QTRU SECURES LANDMARK SPONSORSHIP PARTNERSHIP WITH KIDS TIME FAMILY DAY CARE ORGANISATION

“Kids Time Family Day Care” organisation officially links up with Queensland Tonga Rugby.

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31/10/14

The QTRU’s goals of self sufficiency, to allow it to continue its valuable work of harnessing and providing its best and brightest players, coaches, managers, and administrators a forum to excel both on and off the field, has come to fruition after it proudly secured Kids Time Family Day Care as the Principal Platinum Sponsor of its rugby program.

Once Queensland Tonga Rugby complete their duties in this year’s Kings and Queens of Pacific rugby tournament and the Monimonu Cup, the Kids Time Family Day Care organisation will rightfully assume its place on the front of all Queensland Tongan Rugby Union jerseys as the Principal Platinum organisation behind all of our teams.

Kids Time Family Day Care Pty Ltd. is an approved family day care scheme operator. Currently operating in Brisbane and Sydney with approx. 160 educators, the family conscious organisation aims to create a setting in which children will find comfort and kindness as well as an abundance of opportunities for self-discovery, according to individual needs, interests and abilities. KTFDC believes all children have the right to be treated equally and with respect, regardless of religion, race, culture, language, disability or gender.

Queensland Tonga Rugby Program Co-ordinator James Kite said the partnership is a great fit between two organisations with similar ideals and objectives for the community.

“When everything is stripped away, the partnership is a great fit for our group because just like the Kids Time Family Day Care Organisation, Queensland Tonga Rugby Union has an absolute dedication to investing into the future of our community. It is an added bonus for the Queensland Tonga Rugby Union to link up with an organisation that also helps so many people in the community rightfully receive support for the largely thankless but absolutely vital task of bringing up our youth, who are our future.”

“The deal is a historic moment for the humble Queensland Tonga Rugby program and we are blessed to tie ourselves to an organisation that can help so many of our people outside of rugby as well.”

Queensland Tonga Rugby looks forward to working hand in hand with Kids Time Family Day Care to achieve the community conscious objectives of both organisations, ensuring a bright future for QTRU members, stakeholders and supporters and has ultimately brought the lofty dreams of the QTRU within reach.

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QTRU Wrap Up – KQPR Week 2 (Mens) Semi Final

After setting some lofty standards in the first week of competition, the Queensland Tongans arguably played their worst match in 3 years as they overcame a plucky QLD Niue side 22-10 before lining up against the dangerous Queensland Maori side in the semi final.

Have a watch and see how the men of Queensland Tonga fared in another epic instalment of the 2014 KQPR competition in to determine who goes through to the Grand Final.

QTRU WRAP UP – KQPR Week 2 Highlights (Womens)

Have a look at some of the video highlights from how our Queensland Tongan women went in the second week of the Kings and Queens of Pacific Rugby Tournament held at Norths Rugby Union, Brisbane Queensland.

In the first week, our women put up a brave fight before going down against the top two seeds in the women’s side of the competition Queensland Maori and the Indigenous women of the Dreamtime women’s team.

In order to have any chance of progressing to the semi finals this year, Queensland Tonga needed to claim at least two scalps from the Brisbane Fiji. Cook Islands QLD and QLD PNG and hope other results went their way. Brisbane Fiji and Cook Islands QLD easily accounted for the Tongans last year and with National players filling the PNG team it was going to be no easy feat to add the one win they collected from the first week against Queensland Samoa. The second week was going to be a true test of how much our women team has improved from last year.

Have a look at how our female players fared in the second week of the KQPR.

