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30/06/2014 2014 HAKUPU WOMEN CRICKET TEAM

THEY MAY NOT HAVE THE CHANCE TO ADVANCE TO THE FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH BUT THEY DECENTLY QUALIFIED FOR THE POOL SEMI-FINAL IN 2014.

FROM THE 3 MATCHES IN THEIR POOL PLAY THEY WON 2 AGAINST VAIEA AND MAKEFU AND 1 LOSS TO EVENTUAL POOL WINNERS ALOFI. OVERALL THEY ACHIEVED SECOND PLACE WHICH PUTS THEM IN GOOD PLACING TO CONTEST WITH THE SECOND PLACE GETTER IN POOL A FOR THIRD AND FOURTH PLACING FOR THE 2014 WOMEN CRICKET CHAMPIONSHIP.

IN THEIR FIRST MATCH WITH VAIEA AT LIKU IT TURNED OUT TO BE TOUGH AND ENTERTAINING FOR BOTH TEAMS WHICH GOES TO SHOW THE MODERN DAY SPIRIT OF LOCAL CRICKET. IN PART EXCEEDINGLY MODERN THAT VAIEA HAD 16 PLAYERS AGAINST HAKUPU’S 25.

HAKUPU WON THE TOSS AND ELECTED TO BAT FIRST GAINING WITH CAPTAIN LIGI MITIKEA SETTING UP 29 RUNS. IN THE EGG HOUSE, 5 PLAYERS HAD EGGS BY NOT CONTRIBUTING A SINGLE RUN TOWARDS THE TOTAL SCORE.

THE GAME WITH ALOFI WAS PLAYED AT VAIEA UNDER WINDY AND WET CONDITION. THEY PUT UP A GOOD FIGHT BUT ALOFI WAS TOO GOOD AND COMPOSED TO STOP HAKUPU HALF WAY TO MATCH THEIR 164 RUNS. THIS TIME, THE TEAM EFFORT SEEMED TO YIELD LIKE DECAYING LEAVES FLOWING IN THE WIND AND GETTING PLAYFUL ON THE FIELD.

IN THE END PATRICIA TATUI LED ON THE RUNS WITH 19, MOMANA KALAUNI WITH 17 RUNS AND THIRD VALENTINE MAUTAMA.

BETWEEN THE STURDY BOWLERS, TEAM CAPTAIN LIGI MITIKEA MODELLED LEADERSHIP AND SKILLS WITH 11 WICKETS BUT CANNOT SAVOUR VICTORY FOR HER TEAM AND NISEMARIE JACKSON-IOANE GOT 8 WICKETS.

THE LAST GAME WITH MAKEFU AT LIKU GAINED ANOTHER VICTORY AGAINST A TEAM WITH LESS NUMBER OF PLAYERS. TAMARA MAUTAMA SNATHCED GOLD BATTING WITH 22 RUNS.

MAKEFU BATTED FIRST FOR 55 RUNS AND TOOK HAKUPU 13 PLAYERS TO OVERTAKE THE SCORE WITH A SLOPPY 65 SCORE. THIS TIME FEW HAKUPU PLAYERS HAD RETURNED OVERSEAS IN KAYE TALAGI-TANEVESI, PEPETAU LIUVAIE HALATAU AND DAUGHTER DIANNE HALATAU WHO GAVE HARD BACKING OF THE TEAM. THE FACT THAT THEY HAD TWO WINS MEANT LITTLE BY WAY OF CELEBRATION AS THEY MASSAGED THEIR ACHING MUSCLES WITH HOT TEA AND COFFE.

THERE DID NOT SEEM TO BE ANYTHING WRONG WITH THE TEAM’S POOR PERFORMANCE. SO LONG AS THEY TOOK PART IN A FRIENDLY CRICKET MATCH, THAT WAS PERFECT ENOUGH TO COUNT IT THE DAY OF FRIENDSHIP, FUN AND PICNIC.

IN TRADITIONAL RULES CRICKET PLAYERS THAT HAS NO RUN OUGHT TO BE INVESTIGATED BY AN ELECTED SENIOR OFFICIAL IF THEY HAD BROKEN ANY RULE, LIKE SLEEPING WITH THE SPOUSE OR FIANCE THE NIGHT BEFORE THE CRICKET MATCH, BEING INVOLVED IN A DISPUTE WITH THE PARTNER, FAMILY OR A RIVAL OUTSIDE THE FAMILY, HAD CONSUMED ALCOHOL THE NIGHT BEFORE THE MATCH, DID NOT HAVE A HOT BATH AFTER THE SUPPOSED HOLY RITUAL ON FRIDAY EVENING AND DID NOT CONFESS THE SIN.

NIUEANS PARTICULARLY THE HAKUPU APPROACH TO CRICKET BEHOLDS VERY ANCIENT BELIEFS OF STRICT DISCIPLINARY ACTION FOR THOSE WHO DISOBEY THE RULES AND MANAGEMENT INSTRUCTIONS. THESE OLD PRACTICIES WERE INTRODUCED IN THE NAME OF KEEPING THE VILLAGE UNITY AND TO ENSURE UPHOLDING THE WHOLE TEAM’S CLAIMED PURITY AND SANCTITY. THE RITUALS IN ALL CONNECTSWITH WILD STORIES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT THAN THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST IN THE NEW TESTAMENT FALLING SHORT OF GIVING WORSHIP AND TRUST IN A DIFFERENT GOD.

