Saturday, April 10, 2010

Scenic Sunday: Tongan under 17 soccer team

Tonga U-17 women's squad (Photo: TFA Media)


The Tongan Under 17 women soccer team came to worship in my church, Mt Albert Baptist Church thus morning. THey were very happy to oblige me to let me take their photo when I greeted them "Ma lo Lei Lei" which means hello.

You will notice their lava lava is a very special crocheted material. Not the normal fabric. They were all in their Sunday best.

Tonga's national U-17 women's team is ready to showcase Polynesian football spirit at the OFC U-17 Women's Championship set to kick off next week in Auckland, New Zealand.

The roundrobin championship, featuring New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tonga will be held at North Harbour Stadium from 12-16 April with the winner qualifying for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Trinidad and Tobago in September this year.

Tonga Football Association's (TFA) preparations began six months ago with 35 players in training, twice a week, and only recently the squad has been narrowed down to 18.

Head coach Marc D'Amici, who is an Australian youth ambassador for development, is comfortable with the teams' preparation.


இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

Oh dear the Tongans, they all look-a-like cannot tell the difference? Can understand how the kwailo cant see the difference of whether you are Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese or fast forward all those ending with "nese". haha tQ

Ramosforest.Environment said...

Great your Under 17 Women Soccer report.
Luiz Ramos

Thanks for your visit.
No, I don´t surf but I like Sports and Nature very much.

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Glad that group came to visit your church, Ann. I do like the Lava. That crocheted material is beautiful...

Thanks for sharing... By the way, my Bluebirds are BACK this morning trying to take back the nestbox... So much fun to watch the birds...

Yes I have a long lens (75-300mm).. That helps alot.