QTRU HOPING FLOURISHING RETURNING ROOKIES CONTINUE FINE FORM

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Throwback: Kristian Satui (L) and Christian Filipine (R) as fresh faced youngsters in 2012 (front) and as they are in the 2014 emerging as fine players for Queensland Tonga today (background)

24/10/14

In 2012, they entered the Queensland Tonga program as talented but little known teenagers who went down to training, not to necessarily make the team, but just to learn from senior players from throughout the Queensland Tongan community. That year, fate had other plans for them, in 2014 perhaps bigger plans are also ahead. Continue reading “QTRU HOPING FLOURISHING RETURNING ROOKIES CONTINUE FINE FORM”

A SOLID FIRST KQPR WEEKEND FOR QTRU WOMEN

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20/10/14

In the first weekend of the 2014 Kings and Queens of Pacific Rugby tournament held at Norths Rugby Union the goal for the Tongan women’s team was simple, to improve and be competitive from the previous year to hopefully close the gap on the top group in the women’s division.

Continue reading “A SOLID FIRST KQPR WEEKEND FOR QTRU WOMEN”

2014 QTRU WOMEN’S SQUAD NAMED

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(Inset: Recent QTRU Tonga 7’s Internationals Vetekina Fangaloka (left), Kayla Tukuafu (centre), and Mele Akuila (right) will form an important nucleus for this years 2014 Women’s squad.)

07/10/14

Queensland Tonga Rugby Union have named their official squad for 2014. Coach Motekiai Kite has named an extended 24 women squad that will initially compete at the Gold Coast National 7’s tournament a week prior to the KQPR Tournament.

The Gold Coast tournament will include the Manu Sina and Papua New Guinea International teams as well as other recognised prestigious 7’s teams from throughout Australia like the Tribe 7’s team.

Queensland Tonga will enter 2 teams into the Gold Coast tournament which will double as a final trial for who will essentially make the final 15 women squad for the Kings and Queens of Pacific Rugby tournament the week after and then the Monimonu tournament in November.

Coach Kite has named an extended team with a view to the future and to also consolidate a strong core of players to ensure the continual growth of the women’s program this year and for years to come.

The team will be led by recent Tonga 7’s Internationals Vetekina Fangaloka who has been named as captain, and Mele Akuila who has been installed as her official second in command as Vice Captain.

The team has a great blend of youth and experience and will allow the Tongan girls to be competitive as their looming campaigns begin to appear on the horizon.

Congratulations to all the girls on their selection and who have bravely taken up the challenge to represent our community on the rugby field.

2014 Queensland Tonga Women’s Squad
Neevah Ah Ki
Emilyn Akuila
Mele Akuila (VC)
Eseta Fangaloka
Vetekina Fangaloka (C)
Ana Fotu
Kim Hunt
Mele Kato
Vira Kite
Tamika Kefu
Tupoutu’a Kupu
Lupe Lea’aetalafo’ou
Asipau Mafi
Luisa Moala
Lavinia Ngata
Alapeta Ngauamo
Liliani Ngauamo
Asako Ono
Melefatai Pani
Veronica Tafito
Ryan Tofa
Likah Tuimauga
Kayla Tukuafu
Mati Schaaf

QUEENSLAND TONGA SEVENS SECURE MAIDEN TITLE AT FIJI DAY TOURNAMENT

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Get around him; Queensland Tonga boys Kristian Satui (left), Tonga Ma’afu (far right) , James Sua (centre right) congratulate captain Isaac Helu (centre with ball) after crossing for try in the Grand Final against Nadi.

05/10/14

The 2014 Queensland Tonga sevens program wrapped up in the best possible way yesterday, when the men’s sevens team claimed first place and the Rocky Rokocoko and Janice Gutugutuwai memorial shield at the annual Fiji Day sevens tournament at the Norths Rugby Union club. After two solid previous showings at both the Brisbane and Northside 7’s tournaments, where the Tongan boys from Queensland were knocked out in semis and quarters respectively, the team was hungry to taste some championship success and determined to try go further then their previous attempts this year.  Continue reading “QUEENSLAND TONGA SEVENS SECURE MAIDEN TITLE AT FIJI DAY TOURNAMENT”