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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Former Mr. Samoa champion and pioneer, Karl Tui Adams as guest poser.

With the right diet I’ll live to 100 and you can too

Former Mr Samoa Karl Tui Adam thinks healthier lifestyles are key to combatting NCD’s in Samoa – and he wants to live to 100 to help prove it.

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BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME: Samoa U20s coach, Mailo Potu confirms that Samoa team can win Game Two against Tonga on Saturday.

U20s coach confident of better Game Two performance

Samoa U20s coach Mailo Potu Leavasa sent his players out to play running, expansive rugby against Tonga, but in the end it mattered little whether this was the right gameplan or not.

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GAME TIME: The Samoan and Tongan U20s rugby teams in action.

Samoa U20s messy in loss to Tonga

The Samoa U20s rugby team lost a mistake-filled game against Tonga 16-12 at ACP Marist St Joseph Stadium yesterday afternoon. They will need to win the second game of the Oceania Rugby U20s Trophy on Saturday by more than four points to book a place in the 2019 World Rugby Under 20 Trophy to be held in Brazil. Samoa were keen to shift the ball wide at every opportunity right from kickoff.

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New Zealand's batsman Jeet Raval, left, plays a shot against Pakistan.

New Zealand rallies to 229-7 after Shah's triple strike

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson scored a fighting half century on a turning wicket Monday and rallied his team to 229-7 on the first day of the third and final test against Pakistan.

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Stephanie Gilmore of Australia competes at the Beachwaver Maui Pro, in Honolua, Hawaii.

With Olympics looming, surf star captures a bigger prize

If Australia's Stephanie Gilmore captures the gold medal when surfing makes its Olympic debut two years from now, it might not be her most meaningful win.

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amoa Touch Rugby Incorporated held fundraising barbecues outside SSAB Megastore and Top Taste Vailoa yesterday.

Touch hold BBQs to fundraise for World Cup campaign

Samoa Touch Rugby Incorporated held fundraising barbecues outside SSAB Megastore and Top Taste Vailoa yesterday.

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Leilanie Guerry Wong Foo win.

Experienced Tahitians dominate Pacific Islands Championships triathlon

Team Tahiti had a clean sweep at the Pacific Islands Championships triathlon held in Samoa at the Sogi Reserve.

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(L-R) Galumalemana Rudolf Moors (Vice President), Misa Victoria Lepou (Secretary), Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio (President), Laulu Henry Taefu (Vice President), Seulū Aleki Afoa (Treasurer).

Entitlement and accountability on the agenda at Marist A.G.M.

The theme of the Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club annual general meeting on Thursday was ‘We serve only the best interests of Marist, not our own’. Re-elected club president Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio touched on this in his report to the AGM.

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S.R.U. CEO Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai (left) and G.C.A. CEO Tuala Siaki Tuala.

You buy the tickets, Manu Samoa wins the lotto

Samoa Sports Lotto committed $500,000 tala to the Samoa Rugby Union yesterday to assist with the Manu Samoa’s preparations for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

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Tonga guard Marcus Alipate driving to the hoop against Tahiti during the Polynesian Basketball Cup.

‘Cool Runnings’ of basketball want to carry momentum forward

Last Saturday night, the Tongan national men’s basketball team received their bronze medals at the FIBA Polynesia Cup in Samoa.

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Peter hedge, mike Webster vp of Samoa Triathlon Union, Seti Afoa, Sara Moriarty, Ben gathercole. Photo: Thomas Airey.

Samoa Triathlon Union receives donation on eve of Pacific Island Champs

The Samoa Triathlon Union received a donation of equipment from the World Triathlon Union and Triathlon Australia yesterday at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel.

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The Pacific Games will have 16 teams (eight men and eight women) so it’s a significant increase on the Polynesian Cup.

Samoa will be ‘fantastic hosts’ for basketball at the Pacific Games

The International Basketball Federation have praised Samoa for their hosting of the FIBA Polynesian Cup last week.

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Vai Ripley (left) with Samoa’s Fealofani Cup winning team.

Local sailor proud to carry flag for Samoa again

Samoa’s lone local representative at the Sir Peter Blake Regatta is excited to sail for her country again.

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Loto Taumafai School, Aoga Fiamalamalama, and Senese took part in the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) programme.

Netball Samoa part of special needs sports day

The Samoan national netball team attended the Special Needs School (Inclusive Education) Sports Day at N.U.S. Gym yesterday. Loto Taumafai School, Aoga Fiamalamalama, and Senese took part in the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) programme.

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Samoa won bronze at the FIBA Womens’ Polynesian Basketball Cup at N.U.S. Gym yesterday.

Samoa finish third on home soil

Samoa won bronze at the FIBA Womens’ Polynesian Basketball Cup at N.U.S. Gym yesterday. They defeated American Samoa 70-53 to take a spot on the podium.

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Senira Sua receiving best female batsman award.

Business House cricket wraps up

The final matches and prizegiving of the Business House cricket competition took place at the Tuanaimato fields on Friday evening.

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GOING HARD: Manu Sina gave it their best against Fiji, but it wasn’t good enough.

Manu Sina second in Fiji

Samoa lost their final game of the Oceania Women’s Rugby Championship to defending champions Fiji 43-12. The match between the two remaining unbeaten teams at the tournament is Samoa’s first loss since returning to the international scene after four years in the wilderness.

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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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