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There is still plenty of sporting action taking place here on the rock. In the sport of girls softball, the Cougars remain Queen of the Hill, as high school boys basketball is heading into the playoffs, while the American Youth Football Samoa (AYFS) is heading into its championship finals.
 
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FFAS holds Girls Festival

More than 50 high school age girls attended a festival hosted by Football Federation American Samoa on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015.
 
“It was a great festival for the girls and they thoroughly enjoyed it,” stated FFAS vice-president, and Head of Women’s Soccer Committee, Sandra Fruean. “Sports will draw a lot of boys and this festival aims at doing just that for the girls, drawing them into our sport.”
 



AUSSIE RUGBY STAR JOINS NFL'S SF 49ERS ON A FUTURES CONTRACT

Jarryd Hayne has 20 weeks to prove he has what it takes to make it in the NFL after picking up a rookie contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

The Detroit Lions and San Diego Chargers had also shown interest in the Hayne, but as predicted by Fairfax Media on Tuesday morning, the 49ers were the only franchise to offer him a contract guarantee of US$100,000 ($128,000).

The 27-year-old made the announcement at a press conference in the Sydney CBD on Tuesday, five months after he quit the NRL to purse his dream of playing in the NFL.

"It feels surreal," a noticeably bigger Hayne said.



NFL STARS VISIT SAMOA

National Football League stars, Paul Soliai, Isaako Aaitui, Olivier Vernon, Koa Misi and Samson Satele are returning to Samoa.

They will be in the country as part of the second Tour to Samoa where they will conduct school visits and run football clinics at selected schools.

They will also speak with school communities about what they did to get to where they are today.

The tour was announced on Friday by the U.S. Embassy, which is again partnering with the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, to host the tour.



World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup tests announced for U.S.

USA Rugby media release

BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby announced last week the dates and locations for the two World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup double-header match days to be held in the United States in 2015.

Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif., and Bonney Field in Sacramento will host four matches of the Pacific Nations Cup – a World Rugby tournament designed to expose Pacific Rim teams and players to a greater number of international test matches – featuring Canada, Fiji, Japan, Samoa, and USA July 18 and July 24, 2015.



PM blasts Sevens at Vailima Marist opening

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has used the official opening of the Vailima Marist Sevens to rally the Samoan rugby community to rise up.

He challenged the players, coaches, clubs and referees yesterday when he spoke as the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U) before hundreds of players taking part in the three-day tournament, starting today.



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2015 Pacific Games Updates
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Training continues for the American Samoa athletes who will be competing in the upcoming 2015 Pacific Games that will be taking place this summer in Papua New Guinea from July 4-18.
 
Every Wednesday, starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, some of the athletes will be doing group training that will involve cardio workouts such as running on the track and up into the stadium. This is the time when the public can come out and meet these athletes. Today will be their next group training session starting at 5:00 p.m.
 



HEAD OF ASAA ADVOCATES YEAR-ROUND PROGRAM FOR WATER SAFETY

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Long time water safety advocate Zero Iaulualo, who has been teaching open water safety, water survival, water rescue and swimming for a number of years in the territory is still going at it, but he says he's taught fewer numbers of people in the past couple of years.
 



Famous 7s referee arrives in Apia for Vailima Marist Sevens

One of the best referees on the World Rugby Sevens Series is in Apia.

Fhatuwani Rasivhengi, better known as ‘Rasta,’ arrived during the weekend for the Vailima Marist Sevens, starting on Thursday.

Speaking to the Samoa Observer, Rasta says coming to Samoa is a privilege.

“I feel privileged and humbled to grab the opportunity and embrace it,” he said.

“ I want to thank the organisers of the Vailima Marist Sevens for the invitation to come to Samoa and be part of this well-known tournament.

I’m looking forward to work with some of the coaches and referees during the tournament.”



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The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) continues to roll during this 2014-2015 ASHSAA Sports year with exciting sports action.
 
GIRLS SOFTBALL
 
The defending girls softball champion Fa’asao Marist Cougars will be heading back to the championship finals. Last Saturday February 21 at the Tony Solaita Field, the #1 seeded Cougars faced off against the #4 seeded Leone Lions in the playoffs to see who would advance to the finals.
 



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