carnival to be held between six schools from all around Upulo. The competition is a chance to further develop the game in Samoa and locals are welcome to attend as a perfect opportunity to come and see Australia’s great game in Samoa. Games are on Saturday 25th February 9am to 430pm at Lepa/Lotofaga. Supported by MOTOR1 Samoa and Sa' Moana Resort. The weekend will also includes AFL Samoa stalwarts such as Bernie and Ben Woodland arriving for the AGM.
See also AFL Samoa update for our recent update.