Pat in Samoa - Father Simone Underline 22 October, 2011
Digicel Barbarians team manager Patrick Gock posts regular updates from the Marist Samoa (21-22 Oct) and Oceania 7s (28 -29 Oct) happening in Samoa.
Last night we had Father Simone Ah Lo present the jerseys to the boys. You must be wondering why we got Fr Simone? Well the answer is because of his connections to Fiji. Father Simone worked at Mount St Mary’s parish in Nadi for 3 years and also played rugby and managed the St Mary’s team taking them up from the 2nd division to senior grade.

He is well versed with the Fijian community and our customs.

Fr Simone gave words of encouragement and wisdom to the boys. He specifically mentioned that he was disappointed that his team (Fiji) did not do well in the Rugby World Cup and that it was now the duty of the sevens boys and management to lift the name of rugby back home in Fiji.

He told the players to think about their vanua, family, the Fiji Rugby Union and the nation as a whole. He mentioned that without team work and unity within the team and management it would be difficult to achieve goals. Fr Simone blessed the jerseys and presented it to the boys and we had tea after that.

Our host (Marist) and the hotel where we stay in (the Teuila Hotel) have been looking after the team very well, especially with our food and physiotherapist Jennifer Khalik watching our diet with the cooks.

We played two games this morning, the first against IVA and we won 29-0. The game was tough but the boys played according to plan and have been aggressive with one on one tackles, good communication on the field and great team work. The starting line up was Setefano Cakau, Lepani Veivuke, James Brown, Livai Ikanikoda, Waisale Lagilagi, Watisoni Votu and Semi Radradra.

The second game was against Laulii with the Digicel Barbarians line-up as follows – Setefano Cakau, Apakuki Vuaviri, Timoci Davu, Joji Ragamate, Sevuloni Lutu, Semi Radradra and Aporosa Tabulawaki. In the early stages of the game the team lost focus and were under a great deal of pressure, but despite this and to their credit the players dug deep and managed to come out of it with a 26-0 win.

At time of writing we are yet to play our third game.

To date the team has gone well and we hope to progress to the eliminations tomorrow.

Thank you for your prayers and support.


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