Vanuatu Cricket through their development program on Santo, facilitated and successfully completed an U15 school competition on the Southern part of Santo in the month of June.
The purpose of the competition was to identify talented young boys and girls who have the potential to become the future of Vanuatu Cricket and who will be participating in a planned talent ID camp in August.
The competition was also to create an opportunity where the schools can come together and socialize in sport and have the opportunity to showcase the cricket skills that are taught in each school by their respective cricket ambassador(s). The competition also provided an opportunity to expose cricket to communities on South Santo who have never heard of cricket before.
The competition featured six schools and a boys and girls category to be inclusive and accommodate all the young cricket enthusiasts on Santo. The schools that participated were Saleuti, Ipayato, Tasmalum, Narango, Namorou and St. Pierre school.
The competition was played in a round robin format where all teams have the opportunity to face each other once and display healthy rivalries and their spirit of competition. However, at the end of the round matches, Tasmalum and Saleuti claimed the two coveted spots in the boys’ grand final while in the girls’ category, Saleuti and Namorou were the grand finalists.
The competition ended with two intense grand finals but as it is in sport, there can only be one winner and Tasmalum came out victorious with a two wicket win over Saleuti in the boys’ category however, Saleuti scooped up number one place it the girls’ category with a five wicket win over Namorou.
Best player awards were awarded to the best performer throughout the competition in each category and Rogatiem Mermer from Tasmalum School was awarded in the boys’ category for scoring 38 runs and Amanda Mele from Tasmalum as well, claimed the award in the girls’ category for scoring 59 runs throughout the competition.
McKenzie Tura, Vanuatu Cricket’s ambassador to Narango School said, “I would like to say thank you to the VCA for facilitating this competition on South Santo. In the last two years we have only had the beach cricket carnival here so we are thankful because this was the perfect opportunity for our students to put into action the cricket skills that we have been teaching them.”
This competition was made possible through the funding and support from the Australian Government through the Pacific Sports Partnership Program.