John Lemoa getting guidance from coach Johan Keil.  Photos: Thomas Aire

Bodybuilders check in ahead of Mr Samoa 2018

The reigning Mr Samoa is excited to defend his title at this year’s competition next Saturday. Athletes competing met Samoa Bodybuilding Federation (S.B.F.) coach Johan Keil at his gym yesterday morning to check in ahead of Mr Samoa 2018.

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Samoa WNT training in New Caledonia.

Samoa’s OFC Nations Cup begins

The Samoan national women’s football team think the extra time they have spent in New Caledonia will put them in good shape for the OFC Nations Cup.

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AIM FOR GOLD: The Samoa weightlifting team is keen to build on its success at the recent IWF World Championships in Turkmenistan.

Lifters back into training

The Samoan weightlifting team were back in heavy training on Friday after returning from the IWF World Championships held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on Wednesday.

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Women’s national team training at NUS. Linda is second from right.

Linda Junita Kelsall will lead young Samoan team at F.I.B.A. Polynesian Cup

For Samoa women’s basketball captain Linda Junita Kelsall, 20, ball is life. That’s the motto she and her team will carry into the FIBA Polynesian Cup held at the NUS Gymnasium next week.

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Samoa women's football national team warm down after training.

Team Samoa arrive in New Caledonia for O.F.C. Nations Cup

The Samoa national women’s football team are in New Caledonia for the Oceania Football Confederation Nations Cup.

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Manu Sina team.

Manu Sina “pumped” for first match in four years

The Manu Sina are excited to get their Oceania Rugby Womens 15s Championship started against Papua New Guinea this afternoon. The match is their first since the Women’s Rugby World Cup in August 2014. Coach Ramsey Tomokino said his team are just grateful to be able to play.

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Team Samoa.

Team Samoa arrive in New Caledonia for OFC Nations Cup

The Samoa national women’s football team are in New Caledonia for the Oceania Football Confederation Nations Cup.

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Manu Samoa perform the Manu Siva Tau.

Four changes to Manu Samoa 23 to face Georgia

Coach Steve Jackson has made four changes to his lineup for Sunday morning’s game against Georgia. Faifili Levave drops to the bench with Josh Tyrell shifting to No. 8, while Piula Fa’asalele comes in at blindside flanker. Ben Nee-Nee, Iakopo Petelo-Mapu, Melani Matavao and Stacey Ili all drop out of the 23 entirely, with loosie Mat Luamanu, halfback Pele Cowley and centre Alofa Alofa taking their spots on the bench.

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Tonga’s national men’s basketball team.

Tonga falls short of cash playing at FIBA Polynesia Cup

With just a few days remaining before the FIBA Polynesia Cup in Apia next week, Tonga’s national men’s basketball team face a race against time to fly to Samoa for the tournament. 

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SBF president Tala Pauga (with the ball) contributing to women’s national team training.

Samoa ready to host FIBA Polynesian Cup

The President of the Samoa Basketball Federation, Tala Pauga, says preparations for next week’s FIBA Polynesian Basketball Cup will benefit the country at the Pacific Games next year and beyond. 

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The tournament doubles as a qualifying tournament for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 and the Olympics 2020.

Nineteen made it to the final list

This afternoon the Football Federation Samoa (FFS) held a press conference to officially announce its Senior National Women’s Team which departs tomorrow for the OFC Women’s Nations Cup in New Caledonia 18th November – 1st December 2018.

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A HELPING HAND: Chinese Ambassador, Wang Xuefang presents $30,000 to the Marist St Joseph Sports Club for sports development.

Marist receive $30,000 from China

The Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club were presented with $30,000 by the Chinese Embassy at a handover ceremony last Thursday evening. Club President Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio received the donation from Ambassador Wang Xuefeng, at an event which celebrated the club’s recent triumph at the Auckland Marist Samoa 7’s tournament in New Zealand.

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Goalkeeper Ronisa Lipi.

