Learning through league

TOUGH MATCH UP: Samoa Qld win the scrum.
TOUGH MATCH UP: Samoa Qld win the scrum. Claudia Williams

RUGBY LEAGUE: Rugby League Samoa Queensland travelled to play a fierce game of football against the Cherbourg Hornets for the third year.

The Samoa Queensland teams are representative sides made up of players from Brisbane, Gold Coast and Toowoomba.

The teams are preparing for the annual Queensland Pacific Island cultural carnival on Friday October 27 to Sunday, October 29 in Brisbane.

It was the second year the Samoa Queensland club brought under-14, U16, U18 and women's teams as well as their A-grade team to play.

President of Rugby League Samoa Queensland, Simon Lui said the annual trip to Cherbourg was important to the club.

He said it gave players the opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal culture.

"Learning about the culture is something we always like to promote,” Lui said.

"We like the players to learn about the history of Cherbourg and learn a little more about and appreciate the Aboriginal culture.”

This year the U14 team made its way through the Ration Shed museum like the other Samoa Queensland teams have done in previous years.

President of the Cherbourg Hornets, Warren Collins, said Cherbourg was proud to host the club and share what their culture was about.

"It doesn't matter who wins as long as the games are played in the right spirit,” he said.

"It's about learning a bit more about the history of indigenous people.”

Kristine Vaalepu of the women's Samoa Queensland team said it was interesting to learn about the culture in Cherbourg.

"It was nice to get a feel for what Cherbourg is about and get to learn a bit of a background of the indigenous people and all the players who have come through here like Chris Sandow,” she said.

The player of the match for each division was presented with a team shirt from the opposing club.

Each Samaon men's team performed the traditional Samaon war dance, Siva Tau before the game.

Next year the club is looking to teach the women's team a traditional dance.

Lui said the opposing teams should feel privileged to witness the dance.

"It is part of our culture, it's out of respect of the opposition,” he said.

"When a team does a war dance to the opposition we are showing respect and it is our preparation for battle.

"Not all of the boys know it when they get selected but it is something that we not only teach them but we teach them what it means and it bonds them as a brotherhood.”

Samoa Queensland U16 player, Tuki Seiuli, said it was a great feeling to perform the war dance and represent his country alongside the team.

"It is good to do it for our country and there is a lot of passion from all of us,” he said.

In their first game as a team the Samoa Queensland U16 team defeated Cherbourg 62 to 22.

Despite the final score Tuki said it was a good game.

"They gave us a good go at the start,” he said.

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