Female prizewinners at FFS prizegiving 2018.

Football prizegiving awards best of 2018

Samoan football clubs, players and referees won shares of $64,800 tala at the Football Federation of Samoa (F.F.S.) annual Upolu Prize Giving yesterday afternoon.

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The national women’s touch squad was named last night for next year’s World Cup and Pacific Games campaign.

Women’s touch trials decide World Cup squad

The national women’s touch squad was named last night for next year’s World Cup and Pacific Games campaign. Coach Geoff Hooper came over from Australia to hold four days of trials ending yesterday.

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Coach Frances Solia and her players.

Netball Samoa gear up for big 2019 with Wellington training camp

Samoa’s national netball team completed a training camp in Wellington, New Zealand last week, in preparation for the Pacific Games and World Cup next year.

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Hinckley Scanlan and his teammates perform the siva tau.

Basketball on the rise after successful U15 campaign

The president of the Samoa Basketball Federation (S.B.F.) thinks dual bronze medals at the FIBA Oceania U15 Championships are a sign of a bright future for basketball in Samoa.

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Samoa 2019 Pacific Games C.E.O., Falefata Hele Matatia, Minister of Education, Loau Keneti Sio, Farid Mohammed, Pepe Christian Fruean. Photo/ Thomas Airey.

$3m package for Pacific Games from official sponsor Digicel

Digicel Samoa were announced as the official sponsor of the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games at their head office in Apia yesterday. The official sponsorship package is valued at $3 million Tala, entailing both cash and broadcasting and communication services. 

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Rugby league star Martin Taupau is in Samoa for the first time in 13 years.

‘Marty Kapow’ loving being back in Samoa

Manly Sea Eagles and New Zealand Kiwis rugby league star Martin Taupau is in Samoa for the first time in 13 years.

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Lupesoliai Joseph Parker (R) faces off against Alexander Flores at a press conference ahead of their fight in Christchurch.

Inga the Winger – Parker will respond on Saturday

Samoan boxing influencer and former rugby star Fesola’i Va’aiga Tuigamala is predicting a great fight for Lupesoliai Joseph Parker this weekend.

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Matin Taupau, Amanda Jewell and Gabrielle Apelu with the organisers and participants of the Beyond the Goalpost Star programme for 2018.  Photos / Thomas Airey

NRL star at young women leadership programme graduation

Manly Sea Eagles and New Zealand Kiwis forward Martin Taupau was present to reward graduates and award winners of the NRL Beyond the Goalpost Star leadership programme at a ceremony at the Sheraton Aggie Grey’s Hotel yesterday.

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Weightlifting Award Female winner Faustina Opeloge.

Former students award Leiifiifi College sports stars

The Leiifiifi College Sports awards for 2018 were held on Monday night at the Leiifiifi Hall.

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The Tournament is part of the Badminton Federation Yearly Plan for 2018.

Samoa Badminton Juniors Open Tournament 7th & 8th December 2018

Samoa Badminton Federation completed its Juniors Open Tournament for 2018 in a high note.

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TRY TIME: Tomasi Alosio scores for the Manu Samoa Sevens in Cape Town. Photo: HSBC Sevens.

Samoa 10th at Cape Town Sevens

Samoa 7s played in the Challenge final yesterday for the second World Rugby Sevens Series event in a row.

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Tonga and Samoa U20 teams in action.

Tonga win Oceania U20 Championship over Samoa

The Samoa Under-20 rugby team will miss next year’s World Rugby U20 Trophy after their second straight loss to Tonga. After a four-point loss in the first game on Tuesday, Samoa lost 27-20 at the ACP Marist Park in Lotopa yesterday afternoon.

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LIGHT-HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION: Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali.

Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali continues boxing ascent with Samoan title win

Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali remains the Light-Heavyweight boxing champion of Samoa after beating Ropati Hall by unanimous decision at the Champ of Champs tournament final at St Joseph’s College yesterday.