CRICKET IS A MAN’S SPORT UNTIL PREVIOUSLY WHEN THE WOMEN DECIDED TO TAKE PART. THE INCLUSION OF WOMEN CRICKET TOOK ACCOUNT OF LETTING THE WOMEN FOLKS TO ENJOY SOCIAL ENTERTAINMENT AND GAINING HEALTHY LIVES THROUGH EXERCISE AND FUN.

THERE ARE NO PROFESSIONAL RULES IN THE NIUE WOMEN CRICKET GAME AND IT IS LOCAL BASED SPORTS AND STYLE. THE PROSPECT OF CHANGE WON’T BE POSSIBLE WITH DIMINISHING POPULATION LARGELY AFFECTING THE VILLAGE TEAMS. IT WOULD BE AWESOME TO FOLLOW MODERN DAY CRICKET AND PROFESSIONAL RULES.

HAKUPU WOMEN CRICKET TEAM 2014

PASTOR’S REP ALA MOKOLE, PATRON SABINA FAKANAIKI, CAPTAIN LIGI MITIKEA, VICE-CAPTAIN PUA TATUI, SECRETARY/TREASURER NISE JACKSON, OFEILA TALAGI,LUMATIKI ALAPAKI, ITZY TUKUITOGA,PATLIN SILIGI, SHOWENA TANAKI, ANTOINETTE TANAKI, TOHI MITIEPO, PALAHEMOKA KALAUNI, PATRICIA TATUI, KAYE TANEVESI, PEPETAU HALATAU, DIANNE HALATAU, LINO SILIGI, TAMARA MAUTAMA, RAQUEL TANAKI, MOMANA KALAUNI, O’VETTA PEARSON, MORSHEENA JACKSON, TAINIMA VAVE, VALERIE MAUTAMA, ALEXIA ETUATA,

10/03/2014 PRESIDENT ANDRE(OBAMA) REGAINS TOP GLORY

It is pleasing to see the Fineone Darts Club revival of their annual championship tournament on Friday evening 7 March at the Kulatea Community Hall. More less talking about the freak out village website frequent of news which is now revived too.

The spirit was high even as you enter the Tuatea green. They were slowly building happiness and freedom no doubt cheap in the kind of environment they indulged in. After all, the real purpose was to make it right. Permission to vie for the number one spot seems obvious. And who would not dare trying no matter if one has had a nip too far or less.

Ricky Makani and San Juan Talagi made surprise stopover to watch the tournament progress. They comforted the fortress with social humour and support.

Three pools saw Robin Toatolu, New Aue, Pacific Mautama, Templer Tomailuga, Lanze Mautama and Fapoi Akesi in Pool 1, Danny Viviani and Stuey Mautama in Pool 2 and Andre Siohane, Holo Tualau, Crossley Tatui, Hiva Levi, Demster Tomailuga and Karl Mautama in Pool 3.

The club has formally met in as many months sneaked past. In 2013 there was no national tournament. But Fineone Darts had its annual occasion. Ace Leki (Crown)Kalauni was the champion then following very much part of his registered name Ace. But this was 2014 and the wild horses raged on to reclaim what is hardly achievable. Only one person could claim the main prize.

And man they looked cheery on the surface but deep inside no one know for sure. Veteran Fapoi Akesi asserted himself a returned soldier being there on time. In the end he found the smart form of old and made it to the preliminary top eight play-off. The second and final round of games was held on Saturday 8 March at the same venue. Only this time the veteran star had waned of magic and got wounded in the first bout of the evening.

New Testament, Leki Kalauni and Fapoi Akesi opened the evening play-off with the quietest of games. They were purely sober. Earlier in the day they had practised the steel dart designed purposely for taro planting totally different from the feathery arrows. New led the race sprinting the long distance like dash but dipped onto the roadside and napped. He slept like the turtle story on the way just by the finishing line before Ace crowned himself with a humble leap. Had he missed the veteran could have glorified himself and made the night.

The evening provides many opportunities lost in minutes. Darts is a cruel game not suitable for the faint hearted. On the main table the Hiva Levi groaned on from the previous night fun. Only veteran Danny Viviani made it to the top eight players.

That was a magnificent achievement. He paired of evenly with the youngest rookie Stuey Mautama under a poll of their own. And they swam further atop. Young Stuey entered the race composed and sharp. And this boy, he could climb higher in this frame of mind and discipline claiming fourth place getter for the whole village tally after a somersault contest with none other but his biological dad. Stuey had TKO Ace Kalauni in the first round of games.

On the left darts board brothers’ Demster Tomailuga and Templer Tomailuga sweated the floor in accordance to the international darts rules. It was a dense contest that oddly happened. They both wished they had met other opponents. In the end they joked and laughed at each other. The winner was meant to shout drinks  from the bar.

But just as enabling rookie Stuey Mautama thrashed it squarely with BIL to be Ace Kalauni on the other darts board. That was a silent contest. Eventually Stuey stole the big show with a grin rare to steal hearts.

President Andre had his draw with the club senior Danny Viviani. The heat had begun to yield. They showed class and gravity of sports competition. But Obama proved too solid. You could sense from the side line.

