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Weightlifting coach picks final team to represent AS in Oceania Championships

“If they believe in themselves and think positive — they can win gold”
ausage@samoanews.com

After their fourth and final test to prepare a team to represent American Samoa at the 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championships, which is also the last Olympic qualifying tournament, the head coach and trainer for the American Samoa Weightlifting Association (ASWA), Tomane Alo Fa’agu announced his best team to take up the challenge this week, reducing the number from eight to six local lifters.

 



MANAEA BRINGS SAMOAN ATTITUDE FROM GRIDIRON TO DIAMOND

He is a byproduct of American Samoa — a small island territory known as a hotbed of elite-level football talent.

However, it wasn’t NFL Hall-of-Famer Junior Seau who paved the way for Sean Manaea. It wasn’t Troy Polamalu or even up-and-coming star Marcus Mariota. Manaea, instead, found his way to baseball becoming one of only a handful of players of Samoan descent to wear a Major League Baseball uniform



Visiting Handball coach has high hopes for new sport in the territory

Sees Olympics in Pacific islands' future
ausage@samoanews.com

Introducing the sport of handball into the schools and villages of American Samoa, with the hope of making it one of the most played sports on island— and one of the top sports in Oceania — was the purpose of a workshop that was conducted last week at the Veterans Stadium in Tafuna.

 

Traveling around the Pacific to conduct such workshops and trainings for Handball, is Boris Mensing, who is the Australia Women’s Handball Team Head Coach. Samoa News was able to speak with him while he was here.

 



American Samoa introduced to the sport of Fencing

tony@samoanews.com

Get your sabers out, American Samoa there’s a new sport on island, and it’s trying to expand to reach the youth of the territory. Fencing has been brought to our shores for the first time thanks to the Regional Development Officer for the Oceania Fencing Federation, Leon Thomas, who hosted Fencing clinics last week at the DYWA gymnasium in Pago Pago.
 



Dolphins lift HS Boys Soccer championship trophy

The South Pacific Academy Dolphins are champions in a comeback win of a thrilling, 3- 2 finish against the Samoana Sharks in the championship game of the ASHSAA boys’ 2015-2016 soccer season.
 
Tuva Tubui of SPA had played like an MVP all year long and during the title match on April 26, 2016 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium, he performed like one as he provided the spark while coming off the bench in the second half with his team down 2-1.
 



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
ausage@samoanews.com

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!

terihunkin@samoanews.com

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.



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