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SPECIAL ERA COMING FOR SAMOAN BOXING: Boxing has grown in the last few years in Samoa and going in the right direction.

Samoa boxing on the up at Champ of Champs

Over 200 boxers competed in the Champ of Champs national tournament which finished yesterday at St Joseph’s College.

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Reigning Commonwealth Games silver medallist Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali, 19, (right) flew into Samoa yesterday morning to compete at the Champ of Champs national tournament.

Young boxing star jets in for national champs

Reigning Commonwealth Games silver medallist Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali, 19,  flew into Samoa yesterday morning to compete at the Champ of Champs national tournament at St Joseph’s College. 

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Giovanni Mareko.

Mr Samoa health-y competition for JP fitness bodybuilders

The JP Fitness gym bodybuilding team were happy with their results at Mr Samoa 2018, but want to be better next year.

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Samoa national football squad kick around before training. Photo: Thomas Airey.

National team trainings heating up as league comes to a close

The Samoa national football team had training at the Tuanaimato fields yesterday. It is the fourth week of them meeting up, with the best local talent from the Senior National League forming the squad.

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Samoa Under-20 rugby team.

Samoa U20s ironing out mistakes at training

The Samoa Under-20 rugby team had their only major day of training yesterday before playing Tonga again in the Oceania U20 Championship decider on Saturday. After Tuesday’s 16-12 loss, the team had a day of recovery on Wednesday, and today went through a lighter captain’s run.

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Marist Boxing relax during some rare time off on their NZ trip.

Marist Boxing ready to shine at Champ of Champs

Having just returned from a tournament and camp in New Zealand, Marist Boxing are confident of good results at the Champ of Champs national Samoa boxing tournament starting today.

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V.T.A. Club players at the recent celebrity tennis tournament held as a fundraiser for the New Zealand trip.

N.Z. trip a step towards tennis stardom for youngsters

Samoa’s best young tennis talents flew to New Zealand today to test themselves against some of the best players in the region. A team of twenty children aged between 7 and 16 will represent the Vailima Tennis Academy (V.T.A.) Club at the Waikato Xmas Junior Open from the 7th to the 12th of December, followed by the Auckland Junior Championships from the 17th to the 20th.

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Rugby

FLE - In this Nov. 24, 2018, file photo, Australia's head coach Michael Cheika watches his players warm-up before the rugby union international between England and Australia at Twickenham in London. Rugby Australia has confirmed Cheika will lead Australia

Michael Cheika to stay as Wallabies coach through World Cup

Rugby Australia has confirmed Michael Cheika will lead Australia to next year's World Cup but from now on will work under the supervision of Scott Johnson, who takes a new role as Australia's director of rugby.

Boxing

Lupesoliai Parker floors Flores

Lupesoliai Joseph Parker went two years without a knockout win, but when it came against Alexander Flores in Christchurch this morning, it was worth the wait. Lupesoliai knocked Flores out with 2:51 gone in round three, with a brutal seven punch combo completing a well-crafted performance.

NFL

Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Jordan Mailata, of Australia, heads off the field after an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team's training facility in Philadelphia. Mailata has made the cut for the Super Bowl

Too big for rugby, Eagles tackle Mailata is ready for NFL

He can laugh about it now, the concept of being "too big" that led him on this extraordinary journey to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Football

Sina Sataraka.

15-year-old Sataraka the centre of attention in 5-all draw

Samoa’s wild 5-all draw in their second game of the OFC Nations Cup against Tahiti had a bit of everything. Perhaps lucky to escape a red card for lashing out in retaliation, 15-year-old striker Sina Sataraka ended up with a hattrick.

Basketball

Teams playing at the Apia Park Gym within the Teuila Festival (Photo Anina Kazaz).

Basketball tournament kicks off

The Samoa Basketball Federation started its four-day tournament at Apia Park gym earlier this week. The various categories competing in the tournament include open women and men, Under 17 and 14 boys, girls’ teams from Upolu, Savaii and an open men’s team from American Samoa. 

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