As tough as the brotherly contest of Neme and Bula, this time it was a father and son contest between Pacific Enterprise Mautama and Lanze Dinorl Mautama. They looked a bit sacrificing and full of natural regret. And the father took victory too with sincere regret.

By the hour darkness had set outside. A stark reminder that the main events for the night were coming. Stuey Mautama has made history making it into the semi-final matches. His match of the night was against the club head Andre Siohane. The game which no doubt had provoke the crowd to a high. By the top of the hour Stuey bowed humbly with courage and pride. The kitchen heat was a bit too much to bear.

The other semi-final game was between Pacific Mautama and Demster Tomailuga. They battled with might and almost submit to a draw. But it was Neme that shone and won.

Fighting for the bronze medal Pacific Mautama and Stuey Mautama undertook another family coincidence battle. The young chap hotly fought. But the former Niue Darts Champion was too good if not too bully. But young Stuey had sealed the night and club history.

The crowd was getting too silent. This time sponsor Michael Jackson arrived with presents for the club. Outside the BBQ boys lit the firewood burner. They knew what to do. In the absence of old hand Robin Toatolu the kitchen hall was soundless and boring.

Then the waiting moment came to command the two finalists take their final vows. Demster Tomailuga and Andre Siohane took the stage as if it’s raw boxing stuff. The best of 5 game on 501 squeezed the audience to a cold front. And the big hail past ‘Let the Tournament begin’.

Chalker Pacific Mautama synchronized the entire game that the club President snatched with tons of toil and focus. They played like Taylor and Van de Berg of Wales and Germany. They kept to a high standard only available on TV. Security access offered to the members only.

…………….Fineone Hakupu Darts 2013/2014……………

 Premium have a task to handle and by the turn of time Demster Tomailuga had to crab the silver ware and series of envelopes for the highest score award and others. Fapoi Akesi counted in the lot going away with the highest finishing price. Some claim it on fluke but that’s how the game flows on the stroke of the darts and a slick of oil taken during the night.

President Andre (Obama) regains his former glory lent to Leki Kalauni in 2013. By mid-night the soldiers drops off one by one leaving behind a great night of victory and honour. In all it was Lent week leading up to Good Friday and Easter Monday. And there is one sure winner comes Easter Monday!

25/09/2013 RUGBY-HAKUPU EDGED ALOFI MAKO 5-3

Many years past when most of these guys were teeny kids roving around the homestead passing around the dry coconut as their rugby ball.

For the few national rugby matches at Paliati they hitched a ride either in the car with the parents or getting squeezed on the truck with the potent Blacks rugby team to watch them play against the mighty Alofi Mako. It becomes an annual battle of clean hard fought rugby.

Their tasks were dishing out drinks of brackish icy tap water and healing ice to the injured players. More than 10 years later the same guys were treading their golden turn to wear the black jersey, acting coach and ready to act. With the modern game things changed dramatically at all levels of coaching and playing.

On Saturday 31 August the heavy down pour of rainfall came extra heavy like water fall looked to stain the scheduled rugby battle between the two national rivals, Hakupu and Alofi Mako.

The weatherman kept silent not being sure what the late afternoon conditions brought. On check up the warriors persisted the dull weather had anything to do with the boys’ footy game. When the good tide returns both teams weathered the swampy field for the kick off. Evenings of rush training got them drilled for the big match. It happened to be the grand finale match of the season. Alofi Mako had beaten Tuapa by a large margin. But Tuapa had beaten Hakupu in the first national match by a good score.

Hakupu’s penniless recruited coach Ramona Jackson kept adamant rugby must win. He chalked the whole time with dribs and drills to guarantee his players stuck their guns according to plans. Hardly any rest time and bluntly sleepless all week though it didn’t appear to budge him much.

Today was the test of his time and efforts to skip home chores and apply his rugby coaching skills?

He held cheerful, stable and confident like his passionate goal and words. Whatever thing was missing in his training methods and gears, it was victory. A measure of the wish that was very hard to forecast. The coach remains cool and focused. If the money was the prize would he bother? Amazingly, no was the answer.

The main day arrived in unusual form, dull and almost dying weather conditions. But his lined up soldiers settled on just as being taught. The crowd grew with time as the black supporters arrived at the wet park.

In the face of slippery conditions the match began under control by veteran referee and former Hakupu rugby rep Hakemotu Laufoli.

At the start both teams crunched up front. From the centre the game was well under control. This was a game always of national traditional tussle and attention. Both teams displayed high intensity of fitness and show of ball skills.

Anthony Liuvaie of Wellington here on family business saved Hakupu several times with hard clearing kicks away from their in goal area. Together with Huggard Togatule who toils tirelessly throughout the whole afternoon with solid calculated defences he deserves the player of the match award. Tupau Tupau, the snippy Hakupu half back gave a brave performance behind the fiery forwards. Eugene Opo Mautama took over in the second half with a brilliant show of guts and swivel.

As a result Vonzed Jackson in his No. 8 jersey and position put points on the board with a hard single-minded torpedo dive over the line for a deserving try.

This try motivated the black boys but they were actually under pressure to tackle their opponents. At times the forwards puffed by the lineout contest but they held steady and confident.

In the front row Jody Senatule Laufoli, Masella Togia and Rhys Tatui rambled with force whilst locks Regan ‘Hogan’ Ioane and Jazz Funaki Vivian drove behind to keep the momentum alive. Substitute lock Gary Liuvaie took over but cracked his collar bone from a Samoan misfit hit on the upper shoulder.

