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National futsal championship kicks off

Featuring the 4 Honiara clubs from the last championship; KOSSA, Koloale, Marist and Brisolona plus provincial sides Malaita, Guadalcanal, Isabel and Makira Ulawa the 2011 Our Telekom National Futsal Championship will continue for another 4 days and close with the finals on Saturday 25, June.
The competition is played in a group-league and knockout format with the 8 teams being equally divided in 2 groups. KOSSA and Koloale, who met in the grand final of the 2010 championship are seeded in Group A and B respectively. The other teams in Group A are Malaita, Guadalcanal and Marist. Koloale is joined by Brisolona, Makira Ulawa and Isabel in Group B.
The biggest haul of the day was Isabel’s 6 – 1 win over Makira Ulawa which fails to compare with the last championship when the Honiara sides opened with double digit wins against their provincial counterparts. However, the action was all there and it was the scoring bit that proved to be a challenge against strengthened defensive formations in the competition.
Some of the big stars of futsal in Solomon Islands registered for the teams taking part in the Our Telekom National Futsal Championship adding profile and attracting interest from the public. Kurukuru captain, Elliot Ragomo, is with his local futsal club, Brisolona, and Coleman Makau and Micah Lea’alafa are playing for KOSSA. Other national team players playing in the competition are Jeffery Bule and David Lafai who are starring for Koloale and Samuel Osifelo who is with Isabel.
The results for today are as follows:
Game 1: KOSSA 5 – Malaita 0
KOSSA proved to be too much for Malaita in the opening match of Group A. With Coleman Makau and Micah Lea’alafa in their line up KOSSA banked on their experience to get the job done. However, the stars were not allowed to shine too bright by the Malaitans and they managed to limit the big names in KOSSA to only 1 goal each for their efforts. Makau and Lea’alafa made their mark on the win as did Matthias Saru, Steven Mani and Dennis Ifunaoa.
Game 2: Koloale 2 – Brisolona 2
Brisolona had the worth of national captain, Elliot Ragomo, but still they were not able to get the 3 points they were looking for against a stubborn Koloale side who came from behind to level the scores at fulltime. The tempo of the game was blistering with the ball moving very quickly from one end of the court to the other. Ragomo was instrumental for his side but he did not get any goals as the honour went to Brisolona goalkeeper Paul Huia and defender Phillip Houtarau. Not to be outdone, Koloale goalkeeper, David Lafai, also managed to score and Fred Bala added the equaliser for them.
Game 3: Guadalcanal 3 – Marist 4
Marist were lucky to escape with a win after a challenging game for them against Guadalcanal. They did not have their usual stars in their line up but still much was expected from them. They managed to win by the narrowest of margins to register 3 points that may be valuable later on in the championship. Paul Hiri, Henry To’o, Gabriel Bosi and John Feraka got 1-a-peice for Marist while Guadalcanal replied through Junior Wane who bagged 3 goals for his team.
Game 4: Makira Ulawa 1 – Isabel 6
Isabel opened their campaign in the Our Telekom National Futsal Championship on a high note with their 6 – 1 victory over Makira Ulawa. Goals from Samuel Osifelo, Selwyn Rano, Clifton Rei, Francis Wari and Samuel Motui’s double strike took the game away from Makira Ulawa who struggled to get past the Isabel defence. Makira Ulawa’s consolation goal came from the boot of Tony Hara.

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