Vainī doves win 2015 rugby league nines first tournament

PHOTO: Tonga national rugby league chairman Hon. Semisi Sika presenting TP$1000 to Vainī Dovesʻ captain. Photo/Supplied

Vainī Doves have won Tonga’s rugby league nine-a-side first tournament for 2015 after beating Matahau Storm 14-6.

The final between the two teams went into five minutes’ overtime after the scores were levelled by a try from Sione ‘Alatini of Matahau and a successful conversion.

However, Doves came out on top after scoring two tries in the extra time.

Solomone Lavaka and Setefano Nau both went over the line with the ball. Their last minute tries meant Doves took home the TP$1000 (NZ$673) first prize while Matahau took TP$800 (NZ$539) as runners-up.

Vainī won a place in the final after beating last year’s champion, Ha’akame Broncos 14-16 in the semi-final.

Opponents Matahau Storm got their chance after beating Havelu Bulldogs 16-10.

A second nine-a-side tournament will start next month.

The tournaments have been set up as opportunities to select Tonga’s team for the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea in July.

Final placings in the tournament were:

  1. Vainī Doves
  2. Matahau Stormers
  3. Havelu Bulldogs
  4. Ha’akame Broncos
  5. Ha’ateiho Crusaders
  6. Navutoka Cowboys
  7. Mu’a Saints

1 COMMENT

  1. Ne ikuna ʻe he timi liiki ko ia ʻa e Vainī Doves e feʻauhi tautau toko hiva ʻa e liiki ki he 2015 hili ʻeni ʻenau haha ʻa e Matahau Storm ʻaki ʻa e kai ko e 14-6 he uike kuo ʻosí.

    Ko e fainolo foki ko ʻeni he ongo timi ni ne iku ke toe fakalōloa ʻaki ha miniti ʻe nima makehe hili ia hano fakamāhangaʻi e kaí ʻaki ha foʻi tataʻo ʻa Sione ʻAlatimi mei Matahau pea ʻakahi ʻo hū.

    Kaekehe ne iku ʻo taki e Fanga Lupé he ʻosi ʻa e miniti ʻe nima ko ʻení hili ia haʻanau foʻi tataʻo ʻa kinautolu ʻe ua he taimi makehé.

    Ko e tataʻo ʻeni ʻa Solomone Lavaka mo Setefano Nau ʻo iku ki he foki ai ʻa e Fanga Lupé mo e $1,000 kae paʻanga ʻe $800 ʻa e Matahau Storm.

    Ko e ikuna ʻeni ʻa Vainī hili ʻenau lali e hau ʻo e taʻu kuo ʻosí ʻa ia ko e Haʻakame Broncos ʻaki e kai ko e 14-16 ʻi he semi fainoló.

    Ko e faingamālie ʻo e Matahau Storm ke hū hake ki he fainoló ne tuʻunga ia heʻenau taufaleʻi ʻa e Havelu Bulldogs ʻaki e kai ko e 16-10.

    ʻE toe fakahoko ʻe he līkí ha tunameni hono ua he māhina kahaʻú.

    Ko e ongo tunameni ko ʻení kuo fokotuʻutuʻu ko ha faingamālie ia ke filifili ai e timi ʻa Tonga ki he feʻauhi ʻa e Pacific Game ki Papua New Guinea ʻi Siulai.

    Ko e ola ʻeni ʻo e feʻauhí:
    1. Vaini Doves
    2. Matahau Stormers
    3. Havelu Bulldogs
    4. Ha’akame Broncos
    5. Ha’ateiho Crusaders
    6. Navutoka Cowboys
    7. Mu’a Saints

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