Archive for August 9, 2016

Well Done ‘Atele! 2016 Champion

19981220_Tevita-Vaikona_420pxThis article is taken from Tevita Vaikona whom is now working in Tonga for the Real Rugby Program. I just thought that this analysis will help us Tupou College Rugby.

Well done ‘Atele! 2016 Champion.

Finals is about winning the game. Win ugly, win pretty, win hard, win easy. Just win it._DSC0172

These tight games, field positions is so crucial. You dominate field positions, you keep the score board ticking with penalty here & there, a drop goal may be, or just score tries! Not only that, but if you turn over the ball, the opposition will have to travel a long way to your try line. So basically you have plenty of time to scramble. Oh, scramble defense! ‘Atele does this better than any other.

I mentioned weeks ago two teams are in danger of being predictable and so become easy to play against. To win a rugby game you need to score more points then your opposition. To score points, you have to be willing to attack. To attack you have to have the skill-set. To have the skill-set you need to practice.

You do what you practice.

In the collision area today, ‘Atele looked for the opportunity to make a pass/offload. Let alone scoring those outstanding wide tries. I watched a few tight collisions in the forward and those forwards (props even) were making small offloads. Those small offloads build confidence. But coaches know you can have the best structured defense but how do you defense against offloads? Sonny Bill opposition can tell you you just can’t.

The small fullback won man of the match, but by far the No.7 and skipper has been the outstanding player in the last few weeks. For some reason ‘Atele’s line-out didn’t work today. Parity at scrums. Set piece were messy and no side dominated. I felt it came down to the kicking game, which ‘Atele clearly won. ‘Atele won the kicking game and not because they kicked better. Although one or two brilliant kicks from ‘Atele fullback. The chase!

‘Atele’s chasing game were superior. ‘Apifo’ou kicked bombd mainly. Right kick to use considering the size of the ‘Atele fullback. ‘Atele made some very crucial kick-chase play and so dominate the field positions. And see what happened when you dominate field positions?

Well done ‘Atele. You played smart because you play all season to your strength. I am glad you won because your style is a good blend. Also, I predicted so! lol

Rugby (Real) Tevita Vaikona
not from
Rev. Tevita Fotofili Vaikona…

Champions of Champions

A night worth remembering is when Tupou College Band became the champions once again defending their title from 2015.

There was no doubt that Tupou College was going to be the champions once again due to the hard work that the boys had put in.

“The support of the College Administration to the band is enormous and also the support of parents is just so unbelievable. We could not have made it through this year’s events if it was not for the prayers of the staff and students, family and friends as well as the Ex-students.” says ‘Elone Niu.

This however will not be the end for this year. We will keep up with the practice hours for there is always something around the corner.

Go Band!

The Olympian

Mr. Siueni Filimone will be representing Tonga in the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympic Games. He will participate in the 100 meter dash. The entry mark for the 100m is 10.16 of which is far behind Siueni’s 10.6 seconds personal best in the Oceania games held in Fiji last month.

“This is a great highlight of my career and the Olympic Games means that this is a new height that God has taken me” Mr Filimone told Tupou College news. This is a new height for Tupou College Athletics Academy as well and as the young students who wants to pursue their talents.

“For those to follow in my footsteps there is no limit to a God gifted talent and all they have to do is to work hard and give it their best.

Siueni is the second person from Tupou College to be an Olympian. Filipo Muller in 2004 was part of the Tongan Team but under an Olympic Invitation.

DATE OF BIRTH August 19, 1994 (Age 21)
HEIGHT AND WEIGHT 1.73 m /5′ 8” — 69 kg / 152 lbs
EVENTS Athletics Men’s 100m

To Siueni,

We the staff of Tupou College and the people of Tonga wish you the best of Luck. Although you will be amongst thousands competing just for 3 spots we wish you a happy and a safe trip. May you be blessed always.

All Hope Rests with Grade 1, 3 and 5

Tupou College Rugby is still counting on the Grade 1, 3 and 5 to take us home to our 150th Anniversary. We may be out on the Senior Competition but there is still hope as the Grades that made it through will have their chance to win their respective finals this week.

Last week’s scores have given us a glimpse of what the finals would be like as grade one beat their opponent comfortably by 17 to 5, Grade three heading home with a 27-3 victory and grade 5 gave it their all at the Teufaiva Park with a 25 to 7 score at the end of the time.

This week all opponent are none other but Tonga College. There will be fun and upsets so_DSC0074 _DSC0080 _DSC0091 _DSC0093 _DSC0106 _DSC0113 _DSC0115 Lets get out there and support the boys. Go Blue Go Red

A Semi Final Defeat

It was just a few days ago that our Senior Team was defeated by Tonga College in a very suspense close game. The score was 21 to 17.

According to Sinipata ‘Uhila the Head Coach for the boys in Blue, Tonga College rightfully deserves the win as there were many handling errors especially when the ball was near the try line. “We practiced all week long to perfect our mistakes from our previous games but that did not stop us from forcing errors which confused us and the spectators. Whether the boys where switched on or not, at the end of the day it is what the scoreboard says that counts.”

This defeat means it is the end of the season for us while Tonga College and ‘Apifo’ou College will move on to the final Playoff.

It is without no doubt that we will never forget this year as we all wanted the win to mark our 150th Anniversary so perhaps we will learn from our basic mistakes which could have been the factor that cost us the game.

The boys however did everything they could but the defense line of the Tonga College was strong at the middle of the game and a full Credit goes to their captain

There was a big turn out to the Teufaiva Park to see these two great rugby schools competing for the only spot left of the 2016 season finale.

The school boys from both schools sang their hearts out to show their support but as the saying goes “there could only be one winner.”

Congratulation to the boys from the Funga Manamo’ui and may God bless you all in your preparation to the Finals with ‘Apifo’ou College. Go Lions.

photos from Teufaiva Park: Intercollegiate RUgby Semi Finals 2016

photos from Teufaiva Park: Intercollegiate RUgby Semi Finals 2016

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Teukolisi 'Atiola and the boys in Blue

Teukolisi ‘Atiola and the boys in Blue