Samoa women’s football taking on best in the region

Yesterday the Samoa women’s national football team departed for New Caledonia to take part in the Oceania Nations Cup. “This is the pinnacle women’s football event in our region,” said coach Nicola Demaine.

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Jason Taumalolo from Tonga on the charge, Tonga v Australia. International Rugby League test match.

Rugby League World Cup seeds: Aussies, England, NZ, Tonga

England will open the 2021 Rugby League World Cup as host and will be seeded alongside titleholder Australia, New Zealand and Tonga.

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New Zealand team members perform the Haka before their International Rugby League match against England, at Elland Road in Leeds, England, Sunday Nov. 11, 2018. (Richard Sellers/PA via AP)

Kiwis thrash England 34-0 to avoid rugby league whitewash

England lost its scoring touch and unbeaten record for 2018 as New Zealand cruised to a 34-0 win at Elland Road to avoid a rugby league series whitewash on Sunday.

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Gold medalist Tai Vili with coach Johannes Keil.

Samoa gets gold in body building

Tai Vili has won gold for Samoa in the over 70kgs category at the South Pacific Bodybuilding Championship in Rarotonga. The tournament in the Cook Islands was held under the umbrella of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (I.F.B.B.). 

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Samoa women’s football national team warm down after training.

Professional environment key to O.F.C. Nations Cup preparation

The Samoa women’s national football team have spent the last week in camp ahead of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Nations Cup. They fly out on Tuesday for the World Cup and Olympic qualifying tournament which is hosted in New Caledonia.

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Eight weeks remain in the competition, with the winning club going on to represent Samoa in the 2019 Oceania Champions League. Photo: Misiona Simo.

National football league continues

Week 12 of the Upolu National Football League concluded at the Tuanaimato fields yesterday afternoon. Moaula FC and Vaiusu SC played out an entertaining 2-all draw, with Moaula’s U16 national team representative Samu Galu Tauasa nabbing an equaliser with the last kick of the game.

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Manu topped their pool on Friday, beat Cook Islands in the quarter finals yesterday but lost to eventual Oceania 7s champions Fiji in the semis.

Third place joy for Samoa

The Manu Samoa 7s prevailed over Australia in a see-saw 3rd place playoff at the Oceania Sevens in Fiji last night. Samoa started the game well, as Kerisimasi Savai’inaea ran in the first try off a great inside line.

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POTENTIAL IN SAMOA: Gridiron session at the Marist Brother’s Primary School.

Free gridiron clinic first step towards U.S. College scholarship

Samoa Gridiron is offering high school students a chance to further their education through sport. Boys aged 12-18 can come along to free gridiron coaching clinics at the Marist Brother’s Primary School this week.

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Rugby

Ireland's Jacob Stockdale scores a try during the rugby union international match between Ireland and the New Zealand All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, Saturday Nov. 17, 2018. (Niall Carson, PA via AP)

Ireland topple All Blacks 16-9 at home for first time

Ireland is No. 1. At least to New Zealand coach Steve Hansen. His All Blacks, the undisputed No. 1 for nine years, lost to the Irish 16-9 on Saturday for the first time in Dublin. Hansen immediately dubbed Ireland the favorite for the Rugby World Cup next year.

Boxing

Tony Bellew, left, reacts to a blow from Oleksandr Usyk during their cruiserweight boxing bout Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Manchester, England. Usyk successfully defended his four belts and likely sent Bellew into retirement by knocking out the British fi

Usyk KOs Bellew in 8th round, retains cruiserweight titles

Undisputed world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk successfully defended his four belts and sent Tony Bellew into retirement by knocking out the British fighter in the eighth round in Manchester on Saturday.

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

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner Georgina sit in the stands prior to the Champions League, group H soccer match between Juventus and Young Boys, at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Cristiano Ronaldo denies rape accusations on social media

Cristiano Ronaldo denied the accusations of rape against him, saying Wednesday that he had a "clear conscience" as he awaits the conclusions of an investigation.

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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