4 June 2023 Apia Samoa Source: Lakapi Samoa Development. Palauli-i-Sisifo College are back-to-back Champions of the Bank South Pacific School National Rugby 7s Championships.
The district high school from Savaii edged out Itu-o-Tane College to take out the title for a second year in a row.
The defending champs never looked threatened in the road to the championship final.
Palauli-i-Sisifo left Wesley College tryless 24-0 in the quarterfinal before they put away Safata College 32-12 in the semifinal.
From the other side of the draw finalists Itu-o-Tane just managed to edge out Falealili College by a close 10-5 semifinal after an equally tough 14-10 quarterfinal against Aleipata.
The Most Valuable Player of the Tournament went to Jannel Fereti of Palauli-i-Sisifo.
Youngsters from the school girls’ competition will no doubt be featuring for the clubs at this weekend’s Digicel 35th Marist International Rugby 7s tournament.
CEO of Lakapi Samoa Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai acknowledged the support from BSP towards both 2023 Samoa School Rugby National 15s and 7s Championship.
Lakapi Samoa received a boost of ST$15,000 from Bank of South Pacific to host the titles, presented as a cheque of $10,000 plus ST$5,000 worth of BSP merchandise donated for the event.
Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai and Jennifer Ula-Fruean.
“BSP’s kind support has helped us organize the school national championships that aim to not only develop rugby as an equal opportunity sport, but also encourage healthy living, promoting friendship and unite students,” said Faleomavaega.
During the presentation of its sponsorship earlier this year BSP Samoa Country Manager, Jennifer Ula Fruean said, “BSP is proud to invest towards the development of juniors – both boys and girls at the school level.”
“This is exciting for us to be involved with these youngsters at the school level and provide a pathway for future stars.”
Fruean says the sponsorship of school rugby is just one of BSP’s initiatives to support sports development in Samoa.
“The bank has also been actively involved in supporting grassroots sports programs, sponsoring various community events, and partnering with local sports organizations to promote development,” added Fruean.
“We believe in supporting the communities we operate in. Whether it be through sports development among our youngsters in the community level or through our Community Projects covering Health and Education.”