Flankers Haden Talagi and Nomeka were constantly over the field doing their hit up tactics before the full force joins. At times the Alofi Makos were quicker to the break down spots.

At the final whistle Hakupu had won 5-3 in what was a very close and action game. The supporters had the best of things making noise when it mattered. Team captain Lanze Mautama bubbled at the boys’ top display even though Hakupu came third on overall points for the season.

But it was Coach Ramona Jackson , Patron Michael Naea Jackson, Technical Advisers Andre Siohane and Kalapu Liuvaie who shone afterwards at the victory. They volunteered time to support and encourage the team.

‘We played a good game today and we deserve to win’ Coach Ramona says.

‘Our training has paid off with a bonus win and we should keep up that standard of play and discipline’ he remarked.

‘My aim is to train the upcoming youth to become skilled players and take them away from computer games and roaming around the neighbourhood’ Ramona Jackson told the crowd.

The whole team celebrated and took photos with the supporters in what Pastor Mokole described as a thrilled game of rugby and accredited sportsmanship. Player Randy Liuvaie missed out due to medical reasons.

Against the odds Alofi Mako invited Hakupu to cool drinks after the big match before the sign of BBQ and party at the Tuatea Community Hall.

25/07/2013 INCREDIBLE JACK JUNIOR LIFTED BRISBANE GOLD

Face Book news spread fast and far knowing of the highest weightlifting performance by Jack Junior Feleti aka Jack Tose (JT) of Masi District during the Oceania and Youth Weightlifting Championship held at Brisbane from July 10 – 14.

team niue – weight lifting

His first international competition in weightlifting reached a record best act in front of international judges, trainers and competitors from around the Oceania region. He grabbed gold in the Oceania 76 kg division for clean and jerk of 107 kg lift and snatch of 78 kg, gold and two bronze medals for the South Pacific Youth Competition. In the process JT broke a national record and set personal best achievements. Screams of hooray flooded the massive Brisbane auditorium at the new Oceania champ.

On the night of performance the Niuean supporters in Brisbane found it hard to accept the breaking achievement from a fellow youth. All the way it was free rise to market JT as a name of matter from the little rock, Niue. Joining competitors from New Zealand, Australia, Samoa, American Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and others meant tough business.

On stage JT appears small in body mass from the rest yet unswerving in his heavy heart pose. Soon after the incredible feat the Niuean Brisbane supporters posted the victory photos and announcement on face book.

For young JT and his dad Jack Senior, aka JS who was waiting for the results in Niue the outcome was deserving of the college kid who gave it the best shot. Together with wife Vivien and JT’s siblings the family had sleepless nights tuning for better results. And sure did. JS himself was a former Niuean bodybuilder champ from the Manuela Gymnasium at Otahuhu in Auckland. A single rover then JS sweated to make a better name from his urban Black Power gang habits. Now the fruits are bearing with justice. 

It was expected based on the predictions by the national chief organiser, Alan Tano Puleoti, before the team Niue left for Australia. JT put in a lot of hard work dedicated to the aim of doing something worthwhile for his life. He sacrifices many youthful past time trials to concentrate on his training.

During the national championship prior to the long journey to Brisbane JT looked on par to be counted with the best in Oceania. The outcome proves a shiny gold medal recorded as personal history.

Interview with JT who was still a bit tense but humble about his first class effort showed how satisfied the Masi hero is taking the head line story. He was still trying to recover from the ordeal and the frenzy welcome by families and friends. Slowly taking the hype he could only smile and bow. He has a bright future to aim for and only time and hard work can unfold more success.

What a breaking performance and Pacific news to break off the saddle of village pain in the last fortnight. JT led by example. He jolted along the way and at times almost escapes the private coaching between father and son. It had both good and bad moments to pardon and forget.

Their modest gym located outside the back veranda beside the batch of ‘fou’ tree hedges was never valued. It looked more like a leisure shack than a weightlifting gym. Until now behold the small beginning from Masi to the Hakupu Youth Gym to Claytons lounge in town all the way to Brisbane, Australia.

with proud mother ‘mrs vivien feleti’. – congratulations !

But now, history has spoken to JT with a majestic gold and bronze medals hanging on his mounting chest. And as the movie saying goes, one down and two to go!

Golden JT! You have given the Feleti and Hakupu clans’ fresh joy.

16/06/2013 HAKUPU MENS’ CRICKET 2013 BREAKUP SPLASH! (pics by jack feleti)

officials

Well done folks for a good job coming second in the 2013 National Men’ Cricket Competition aptly suits their silver medal position. Team Captain Michael Naea Jackson has more to celebrate than to regret at the near miss attempt for the top spot this year. He spent much personal time and energy to field a team and vie for the top position only to be missed by the edge. The whole team and supporters merit congratulations as well those who prayed silently from afar.

The kowtow cricket match against the village non-players came to a happy ending on Saturday 15 June with tones of fun to wind up the long season. It hasn’t been easy doing things which bind the community together and trying to see that the best shot was given in trying conditions. There was no doubt the team went through testing times made difficult by a diminishing population and real  commitment by the prime agers so the village must rally behind the team. The round off event part was vital to close the season prior to the big pamper. They deserve the finest tribute for the hard effort, dedication and sacrifice on behalf of the village.

