Niu Netball Club recognizes players and members
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — This past Saturday, January 4, 2020, supporters and members of Niu Netball Club enjoyed a night of laughter and fun at the Naumati Room, Tradewinds Hotel during the club’s first annual prize giving and awards ceremony. (A gift exchange for the holidays was also part of the agenda).
Niu Netball is under the leadership of club president Baron Thomsen and officials that include Tracy Fuimaono, Tasi Tuvaifale, and Ipi Ieli. Representing the American Samoa Netball Association at the “Fire and Ice” event was Dr. Fiona who spoke briefly about the short history of Niu Netball Club.
Two boys of Niu Netball Club during a sing-off, which was one of the many games played during the club’s first annual prize giving and awards ceremony held this past Saturday at Tradewinds Hotel. [photo: Blue Chen]
According to her, less than a year ago, Niu Netball VP Tasi had come in to pay the registration fee for the club but they lacked players. “So he was standing there trying to recruit people to fill their roster,” Dr. Traill reminisced. The club was formed last summer and sponsored by Basel Ake and Niu Construction. Since then, it has grown to include over two dozen members. The team participated in the SCOPA tournament in Samoa this past November and placed an impressive 4th overall out of 21 teams.
Niu Netball Club vice president Tasi Tuvaifale and club member Emily Lomu during a sing-off this past Saturday, during the club’s first annual prize giving and awards ceremony. [photo: Blue Chen]
Tisha Iese with the “Men’s MVP Award” presented this past Saturday at the Naumati Room, Tradewinds Hotel during the first annual prize giving and awards ceremony for Niu Netball Club. Also pictured is club president Baron Thomsen. [photo: Blue Chen]
Saturday’s event was co-hosted by president Thomsen and club member Annie Coffin.
Anna Purcell (center) smiling with her “Women’s Best Defender Award” this past Saturday during the first annual prize giving and awards ceremony for Niu Netball Club. Also pictured are club president Baron Thomsen and his co-host Annie Coffin. [photo: Blue Chen]
Pictured are some of the recipients of the “Special Awards”:
- Jeremy Leapai - Men’s Young Promising Player
- Emily Lomu - Women’s Young Promising Player
- Faith Taimaaiono - Women’s Young Promising Player
- Ricardo Lomu - Men’s Best Defender
- Teni Captain Lomu - Men’s Best Defender
- Anna Purcell - Women’s Best Defender
- Neon Siaki - Women’s Best Attacker
- Jeffrey Luteru - Men’s Best Attacker
- Mosese Lomu - Men’s Uprising Player
- Cassandra Lemana - Women’s Uprising Player
- Alani Magele-Thomsen - Women’s MVP
- Tisha Iese - Men’s MVP
- Tasha Faaloua - Uprising Attacker
- Lydia Epa Gurr - Uprising Shooter
- Mativa Kosena Masoe - Female Shooter of the Year
- Moses Lomu - Male Shooter of the Year
Certificates of participation were presented to: Faith Taimaaiono, Emily Lomu, Dira Lemana, Williza Tulisua, Cassandra Tafa Lemana, Steven Taumaaiono, Jeremy Leapai, Jeffrey Luteru, Teni Captain Lomu, Ilah Lomu, Ricardo Randy Lomu, Moses Lomu Jr., Tasha Tuvaifale Faaloua, Neon Siaki, Alani Magele Thomsen, Lydai Epa Gurr, Mativa Masoe Kosena, Agalelei Fatuesi, Uini Tanuvasa, Tisha Iese, Anna Purcell, Ipi Ieli, Annie Coffin, Tracy Fuimaono, TasI Tuvaifale, Baron Thomsen, and Mona Peti.