20 January 2012
A Community Sport program to launch the first national district rugby and netball festival in Tonga was officially opened by the Prime Minister Lord Tu'ivakano today.
In promoting the initiatives to enjoy sports for health, the Ministry of Training, Employment, Youth & Sports jointly organized the events with Tonga Health, Tonga Rugby Union Authority and Tonga Netball Association, to take place during the week from January 12-20.
The national netball festival held tournaments in the Kingdom for Under 13,14,15 & 16 over the week. Likewise for the rugby tournaments, there were games for Under 13.14.15 and 16.
This tournament desired to participate all outer islands teams from ‘Eua, Ha'apai and Vava'u.
Officials believed that this is an opportunity for players to confirm their places for the national team selection of teams for upcoming regional and international tournaments that Tonga partake on.
Although the results showed Tongatapu dominated the games, Vava'u and Ha'apai have shown great improvement with making it to the finals and their performances proven to the other teams they were here for a challenge.
Prizes were awarded to each winning teams with prizes sponsored by Tonga Health.
The Ministry of Training, Employment, Youth & Sports have released the results and awards list for each tournament.
RESULTS OF DISTRICT RUGBY & NETBALL FESTIVAL
NETBALL, Individual Awards
Best shooter for each Grade - Prize $50 each
Best Netball Player For each Grade - Prize Scholarship school Fees $250 each
RUGBY, Individual Awards
Best Goal Kicker for each Grade - Prize $50 each
Best Forward Player $ BEST Back Player for each Grade - Prize, Scholarship School Fees $250 Each.
Overall Best player for Outer Islands - Prize Scholarship Fees $250each
- Vava'u Petisi Manuofetoa $250 Vava'u HighSchool
- Ha'apai Toetu'u Latu $250 Taufa'ahau mo Pilolevu
- ‘Eua Kaufusi Mo'unga $250 ‘Eua High
- Niua Saminosni Taukei'aho Yr 14 $250 Tonga High
- ‘Eua Talakai ‘Aholelei Yr 16 $250 Hofangahau
- Ha'apai So'afa ‘Otuvaka Yr 13 $250 Sosefo
- Vava'u Tu'uta Vaiaku Yr 16 $250 Vava'u High
Trophies and Cash Prizes