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Construction underway at Pacific Mini Games site in Vanuatu

Games have been pushed back to December 2017

Construction of the main Korman site for the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu has finally begun 20 months out from the scheduled start date in Port Vila.

Work was meant to begin 13 months ago before Cyclone Pam caused widespread damage to the country.

In January, organizers pushed the start date back by three months to allow more time to prepare.

The Executive Director of the Pacific Games Council, Andrew Minogue, said with a permanent government now in place and work underway, it's encouraging to see some much-needed progress.



American Samoa boxers look forward to next match in Samoa

Alapati “The Heatman” A’asa planning to step into the ring May 21 — in NZ
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Two of the American Samoa rising stars in boxing promised their fans and the people who are supporting them, that they will do everything they can do to win their next matches during the Samoa Flag Day Boxing Tournament next month in Apia.
 
Enjoying their great performances against their opponents from Samoa during the American Samoa Flag Day Boxing Tournament held at the former Bowling Alley venue in Tafuna, Riley Tuala and Sui Palauni believe they still have to step up their preparations before heading to Samoa next month.
 



Beach Handball has arrived — fast paced and fun!

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First, there was Handball, an exciting game introduced into the Territory last year.  According to proponents, it has taken off, and gained in popularity since its introduction—with the support of DOE and physical education departments across the island.
 
And now there is a new sport hot on its heels, and the promoters hope it gains traction here as well– that is Beach Handball. But — what in the world is Beach Handball?
 



NEW ZEALAND CHALLENGES AMERICAN SAMOA TO AM FOOTBALL GAME

American Samoa needs two teams – Under 19 and Over 19
tony@samoanews.com

Put your money where your mouth is— that is what NZAFF representatives emphasized to Samoa News, during a meeting with the group last week, where New Zealand has challenged American Samoa to a game of American style football — with everything coordinated under current NCAA Regulations.
 
This is the chance of a lifetime for all you graduates who are still on island, to brush up on those skills and bring them back to the field to represent American Samoa for this opportunity, to expand not only in Tutuila, but the Pacific
 



Tuilaepa labels Sevens side 'eyesore' and 'lazy'

The Samoan Prime Minister has lashed out the country's Sevens players labeling them "lazy" and an "eyesore".

Samoa currently find themselves tenth in the World Rugby Sevens Series rankings and the outspoken Tuilaepa Sa'ilele used a local tournament to vent his fury at the form of the national side.



Leone's Falaniko has committed to USC

After landing an offer from his dream school on Friday, it didn't take long for Pago Pago (America Samoa) Leone linebacker Juliano Falaniko to make his decision and commit to the USC Trojans.

After landing a pair of linebacker commits in the 2018 class earlier in the month, USC continued their run on 'backers and picked up a commitment from Juliano Falaniko Friday night.

"USC is my dream school, it's where I've always wanted to go," Falaniko said. "Even my parents wanted me to go to USC. It's an incredible school and I believe the tradition will never die there.



A.S. BOXERS AGAIN WIN GOV’S CUP IN FLAG DAY TOURNEY + BONUS VIDEOS

Plus more videos and photos of other Flag Day events
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The 2016 Flag Day International Boxing Championship between the two Samoas last Friday night ended on a high note for the American Samoa boxing team when they again won the Governor’s Cup with four wins against the Samoa team, who took three wins. American Samoa also won the Flag Day boxing tournament last year with five wins against Samoa’s two.

 

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Samoa’s rising star boxer — ready for the Olympics

“With God’s guidance” say Matagi and his father
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Samoa’s rising star, Petelo Matagi was favored by many fans and friends last week to win their battle against our local boxer, Paofe Se’eti, and he did not disappoint — showing not only his skills as a boxer, but how far he has come in his preparations for the Rio Olympics this year.

 

Petelo has already qualified for the Rio Olympics in the 81kg category, and Samoa News was able to interview him after his fight last week, about preparations for his Rio trip in few months.

 



Vaiala Maroons rugby team win the 2016 ASRU Flag Day International 7s tournament

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Vaiala Maroons rugby team from the village of Vaiala in Samoa is now the new champion for the 2016 American Samoa Rugby Union Flag Day International 7s tournament, after they defeated the mighty team from the village of Vaiala, the Vaiala BBE rugby team in the final match last Friday, with the score of 14-7.

 

Both teams were undefeated from the two day tournament, after showing their skills and experience, winning their pool games and also the play-off matches to reach the final.



FAUTASI COMMITTEE DRAWS THE LINE IN THE WATER —THE FINAL SIX ARE CHOSEN

Five fautasi disqualified
tony@samoanews.com

After being postponed for four days straight due to nearly a week of terrible weather, including a run on Friday that was deemed “not a race”, this year’s 2016 Flag Day Fautasi qualifying heats finally went down Saturday morning. While, not perfect, one of the heats was ‘re-raced’, the decisions by the Fautasi Committee however were delivered firmly and its members, who include co-chair Lt. Gov. Lemanu P. Mauga and co-chair Secretary of Samoan Affairs Mauga Tasi Asuega, drew the line in the water when they stood by their decisions, and made no changes.

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