 After the traditional wrap up match in the village green the boys had time to refresh for the break up function at the community hall afterwards.

mr sionetasi pulehetoa and master suna mautama

Invited guests from overseas and locally enjoyed the celebration as best they could. National Cricket representatives Charlie Tohovaka and Sionetasi Pulehetoa came to award the Napota Memorial sponsored Trophy to Karl Suna Mautama who got the highest score in the final match with Mutalau, the eventual champion for 2013.

Sundry observations before the main dinner was blessed should be taken calmly as under the table remarks less worthy of the real cricket spirit and success despite the eventual placing. The team did well on behalf of the whole community, whether here or abroad.

Cheers up Mike, Tom and the team , and of course the supporters!

16/04/2013 FINEONE DARTS PRIZE GIVING AWARD NIGHT

the mighty dart athletes with the REV and ULUMOTUA

Fineone Darts Club blasts of smiles and fun on Saturday night 13 April 2013 at their breezy bar. The simple prize giving ceremony was postponed from the previous weekend. Members turned out in style to celebrate with the winners and place getters. It was a night full of merriment as their sister cricketers rejoice the cricket glory against Alofi earlier in the day.

Present on the night to witness and celebrate together the event were Rev Igatiatama Mokole, Elder and MP Young Vivian and Michael Jackson, former MP, Captain of the Hakupu Cricket Team, Speaker of the Niue Legislative Assembly Ahohiva Levi and Fapoi Akesi, private entrepreneur and darts supporter.

President Andre Siohane wasted no time greeting the guests and members. The cheers injected tone of unity and mutual friendship while the BBQ food was set out for the evening. Pacific Mautama who organized the event with President Andre faced innocent trouble sorting out the place getters and cash rewards from the various sponsors :Ebony Carving of Vivien and Jack Feleti, Olu Siohane, and  the late Liuvaietama Liuvaie.

president, REV, leki and captain

Leki Kalauni grapped the Championship trophy for 2012 donated by Sydney- Niue Australia Darts Club in 2011 and cash followed by Pacific Mautama and Jack Feleti. Eugene Opo Mautama got the highest score prize of 180 and complementary high scores for Danny Viviani and Crossley Tatui. Holo Lui received the best effort and most improved player prize. Veterans Olu Siohane and Danny Viviani also received special prizes for making the top 8 category.

The club is seeking better organization of the Championship tournament for next year to include red carpet standard and decorations.

Success of the night was easily seen in the friendship and one of the best low key events with all the positive words to cap off both the Hakupu team cricket victory and darts prize giving award night.

Well done boys, keep it up for next year!

09/04/2013 FINEONE CHAMPIONSHIP DARTS LEAGUE

The 2013 Fineone Darts Championship to identify the top 8 players ended with surprising results. During the second and final leg held on Saturday 6 April, the crux of Team 3 held on to reach the finalist draws. Veterans Danny Viviani and Olu Siohane along with senior affiliate, Jack Feleti and rookie Leki Kalauni, the eventual Champion, shone throughout the tough league draws. Team 2 of Ritchie Mautama, Robin Toatolu and Crossley Tatui had the most to prove to retain their status for 2013 but bowed out in the pool playoff games except Lanze Mautama who reached the top 4 players.

The last 2 slots was a playoff among Colin Etuata, Olu Siohane and Lanze Mautama. A close tussle throughout but soon it came to view with Colin Etuata who led the match eventually surrendered to the better gunners of the night. At best Eugene Mautama was the underdog who kept a high standard and composure to reach the top 8.

The “Top 8”

On the final leg home, Jack Feleti performed a thrill class game against Danny Viviani. Pacific Mautama after a tough bout edged President Andre Mautama by the nose. Brothers Eugene and Lanze Mautama crunched out in the other quarterfinal match elder Lanze winning their game. And the most interesting game was between veteran Olu Siohane and Leki Kalaluni with Leki edging out the elder player.

The semi final games saw Lanze Mautama gave way to the persistent rookie Leki Mautama and Jack Feleti despite a top class performance yielded to the veteran former national and club Champion Pacific Mautama.

olu siohane, hon tatui, colin etuata

In the great final, Leki turned out winner against Pacific Mautama to end a peaceful and happy night.

The second part of the night had the new season party hosted by the Fineone Darts Club for the Nukututaha Darts Club from Alofi North. A friendly darts game between the clubs resulted in Fineone Darts team narrowly winning the best of three games.

Fineone Darts will hold its prize giving night at the end of the week.

04/03/2013 HAKUPU MEN CRICKET DOWNED PART JUVENILE LIKU TEAM

Odd enough in the two villages’ custom to play cricket in a different village other than in either Liku or at Hakupu. But it was the way the modern cricket is organized. Long before the game began eyes rolled from the Hakupu side to watch little kids mingled with the Liku team just as they were about to take the field. There might had been the natural blur and dizzy feeling from game fright until the opposition reached the centre of the large Lakepa ‘male.

They were not only kids far from youth age, 6 or so but relatively within early childhood education and primary school boys who were declared professional registered cricket players on the day if not the season.

Hakupu batted first to reach 343 points with gold medallist batsman Steve Alapaki gaining a cool bachelor performance of 87, Dinorl Lanze Mautama shared silver placing with Gemmo Mautama who was not out when the alarm clock hooted at 11 am.

