TWO first-timers to the sport of hockey helped the Samoan women's side win bronze in the FIH (International Hockey Federation) Women's World League Round 1 yesterday.
Mother, Sulu Pauline Paulo and her daughter Fapene Malu were the stars for their side against Vanuatu.
Despite being new to the sport, the two were all over the hockey court during defence and attack as the Samoans won 2-1.
A goal in the 34th minute to Lenora Tuila Pereira gave Samoa a 1-nil lead which was cancelled out a few minutes after the second spell started by Iso Poilapa.
Both teams remained locked 1-all at full-time until Malu broke the deadlock and the hearts of the Vanuatu players with the golden goal.
Team captain Peta Mualia-Teo dedicated the win to the people of Samoa who are currently being hit by a cyclone.
She said they contacted their families in Samoa and instead of hearing the bad news, she said they were being encouraged to do their best.
"Many of us thought we needed to see our families but instead of telling us the bad news first, they wished us the very best for our game today," she said.
Mualia-Teo said the third place finish was a testament of the development progress in her country.
"Last year we had like three women's teams and five men's teams competing but this year, we have like 14 women's teams and 16 men's teams and this is a very good sign.
"We look forward to more international competition in the future," she said.