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Part-Time Footy Player Pulls Off Real Good Tackle

Saimon Lomaloma, of Fijian descent, has been described by rugby league commentators in New Zealand as having delivered the sport’s “Hit of the Year” when playing in a premier league
27 Aug 2014 15:32
Part-Time Footy Player Pulls Off Real Good Tackle
Peniasi Qalubau.

Saimon Lomaloma, of Fijian descent, has been described by rugby league commentators in New Zealand as having delivered the sport’s “Hit of the Year” when playing in a premier league game at Trust Stadium, Waitakere, last Saturday.

In the match, Lomaloma, playing for Mount Albert Lions Rugby League Club, charged onto the ball off the kick-off, taking a massive run-up before the collision happened.

The Wellington-born 27-year-old is of Fijian descent and switched from rugby union to league after school. He works full-time as a chartered accountant and catches six flights a week from Wellington to Auckland to train and play.

His dream is to play for Fiji one day. Vodafone Fiji Bati assistant coach Joe Rabele said Lomaloma was a member of the Australian Fijians team who played in the 2013 trial to select the Vodafone Fiji Bati squad to last year’s Rugby League World Cup in the United Kingdom.

“He is one of our overseas-based players. He is a second rower and is a powerful runner.”

Lomaloma, a rising Wellington footballer, completed a notable 2013 season by being named the New Zealand Rugby League Domestic Player of the Year in Auckland.

He’s played for Victoria University Hunters and the Wellington Orcas, and was a New Zealand student World Cup representative.

Born and raised in Wellington to a New Zealand mother and a Fijian father, Lomaloma only returned to playing league last year after because of injury.

He has been an accountant for four years and now works as a financial controller.

‘‘Without the support of my employers, I wouldn’t have been able to go to any of these fixtures. During the space of a fortnight last September, I played in Auckland for the Orcas, two trial matches in Sydney and a final trial in Suva.’’

Lomaloma said playing the highlight of his games last year was playing in front of a near capacity ANZ Stadium in Suva during the Fiji National Rugby League 2013 World Cup trial.

‘‘It was a great honour to be there because league is on the rise in Fiji,’’ he said.

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