Unique as the old challenging rules appear, there was mixture of experience for the just right and underperformance during the day and the tough duck lot counted. It was a huge score considering the three hours time limit to bat and field either way. And it could have been worse if the score was half of the total given the child face look on the Liku side and not having the same number as Hakupu.

All in all, the battle was declared and fought in good spirit to the end. Like the saying, in war the moment if you hold the gun you’re counted a soldier ready to combat, live or die, it’s the name of the game. On this occasion, it was too late to ask the kiddies to leave or abandon the game altogether for love of the Christian motivated game. It could have been sensible to declare bat or leave at the beginning.

Medium fast bowlers Niumaka Kaiuha and Wesley Seumanu gave top class bowling to merit national selection performance despite the weak show of fielding from their team. Niumaka showed composure bowling 9. It’s the injury risk to the young boys that poised better judgment rather than to mock the fact that Liku should not participate in the sport when it really showed courage to form a team which in the end Hakupu benefited more from the outcome.

After lunch break Liku trailed by 343 or was suppose to chase (following the Niuean pun -tutuli e ola) the Hakupu score. They gave all they have with the smallest of age average per team so far as some of their ace line up players did not play. Liku gave much dignity with their key players Logo Seumanu, Toniutama Toniu and Sionetasi Pulehetoa who kept old talents and batting style alive at their old age. It was too much load to carry if anything to remind Hakupu they can do it if they had the same number and equal force.

Patron Isaia Talagi believed it was team work, determination, discipline and common sense that helped them on the day.

‘We’ll take each game on its merit and blessing and not to count eggs early when they aren’t hatched, he says with a serious look.

No matter and how hard Liku tried, they managed to bat a fumbled 158. Toni Ikipa Mitikea showed skill and athletic show catching 3 balls. One was a long distance tough catch of the ball batted by Ioane Mamaia  that Toni caught from a tough angle by the RSA cenotaph and Lakepa village play court. New Aue also displayed a model Sri Lankan dive and catch style of catching much to the delight of the spectators.

‘I thought it was no show but I still made a pretty late dash and dived just as the white rubber ball lay in the nest’ New Testament laughed.

Both teams showed sportsman performance and leadership which is what counts most at the end of the match. Hakupu can now look forward to a hard challenge with Tamakautoga whom are currently 2 all in the same pool. Do or die, preparation, sharp coaching, discipline and smart performance will matter. Liku has still the distance to journey and is capable of revenge and slay character.

All teams are good but it goes to the team who does the basics right and touch the right wire and spark on the day. Just stick to the basics of patience, alert and technically taking the correct execution.

 01/03/2013  KILIKIKI NIUE COMPETITION 2013 

Kilikiki Niue  is a missionary introduced sport from Samoa with its unique style, tough rules, prohibited ethics with a mixed of thrill and scare.

 Based on tradition the sport was introduced in the olden days as a way to unite the village people. It has become a national sport played in altered form and rules to match today’s declining population and to keep the sport alive. Smaller villages have found it hard to form a team and hired relatives and friends from other village to make up their number which range from 15 to 25.

 In the last decade, each village were able to form a team of 30 players and matches were held around the whole of Niue. But the new era and inventive ideas launched village teams from between 15 to 25 players. No matter if a village has 15 players and the other team has 25 the game is still played.

Nowhere else has a sport game been allowed to be played with different number of players per side and scowls reasoning of fair play? The feasting part between families and friends has been eliminated to save cost. The other introduced change is the time limit of three hours for each team to bat and for fielding with an hour break to rest.

The other new idea involves cricket matches being held in the villages on the eastern side with bigger fields which mean that two cricket teams can use the field in Vaiea, Hakupu, Liku, Lakepa or Mutalau.  Old Village protocol which declares the ‘male’ restrictive for use by the general public is ignored or put it mildly being modernized.

The rules are rigid, quite ritual, mentally superstitious and personally imposing for some traditional teams like Liku and Hakupu. Rituals can be anti-religious where the husband or boy friend is banned from sleeping with the spouse/fiancé during the night before the cricket. In the past, players who elope illegally weren’t allowed to participate until being married. Having eggs for breakfast and lunch on the main day is frowned at as it would bring bad luck to the player. Consumption of alcohol is prohibited from the previous evening until the next day at the end of the game. There should be no squabble with the wife, any member of the family or a member of the team or anyone in the public. If so, the player must confess at all cost or face the negative result of a golden duck on the big day otherwise the team might get the brunt of fate and stand to lose the game.

Previously, if the cricket team performs poorly during the match a quick session for hidden confession and a forgiving statement from the culprit and prayer offered was organized and each player make a donation. A player must not carry money with him to the field during a game.

In the past and still observed today, the team must take a warm shower at home before solo bed time to rinse the sins away from the mind so the person can sleep and dream well.

In all these ethical rules make the whole team honest, disciplined with extra reserved energy and mana to do well.

The white rubber cricket balls are imported from far away for the game and are costly which is why games are held in the villages with bigger fields. Players wear no protective gears and wear uniforms. The bouncy ball needs skill and fast instinct and had injured several players severely.

Cricket practice are held during mid-week with basic bat and field only. There is no technical coaching lesson whatsoever or fitness training for the players. Two years ago an old cricket veteran passed away on the cricket field during an official match. Players use wooden bats built from a ‘fou’ trunk and often a’kafika’ or ‘nonu’ of up to a meter long with coconut sennits plaited around the upper part of the bat. Cricket bats are normally treated as baby fetish during the season so it can produce the goods on the big day.

