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Utulei holds off Lion Heart 2-1 in thriller

Utulei Youth held off Lion Heart 2-1 in a thrilling match that had a double significance — the top of the leaderboard on the last day of the first round-robin and for the men’s Division 1, FFAS National Cup.
 
In the only other game of the division, FC SKBC won by forfeit over Vaiala Tongan A as the latter did not show up for their match.
 
Utulei is now the leader of men’s Division 1, National League standings as well as holders of the FFAS National Cup after the conclusion of last week’s match.
 



DYWA LENDS A HAND TO NU'UULI VOC-TECH FOOTBALL PROGRAM

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It was "Christmas in September" this past Wednesday, Sept. 10, when the Department of Youth & Women's Affair's, director Jonathan Fanene presented to the Nu'uuli Vocational Technical High School athletic department football shoulder pads and 20 helmets for its football team.
 
Principal, Tupa'i Roderick Atafua, who is also the head coach of the school's football program, accepted the generous donation expressing his great appreciation to Fanene and DYWA for answering their plea to help the sports program in NVTHS.
 



Videos: ASHSAA Football Week No. 2 concludes on high note

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In American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) week 2 of action, last Saturday, the Warriors faced the Lions for the first time this season, and sent them home scoreless, while the Wildcats opened up their first game of the season against the Sharks and were almost shut out by Samoana in a blow out game.

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Bluesky presents Rugby Union's 15-a-side prizes

The award presentations for the American Samoa Rugby Union 15-a-side tournament was held yesterday at a luncheon provided by the ASRU at the Jades Restaurant in Nu'uuli. Bluesky, the Major Sponsor for this year’s tournament presented the top 3 teams with monetary prizes:
 
1st place/ Shield Holder Lalomalava $2,000.00,
 
2nd place the Leone Rugby Club $1,500.00, and
 
3rd place Laulii Rugby Club $1,000.
 



Leone Whites pull off spectacular win in Samoa

Leone Whites narrowly defeated the A'ana Rugby Union Representative Side 15-14 in a spectacular show of skills, guts and stamina.
 
The visiting Leone Whites had originally planned to compete in this year's King of Rugby Tournament hosted by the Apia Rugby Club, a fixture of the annual Teuila Festival. However, they were notified at the last minute that the tourney had been postponed, so they decided to go ahead with their planned trip.
 



June Jones resigns as SMU coach

"Personal issues" were cited for June Jones' abrupt resignation as Southern Methodist University's football coach today.

The Mustangs are 0-2, having been blanked by Baylor, 45-0, in their opener and losing to North Texas, 43-6, Saturday.

Jones was Hawaii's winningest coach going 76-41 in nine seasons (1999-2007) at Manoa.

But in seven years rebuilding SMU Jones was 36-43. He led the Mustangs to their first bowl in 25 years in 2009 and three more after that but went 5-7 last year.



Skin Diving, another water safety class by ASAA

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Tanu Peleti and Stephanie Floor proudly hold up their Skin Diving certificates and cards which they received last Saturday after completing a two-day Skin Diving course taught by the American Samoa Aquatics Agency (ASAA) at Gataivai Beach.
 
The pair, along with seven members of the ASAA, earned their certificates by learning how to clear the dive mask underwater, snorkel blast and snorkel displacement, putting on fins (full body and straps), diving posture (pike dive), arm posture, body posture and equipment recognition, along with water safety.
 



Lion Heart, Utulei 1 & 2 in standings, face off Saturday

 Lion Heart and Utulei Youth are No. 1 and 2 in the Division 1 standings of the 2014 FFAS National League and are set to face off this coming Saturday in the final Match Day of the first round-robin.
 
Lion Heart is coming off of a huge, 3-2 win over 2013 champions FC SKBC while Utulei Youth retained their Division 1, FFAS National Cup in a 3-1 win over PanSa.
 
Lion Heart is one goal ahead of Utulei Youth in the goals differential (6-5) tiebreaker as both teams have similar records of 3-0.
 



ASTCA begins free after-school program

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If there are parents out there looking for a fun and healthy after-school program for their child, the American Samoa Tennis Association (ASTA) has begun their free after-school program this past Tuesday at the tennis courts next to Lions Park.
 



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