Australia crushed the hopes of a nation — and its watching king — when it beat Tonga 34-16 Saturday in their first rugby league test encounter. More than 26,000 Tonga fans — expatriate representatives of a Pacific Island nation with a population of only 104,000 — watched the match at Auckland's Mount Smart Stadium.
The Chairman of Rugby League Samoa, Tagaloa Faafouina Su’a joined leaders of Rugby League in the Pacific in Auckland yesterday to agree the future direction of the international game in the region.
The Nofoalii Touch Rugby Club hosted its third touch rugby tournament at the Nuuausala fields on Monday. Six teams competed in the open men’s division. They are Marist Saints, Blade Runners, Stay Aloof, Nofoalii Swifters, Nofoalii Steppers and Team Ato.
Fourteen local touch rugby referees have graduated with a Level 1 Badge after a three-day assessment. They are Gerard Anapu, Filoi Eneliko, Atitoa Tau, Risty Fong, Frank Ah Kuoi, Arron Rogers, Alex Mikaele, David Solomona, Tua Toomata, Deejay Fong, Michael Wulf, Mathew Stanley, Ete Tanuvasa, and Malaeloa Filipo Soe.
The Samoa A rugby team has created history by winning the World Rugby America’s Pacific Challenge, defeating host nation Uruguay 38-26 in a tough final. Uruguay dominated possession behind their powerful scum to lead 12-10 at halftime, but Samoa’s attacking prowess came through with five tries.
New Zealand rallied then held out a late Kangaroos comeback to beat Australia 26-24 in a rugby league upset on Saturday. Joseph Manu and Brandon Smith scored tries on debut, and Esan Masters, who scored on debut in New Zealand's previous test against England, also touched down during a second half in which the Kiwis outscored the Kangaroos 18-12 after trailing 12-8 at halftime.
New Zealand netball team Rolleston INSPIRE locked horns with Samoa’s Oriana Development Academy at the National University of Samoa gym on Saturday. But the friendly game between the two sides was all in the name of developing further the sport of netball.
Serena Williams has opened up about parenting, motherhood and her own insecurities during a women's conference in Philadelphia. The tennis star was one of a number of speakers Friday at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women.
Vaiula team from Falevao took the Upolu Island Cup for international cricket held at Tuanaimato yesterday. Six teams participated in the three-day tournament which started on Tuesday. The teams are Vaiula – Falevao, Faleasiu, two teams from Tiavea Village called Tiavea and Oneone o Aleipata, Tauafiafi o Aana and Lalomauga.
“Pool swimming is a highly technical sport- focus on biomechanics to decrease resistance and drag is constantly being addressed whereas the sea is of a capricious nature in which unreliability and inconsistency is ever-present” – Suzie Schuster
As a tradition, one of the main highlights for any Bodybuilding Event has always been the “Guest Poser”. The “Guest Poser” is always a prominent figure in the Sport who is either competing/current International Champ or former Champ with medals under their belt.
As Samoa counts down to the Pacific Games next year, Netball Samoa is on the move. As well as preparing the teams to aim for gold, they are also looking for volunteers to help stage the competition. You could be one of them.
Vaisilika Tolua Tuigamala is one of three boxers representing Samoa at the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina this month. Speaking to the Samoa Observer prior to their departure, the 18-year-old said he is aiming for a gold medal at the international sporting event.
Greg Inglis will lead Australia in its rugby league tests against New Zealand and Tonga this month, taking over as captain from the retiring Cameron Smith.
Inspired by the injured Cooper Cronk, the Sydney Roosters led 18-0 at halftime and went on to beat the Melbourne Storm 21-6 in the National Rugby League grand final on Sunday.
Despite the 5 year’s gab, the 2018 Samoa Football Cup competition has been one of the most successful tournaments in the FFS competition calendar. The tournament kicked off last Saturday and concluded this evening with the final round of matches and the prize giving.
Tony Finau never forgot that first set of free clubs. For a family that scrimped on every dime so he'd have a chance to play golf, it really was a big deal. Never mind that it wasn't even a complete set.
Only a handful of the children that showed up at the Faleata Golf Course to learn golf from P.G.A. professional Scott Puailoa. The rest went to try something new and to learn a skill from the best. Scott Puailoa is a Samoan American who is visiting the country to deliver three days of golf clinics to children, as well as train the trainers for an evening.
The Samoa Rugby Union should not be bullied by the World Rugby. That is the view of Tamaleta Taimang Jensen, a former Manu Samoa player, who at one time was the S.R.U. manager (oversight reforms) who oversaw institutional and financial reform within the governing body.
Canada and Germany were in pole position for the last berth in the 2019 Rugby World Cup after opening wins in the repechage tournament on Sunday.
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.
He can laugh about it now, the concept of being "too big" that led him on this extraordinary journey to the Philadelphia Eagles.
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.
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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