Only Liku and Hakupu have concrete cricket pitches and the other villages have rough grass pitches for the official fields.

This year the Hakupu Cricket Team voted the following Committee;

Pastor- Rev Igatiatama Mokole | Patron- Isaia Talagi | Captain- Michael Naea Jackson | Vice- Captain- Tom Mitikea Senior | Bowing Coach- Gemmo FM Mautama | Treasurer- Ben Junior Tanaki

In its first game held at Liku, Hakupu won against Lakepa with 339 to 308. Their next game with Liku on Saturday 1 March will be at Lakepa to try and keep their starting glory from the first game on par.

Niue Kilikiki was on the sill for many years after both teams from Hakupu won the two pools to play in the final match, a game which was compromised to keep unity and harmony.  Hakupu Team 2 then with Kalaisi Folau as Patron and Colin Etuata as captain reached the national cricket finals twice. In the first final with Avatele played at Avatele, they won with a narrow margin to take the championship shield.

Kilikiki is a game which can brew rumours and all sorts of storytelling which may cause unnecessary arguments afterwards. A gold medal performance can produce a handsome smile on a player’s face for days while a duck can dig a hole for the player whose reputation is at stake for not contributing to the whole team score.

Go hard Hakupu team!

21/01/2012 BRAVO OF FRESH”TUNUPAKU” FISH

Fresh fish cooked on a hot plate grill was a special treat for the Fineone Darts boys on Saturday evening 19 January at their home base. Incredible tasting as the ‘tunupaku’ scent wrench the minds and grumbling stomachs to the edge. The wooden fed BBQ grill with open flame proves the best way to cook fish.

opo mautama and robin toatolu – falai he tau ika uluulu

Experienced chefs Opo Mautama and Robin Toatolu knew what they were doing. Knowing how to cook the fish is just as vital as waiting and watching the episode unfold. Then the best part has to be eating the ‘tunupaku’ fresh fish laid on a fresh ‘le’ leaf sauté with a sprinkle of salt and a quick sip of icy cold beer.

The boys gathered in a circle to honour the momentous event. A fish BBQ treat at the end of tired week caps off a long worn out festive season.

Earlier in the afternoon a special squad headed to Tuhia Bay for reef fish netting. The modern way to fetch fresh fish for a deserving BBQ treats and evening meal. Fish netting may be contrary to the conservation measures of our tupunas but regular rough sea conditions have drawn schools of fish onto the reef platform. Observing the narrow reef from the cliff above, one can see a dark convoy of fish variety seeking for a nourish treat.

Fish netting has its own fun which requires good eyes, acrobatic skills and speed. There’s always back up scout behind the scene to monitor the game while in progress. The netting crew must be able to calculate the waves and move around with relative freedom to judge the right moment. Sometimes the risk can be bad or the benefits can be great. When the movie action minute comes, there has to be sharp instinct to dash, ambush and retreat. Often an error of judgement could render trouble.

On this occasion, it was President Andre who slipped in the wrong burrow and stumbled. Lanze Mautama and Robin Toatolu wanted to laugh at their work boss but pretended to look far away from the view.

Among the funny side of fish netting, success is always measured by the scores of fish the crew can catch from the expedition. The President and crew led from the front to reward the club members from a long season.

 Later from the Tuatea Community Centre, at the newly constructed back veranda, they talked, only this time, with less noise, they laughed and almost cry to realize the many friends who filled the bar lounge and compound three nights before had left.

 And what a way to treat the forlorn (sad) syndrome, have moderate fresh ‘tunupaku’ fish: fish cooked over open flame BBQ grill.

Leading off the cuff, if you crave to have a treat of fresh ‘tunupaku fish, you know where the place to be is. Fish is easy to cook over open flame, hard to beat the nutritional value and healthy for the body and above all, rightly cooked ‘tunupaku’ fish can be quick to disappear.

 Bravo O’ Fish!

17/01/2013 FINEONE PARTY TIME

Fineone Darts fulfilled its responsibility of returning favour to special guests who hosted them whilst on tour of New Zealand in 2010. A BBQ function and a spin cooked pig welcomed the invited guests at Tuatea on Wednesday night 16 January.

The high temperature from the passing cyclone depression felt awful. But it was the warm spirit of getting together for the thanksgiving do that unravel the tension. Old ties rekindle past meetings, an old tradition of family will which binds them closer.

While the open half drum choked in dense charcoal smoke, the tender meat and chicken in marinade Dalian sauce gusts in the compound. Strong winds warnings soon fade away with the sun set flashing from the west. A late takai flares from the Hakupu South main road to entertain the calm evening. Soon the place was packed. Chief Barman Ritchie Mautama provided A- class service throughout the night. Cameraman Jack Feleti kept busy with a hard task.

When visitors thought of giving harmony with a nice break, Fineone Darts took the challenge. They shouted drinks and more food. The frenzy mood looks sure to pile more energy from excess food intake. It will add to the over mound weight factor which needs to rid in the coming months.

