Not even a misplaced bag containing all the men's uniforms could put a dampener on the Samoans' arrival for the Oceania Cup hockey tournament.
"One of our bags didn't arrive with us in New Plymouth on Thursday, it was left in Auckland," said Samoan Hockey Federation president Taiva Ah Young, who is also coach of the men's side.
"It's turned up today. We're very grateful to Air New Zealand. We're just overwhelmed with all the support we've had since we arrived, especially the people of Stratford, with their giving."
And yesterday's rain and wind didn't worry him ahead of the tournament, which starts on Wednesday.
"We enjoyed the rain, but didn't like the wind," he said.
Playing on astroturf is foreign to most Samoan players.
"Back home we play on grass. The fields are cut for rugby and soccer. We have to roll them for hockey and it's still quite rough. We arrived early to get used to the astroturf," he said.
Ah Young said hockey was gaining popularity in Samoa.
"When we started a development programme five years ago, we had only 120 players. Now we've got 1000 players. It's very encouraging. Hockey is not that popular in the Pacific, rugby is popular," he said.
"But we're introducing hockey to primary and high schools and it's taken off. We've now got 20 men's and women's teams playing in our national tournaments."
Equipment was also an issue.
"We've been lucky over the last couple of years with both New Zealand and Australia donating used sticks and equipment to us. It's all appreciated."
While Ah Young wasn't expecting either the Samoan men's or women's teams to upset New Zealand or Australia, he was hopeful of picking up a win against Papua New Guinea.
"We've been training hard for four months. I'd like to think we had a good chance of winning a few games here."
The Samoan men play Australia in the first match on Wednesday, with the women second up against Papua New Guinea.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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