N.F.L. and Pittsburgh Steelers legend Troy Polamalu and Polynesian Airlines pilot Kit Dillon.

Famous Samoan drops by

N.F.L. and Pittsburgh Steelers legend Troy Polamalu was in Samoa briefly on Sunday. Polamalu was on his way to American Samoa where he is conducting football clinics.

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ADVOCATING FOR EDUCATION: S.S.A.B. is the major sponsor for the Champ of Champs 2018 and will continue to be in 2019.

Samoa Stationery and Books back the Champs

Advocating for good education and supporting educational related activities have always been S.S.A.B’s flying banner since its establishment. 

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Players gearing up for training

Touch rugby gears up for National trials

The Samoa Touch Rugby Inc. (STRI) is gearing up for its BSP National Elite Touch Tournament – Clash of the Legends next week 31st August – 1st September 2018. 

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2018 Champ of Champs Athletics Competition.

Vaiola College rules senior boys in Champ of champs

Talent doesn’t always mean you will be successful, but you have a chance to compete. This was highlighted in the 2018 Champ of Champ Athletics Competition at Apia Park, yesterday.

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Samoa Volleyball men's team/Samoa wins bronze medal at 2018 Oceania National Indoor volleyball championship in New Caledonia.

Bronze medal for Samoa Volleyball team

The Samoa volleyball men’s team claimed bronze medal at Oceania National Indoor Volleyball Championship in New Caledonia. They won against host nation New Caledonia, but lost to New Zealand, 0-3 sets, in the semi-finals.

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“Drink the Kool Aid” takes Fittest team title at Toa Games

Team Drink the Kool Aid has taken out the title of the Fittest Team in Samoa at the 2018 Toa Games at Vaitele last Saturday.

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Participants from Australia and New Zealand at the Prizegiving Ceremony and Dinner at Taumeasina Resort.

Samoa Squash Open ends with celebration

Samoa’s local and guest squash players were treated to an entertaining Saturday night to celebrate the end of the first squash open in 20 years. Players from different countries mingled and ate together before being treated to a cultural performance of siva dancing, music, and a fire show in the courtyard.

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Samoa Badminton Federation prepares for 2019 Pacific Games.

Badminton Federation gears up for Pacific Games

Samoa Badminton Federation (S.B.F.) held a two and a half days capacity training workshop in Savaii for the upcoming 2019 Pacific Games.

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Apia Maroons reigned victorious in the Bluesky National Women’s Sevens.

Apia Maroons get sevens title

Apia Maroons have won the Bluesky National Women’s Sevens title. 

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Keen players giving their all to claim that number one title.

Schools play their hearts out

Heavy rain last Friday failed to dampen the spirits of six private schools that competed in their annual netball tournament.

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WELL DONE: Paul Wright, organiser of the squash tournament, with men’s final winner Joshua Larkin. Photo / Natalie Burgess.

Australian and New Zealand win Squash Open

Australian Joshua Larkin dominated the men’s final in the 2018 Samoa Squash Open last night to come out victorious over New Zealand’s Jackson Beresford. 

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ALO PAOPAO 2018 UNDERWAY: Action from the first day of the 2018 Alo Paopao Festival which took place on the waters at Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Beach Resort yesterday.

AloPaopao Festival underway

The Le AitoV1 Samoa and Matson AloPaopao Festival officially opened at Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Beach Resort Mulifanua. Yesterday, 26 paddlers competed in five different categories which included junior 16 for girls, open women’s, open men’s, master’s women, and masters men.

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Intense Competition between the participating private schools.

Ah Mu Academy dominates tournament

Ah Mu Academy dominated in the Get into Rugby tournament that was held for private schools in Upolu at Pesega. The schools are Pesega Middle School, Robert Louis Stevenson School, Peace Chapel, Ah Mu Academy, Samoa Primary School and Vaiala Beach School. 

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THE TEAM: Moefaauo Salale Moananu, Falefata Hele Matatia and Lepale Niko Palamo.

Pacific Games schedule released

The official Pacific Games 2019 Sports programme was released in a press conference at Tuina’imato Sports complex yesterday.

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Grace Kara of the Stars celebrates after winning the match. 2018 ANZ Premiership netball match, Mystics v Stars at The Trusts Arena, Auckland, New Zealand. 8 July 2018

Silver Fern star promotes NetGO Junior Netball

The 2018 NetGO Junior Netball National Championship tournament will be held this Saturday 18th August 2018 at Pesega LDS College in Upolu. There will be 10 schools competing to win the Fiame Naomi Mataafa Trophy.

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Squash action at Tuana’imato. Photo/Misiona Simo/Samoa Observer

New Zealand squash team excited

Squash is absolutely addictive, say two kiwi players participating in the Samoa Squash Open.

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England cricketer Ben Stokes with his wife Clare walk back to Bristol Crown Court, after a lunch break where he is on trial accused of affray, in Bristol, England, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

Jury clears England cricket player Stokes over street fight

England cricket player Ben Stokes was found not guilty on Tuesday after saying during his trial he was acting in self-defense when he knocked out two men in a street fight.

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The team leaves for the 2018 World Rugby U20 Trophy in Romania later this month, which will determine who qualifies for next year’s championship.

Samoa U-20 team set for Romania

Samoa’s Under-20 rugby team is fully assembled and ready for a chance to play professionally.

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a work in progress: Strength and Conditioning Coach, Simon Price and Physiotherapist, Olivia Withers.

Sports science embraced

Sports science will play an integral part in the next campaign of the Samoa U-20 rugby team as they set their sights on the World Rugby U20 Trophy in Romania later this month. 

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PADDLES UP: These paddlers are ready to tackle the waters of Samoa come the start of the Alo Paopao Festival.

Paddlers ready for Alo Paopao

Samoa’s biggest international outrigger paddling festival, Matson Alo Paopao, was launched at the Matson Inc.’s agent office, Matautu Wharf yesterday. 

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Rugby

The Frankies Tama Uli Salelologa team. Photo: Vikings Facebook.

Salelologa continues Sevens dominance

The Frankies Tama Uli Salelologa team continued their winning ways at the Bluesky National Sevens Series winning yesterday’s tournament by overcoming, Tepatasi, 24-19.

Boxing

British boxer Anthony Joshua, left, fights Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin in their WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles fight at Wembley Stadium in London, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Joshua stops Povetkin in 7th round, keeps heavyweight titles

 Anthony Joshua retained his WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles with a seventh-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium. Joshua, who fought with a suspected broken nose from the second round, sent the Russian to the canvas with a big right midway through the seventh and was unloading a flurry of punches before the referee stepped in to end the fight.

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

Manuali’I (West Zone) team waiting for the opening parade to begin.

Samoa Football Cup is back

After a seven year hiatus, the Samoa National Football Cup is back, with five teams across 30 clubs competing for the top prize. The five teams are from five geographical zones, four in Upolu and one from Savaii. 

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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