By 7 pm, the ceremony began. MC Enterprise Mautama welcomes the invitees with a big smile. They merge in the community hall for the speeches. President Andre Siohane thanked the Wellington and Palmerston North families; Higano Toeono-Siohane, Teresa and Sonny Liuvaie and children Telson, Hugo, Senna and Fone for the kind hospitality extended to the darts group tour in 2010. From Auckland were Genaro Akesi and son Naro Junioir, Ruth Akesi, Triphina Akesi, Losefoou Viviani, Samisoni Sionetali and troupe on camp at Tuatea, David Mautama from Australia, Tagahine Viviani, Abdulah Brown and Rylie Tatui.  Crossley Tatui, Fapoi Akesi and Young Vivian also spoke on behalf of Fineone Darts.

Shortly, dinner was ready and the party continued into the night. Most of them have only a day remaining before returning to New Zealand. It was a triple top win for the group and the village to mingle together. They really know how to celebrate in elegant air and good music.

17/01/2013 FINEONE PARTY TIME

Fineone Darts fulfilled its responsibility of returning favour to special guests who hosted them whilst on tour of New Zealand in 2010. A BBQ function and a spin cooked pig welcomed the invited guests at Tuatea on Wednesday night 16 January.

mastered by “Holo Lui”

The high temperature from the passing cyclone depression felt awful. But it was the warm spirit of getting together for the thanksgiving do that unravel the tension. Old ties rekindle past meetings, an old tradition of family will which binds them closer.

While the open half drum choked in dense charcoal smoke, the tender meat and chicken in marinade Dalian sauce gusts in the compound. Strong winds warnings soon fade away with the sun set flashing from the west. A late takai flares from the Hakupu South main road to entertain the calm evening. Soon the place was packed. Chief Barman Ritchie Mautama provided A- class service throughout the night. Cameraman Jack Feleti kept busy with a hard task.

When visitors thought of giving harmony with a nice break, Fineone Darts took the challenge. They shouted drinks and more food. The frenzy mood looks sure to pile more energy from excess food intake. It will add to the over mound weight factor which needs to rid in the coming months.

By 7 pm, the ceremony began. MC Enterprise Mautama welcomes the invitees with a big smile. They merge in the community hall for the speeches. President Andre Siohane thanked the Wellington and Palmerston North families; Higano Toeono-Siohane, Teresa and Sonny Liuvaie and children Telson, Hugo, Senna and Fone for the kind hospitality extended to the darts group tour in 2010. From Auckland were Genaro Akesi and son Naro Junioir, Ruth Akesi, Triphina Akesi, Losefoou Viviani, Samisoni Sionetali and troupe on camp at Tuatea, David Mautama from Australia, Tagahine Viviani, Abdulah Brown and Rylie Tatui.  Crossley Tatui, Fapoi Akesi and Young Vivian also spoke on behalf of Fineone Darts.

jack feleti, opo mautama and ireena mautama.

Shortly, dinner was ready and the party continued into the night. Most of them have only a day remaining before returning to New Zealand. It was a triple top win for the group and the village to mingle together. They really know how to celebrate in elegant air and good music.


31/12/2012 FINE ONE FOR ROCKS BAR DARTS TOURNAMENT

Fineone Darts Club on Saturday 29 December hosted the Rocks Bar Club touring team from Auckland at the Tuatea Community hall. A new connection was set to take darts forward between the two clubs described by members as the way to keep the partnership strong. By 2 pm both teams assembled at Tuatea to plan their moves and prepare for the big time. President Andre Siohane of the host team wasted no time announcing the programme and welcomed the official guests before the team photos were taken to promote the brand new uniforms. Mascot Niuean Community in Sydney Australia sponsored the new polo shirts for the host team.

stu mautama, opo mautama & rev iga mokole

Once the village Pastor Igatiatama Mokole blessed the occasion the tournament began in earnest as both teams tested their hidden talents. A minute of silence was dedicated to the late Liuvaietama Liuvaie who played against Rocks Bar team during the Fineone Darts tour to Auckland in 2010. By now the ‘Mayan Apocalypse’ was left behind while Pacific Mautama read out the teams and guidelines. Soon the crowd were moving to the galloping horse-style dance music from the bar.

 Fineone Team 3 led by Robin Toatolu was the noisiest gang as they tussled with the Rocks Bar ladies team. The match between siblings Pacific Mautama and Fotu Mautama was a sure bonus to watch as they thrashed each other by very close edge all through the entire game. Sautose Tukuitoga won a tense clash against veteran darts champion Senali Malaki. And Holo Lui celebrated a stroke of luck winning his final match versus the Rocks Bar lady champion. But Misikele (Mitch) Manukuo called it unlucky to let go of Tupu Niupelene Folomu in the final match but won the drink up contest by TKO. New Aue had an unusual quiet afternoon, while average achievement by Ace Kalauni, Sima De’Brett Tanevesi, Crossley Tatui and Opo Mautama. Elder Sefo Lui received the Supporter of the Tournament drama award.

vc deputy chair mr pacific mautama, hon cross tatui and visitor

Darts is a sport one can learn maths, apply self-discipline and plan to execute says Senali Malaki, former Darts Champion of Niue in Auckland and still keeping in hot form on the darts field. Mr Malaki has more than 30 years of darts accolade in his name and indisputably one if not the best Niuean Darts Champion. His son John Malaki , Chief Tour Organizer for Rock Darts is following in his father’s footprints.

 In the darts book, Senali has won hundreds of games and loss just a few. One of his unusual losses was during a prev