Last international games for Tengemoana
BY TAROMANE MARTIN
THE Solomon Islands national rugby league team competing at the 2018 Rugby League Emerging Nations World Championship in Sydney, Australia has finished the competition on a high note.
The Sollies finished the competition as the plate winners after beating Hong Kong 56- 14 on Saturday.
Assistant Coach Mr Luke Doff said it was a proud moment for Solomon Islands rugby league despite the many challenges faced.
“What a proud moment in Solomon islands Rugby league history winning the plate in the rugby league emerging nations world championships.
“The team’s commitment, passion, pride and desire made it easy to want to give up my weekends and week nights to help.
“It’s an outstanding achievement from a great group of people with limited funds. Playing four matches and winning three. The team got better with every match and the future looks very promising with so many young players in the team,” he said.
Meanwhile, one of the Sollies veterans who will retire after the ENWC Calvin Tengemoana said this achievement is the highlight of his sports career.
“After four tours with the Sollies this will be my last international games. I’m so happy to be able to finish my league career with a plate at the ENWC.
“My first tour was in 2015 at the Pacific Games in PNG, then played two test matches with Vanuatu the first in 2016 in Port Vill,a then again in 2017 in Honiara and finally here in Sydney.
“This is the biggest achievement I got in my sports life and career,” Tengemoana told SunSPORTon Monday.