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   Kowloon RFC announcement 10th Nov, 2015

 
 
   
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Heartfelt Condolences for our Brother
Misiluni Moananu 1977 - 2015 RIP

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Misiluni Moananu condolences
   

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have to announce the passing of one of our true “Brothers” Luni. A legendary member of the Kowloon family Luni had been suffering from Bowel Cancer and passed away in the early hours of this morning.

Luni had been working as a YDO for Poneke RFC in New Zealand and had become very involved in assisting young children coping with some of the things life throws at them. Sorting out some of their issues has allowed them to focus on what they would like to be doing, playing rugby! This speaks volumes to what Luni was all about. Helping others, being there for others.

I am sure some of you have seen the Facebook post but just in case you haven't click below. The Poneke AB's with the world cup and Luni centre stage!
http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/all-blacks/73835484/all-blacks-pay-special-visit-to-sick-friend

Kowloon RFC and many present and ex members as well as many friends from the rugby community around the world had donated money to Luni’s cause and I wish to thank everyone who has done so thus far. Haven spoken to former Chair Paul Mallen, who has been communicating with Luni’s close friend Evan Bellford and his long term partner Chrissy Gordon we know Luni appreciated having his old mates in his corner.

Longer term we want to honour Luni’s memory and from this year forward we will be awarding the Luni Trophy to “Breakthrough Player of the Year”. Luni was all about youth development and we believe this is a fitting way to keep his memory alive and something he felt passionately about.

Further more Kowloon RFC will be setting up a donation vehicle for funds to be collected and used to support less fortunate children who need help to be able to follow their dream to play rugby. Whether this means providing a pair of boots, transport to training or whatever. The money raised will continue his work. The details of the account and fund raising events will be circulated shortly.

Jason Conlin
Chairman

 

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"Misiluni Moananu was a friend of mine. He was a team mate too. A hell of a player who helped Kowloon at a time where they needed his contribution both on and off the pitch. His legacy lives on.
The All Blacks culture is being spoken about a lot at the moment. Luni was the first player I ever heard talking about the team being family, he used to say in his big gentle Wellington accent, 'come round my Kowloon brothers'. He was right, we were brothers, sharing experiences good and bad and coming out the other side, sometimes for the better but always together.
He was a giant in HK and helped the local players joining Kowloon and gave them as much time as the experienced players and his mates. He made them feel safe and valued, a trait not all have. Luni had it in every ounce of his giant frame.
I can remember at So Kon Po Luni crashing around the corner off 9, just inside me and thinking 'good luck tackling that' - he ran hard every time he got his hands on the ball and loved to scrum. He worked hard.
Getting to the final in the Manila 10s was a lot of fun, and probably the less said the better. Luni was unstoppable. It was like the Hangover but with rugby.
Luni was a gentle giant, a fantastic man and a Club Rugby Legend. Luni is a great addition to the game they play in heaven and will be sadly missed. Life is better for having met some folk, mine is for calling Luni my friend.
Thoughts with his huge family, many friends and team mates."

Rest in Peace Luni.

Happiness is Egg Shaped but but today filled with gratitude and sadness

Bruce Aitchison

 
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misiluni

When the battle scars have faded
And the truth becomes a lie
And the weekend smell of liniment
Could almost make you cry.
When the last rucks well behind you
And the man that ran now walks
It doesn’t matter who you are
The mirror sometimes talks
Have a good hard look old son!
The melons not that great
The snoz that takes a sharp turn sideways
Used to be dead straight
You’re an advert for arthritis
You’re a thoroughbred gone lame
Then you ask yourself the question
Why the hell you played the game?
Was there logic in the head knocks?
In the corks and in the cuts?
Did common sense get pushed aside?
By manliness and guts?
Do you sometimes sit and wonder
Why your time would often pass
In a tangled mess of bodies
With your head up someone’s……?
With a thumb hooked up your nostril
Scratching gently on your brain
And an overgrown Neanderthal
Rejoicing in your pain!
Mate – you must recall the jersey
That was shredded into rags
Then the soothing sting of Dettol
On a back engraved with tags!
It’s almost worth admitting
Though with some degree of shame
That your wife was right in asking
Why the hell you played the game?
Why you’d always rock home legless
Like a cow on roller skates
After drinking at the clubhouse
With your low down drunken mates
Then you’d wake up – check your wallet
Not a solitary coin
Drink Berocca by the bucket
Throw an ice pack on your groin
Copping Sunday morning sermons
About boozers being losers
While you limped like Quasimodo
With a half a thousand bruises!
Yes – an urge to hug the porcelain
And curse Sambuca’s name
Would always pose the question
Why the hell you played the game!
And yet with every wound re-opened
As you grimly reminisce it
Comes the most compelling feeling yet
God, you bloody miss it!
From the first time that you laced a boot
And tightened every stud
That virus known as rugby
Has been living in your blood
When you dreamt it when you played it
All the rest took second fiddle
Now you’re standing on the sideline
But your hearts still in the middle
And no matter where you travel
You can take it as expected
There will always be a breed of people
Hopelessly infected
If there’s a teammate, then you’ll find him
Like a gravitating force
With a common understanding
And a beer or three, of course
And as you stand there telling lies
Like it was yesterday old friend
You’ll know that if you had the chance
You’d do it all again
You see – that’s the thing with rugby
It will always be the same
And that, I guarantee
Is why the hell you played the game!
"

Wayne Hallas

 

"I don't often post anything on Facebook, but from the day I arrived in Hong Kong back 1992 Kowloon became my family and everyone who pulled on the maroon and white became my Brother or Sister, that includes everyone on and off the pitch. I will always support Kowloon, my heart will forever be maroon and white. When one of our Brothers is taken to the great rugby pitch above too soon it is always a time of saddens and reflection. But life and rugby goes on and I am sure that is exactly what all our Brothers and Sisters in the great rugby pitch above would want. As I am no wordsmith (a prop no less), I have found a poem what for me sums up this game for life we call Rugby.

 

Luni Trophy

The Luni Trophy

 

 

Luni Trophy

The Luni Trophy

Awarded to Season
Cheung Joyin 2015/16
Li Wing Sang, Canapi 2016/17

 

 

 

   
 
Updated 15 Nov 2016 - Unveiling of Misiluni Moananu's Headstone
   

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The unveiling of Misiluni Moananu's Headstone marked a year since our warrior brother passed away. It was a very emotional day and it was a great celebration.

Luni, it is an Honour and a blessing that you and your family are part of the Kowloon Rugby Club family.
Long live the passion and inspiration you brought to us all in the short time before your life ended, yet even this you faced bravely with strength and unwavering faith!

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?


Psalm 27:1

 

"I haven't really left you, even though it may have seem so. I've gone to my heavenly home and am closer than you know"...

   
     
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Dearly missed by Family and Friends...
always Kowloon...
 
 
   
   
Luni Luni
 
"The joy of the Lord is my strength!" Thank you so much for the love and prayers family and friends! It does lift my spirits! Love you all!"

~ Misiluni Moananu 31 Oct 2015
   
Luni a toast to brothers
   
 
A toast to brothers who left ahead of us!
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Lots of food for family & friends to eat after the unveiling, something Luni would have been happy about

 
   

 

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