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Talavalu heads into round 3 after loss to PNG

ausage@samoanews.com

While the Federation Oceania Rugby Cup championship is heading to the third and last round of the tournament, the Talavalu’s hope to win the 2015 Oceania Cup in Papua Niu Guinea for the first time is now over, as they were defeated by the mighty Pukpuks side from PNG, in a tough match yesterday afternoon with a score of 36-22, to end the second round of the championship.

 



Am Samoa Basketball Assoc. holds Coach and Sports Officials workshop

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The American Samoa Basketball Association (ASBA) is doing its best to prepare all of their sports officials and coaches for the upcoming Moso’oi Tournament, to be held at the end of October.
 
Ending last Friday, a three-day training workshop was held at the American Samoa National Olympics Committee (ASNOC) conference room by sports officials from the ASBA, which included Allen Fuimaono and Paul Puaauli Amituana’i.
 



Tanoa is part of the 3 boxers competing in the 2015 Oceania Championship

Wins will get a slot in the 2016 Olympics
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“Winning a chance to compete in the 2016 Olympics” was the only thing on the mind of all three local boxers, when Samoa News asked them about their preparations, before leaving yesterday to compete at the 2015 Oceania Championship in Canberra, Australia.
 



Magalasin earns two first finishes at tennis tourney

Pac Oceania tennis junior championship
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The International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pacific Oceania Junior Championship (POJC) concluded this week in Lautoka, Fiji with some of the best junior tennis players competing from  from the Eastern Pacific, Western Pacific and Northern Pacific Regions. American Samoa had eight players on the Eastern Pacific team.
 
One American Samoa player, Larry Magalasin, earned a first place finish in the Boys 16 and Under Singles Division and first overall in the Boys Doubles 16 and Under Division along with partner Harley Cronin of Samoa.
 



DOE's Athletic Director highlights rules & regs

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As the American Samoa High School Athletic Association’s 2015 Football Season nears opening day, its director, Tumua Matu'u, in an interview with Samoa News, highlighted ASHSAA’s rules and regulations concerning any unsportsmanlike conduct from a player, team, coach, or spectator, as well as discussing players’ eligibility rules

 

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Governor tells sports associations to “stop back-stabbing each other”

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“Stop back stabbing each other, but work together to develop sports for our youth,” was the strong message from Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga to all sports associations in the territory, during his special remarks at the Recognition Ceremony for local athletes, held at the Su’iga’ula a le Atuvasa- Utulei Beach, last Friday.
 



National Team gears up for FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Four years ago, American Samoa Men’s National soccer players could not hold back their tears in a final team huddle in Samoa during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualifiers.
 
They had just lost 1-0 on a stoppage time goal in the Oceania Football Confederation’s Stage 1 qualification tournament involving Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands and American Samoa.
 



ATHLETES HONORED DURING SPECIAL RECOGNITION CEREMONY LAST FRIDAY

“We must support our youth, for they are our future”
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Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga is urging all the sports associations, parents and everyone to show their support for our youth, allowing them to develop their skills and knowledge in sports, because they are the future of the country.
 



St. Louis Crusaders open their season defeating Fagaitua 55-6

all photos: Barry Markowitz


Tennis championship continues as Am. Samoa team struggles for each win

jeff@samoanews.com

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pacific Oceania Junior Championship (POJC) continues this week with Team East Pacific made up of Junior Tennis players from Tahiti, Samoa and American Samoa, going against junior players representing the Western and Northern Pacific Regions, taking place in Lautoka, Fiji.

The Eastern Pacific Team includes eight American Samoa players with the POJC, which takes place up until this Monday, August 24, Fiji time.



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