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President’s Cup group stage ends

The President’s Cup group stage is at an end with the top three teams from three pools heading to the playoffs.
 
Utulei Youth, Lion Heart and Ilaoa & To’omata came out of their pools as the No. 1 teams with a draw held at the end of the competition on Saturday, November 22, 2014 to determine the next stage of playoffs.
 
In that draw, Lion Heart drew the No. 1 seed while Utulei Youth and Ilaoa & To’omata drew the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds.
 



MANULELE TAUSALA I & FEALOFANI SAMOA III MAKE UP THE 5 FAUTASI FINAL HEAT

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This year, the Department of Commerce is coordinating their third annual DOC Ocean Challenge Fautasi Race to promote the cleaning of our local beaches through the help of village aumaga — with the sport of fautasi racing. The monetary awards the participants will receive are focused on funding to help clean up their village streams and coastal areas.
 



“Toa o le Vasa” Vikings are ASHSAA Champs

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The 4-time Undefeated Champion Tafuna Warriors surely didn’t expect their season to conclude the way it did this past Saturday morning, as they faced the big red machine from the eastern side for the championship title of the 2014-15 American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Football season.

 

Coverage of ASHSAA High School Football is brought to you by POWERADE – proudly distributed by GHC Reid, Your Family of Fine Beverages in Tafuna, “Oloa o Leala”.

 



Semi-finals set for Private Elementary Schools league

The semi-finals are set for the 2014 version of the Private Elementary Schools Soccer League in all divisions.

 

In the upper age group (Grades 6-8), the first round of the a top-6 playoff format was held on Thursday with the winners advancing to the semi-finals scheduled for Monday, November 24.

 

In the younger age division (Grades 3-5), the regular season ended last Thursday with the semi-finals set for Nov. 24.

 

BOYS GRADES 6-8

 



Faga'itua's “Pooch” Taase: “You are champions”

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Faga’itua High School’s Head Football Coach and Vice Principal Suaese “Pooch” Taase told his victorious Vikings that their win over the Tafuna High School Warriors was a “miracle” (vavega).
 



Boxing coaches continue training sessions

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The American Samoa Boxing Federation club’s coaching staff continued to help the boxers to keep up their speed, stamina and strategies even during the times between tournaments.
 
Coach Sanele Etuale of Faleniu, keeps the boxer trainees updated in sparring, running and technique. “If we stopped training the boxers, they would not be ready to box at the end of the year, in the tournament between the two Samoas,” he said.
 



England 28 - Samoa 9: Captain Chris Robshaw heaps praise on battling visitors

CHRIS ROBSHAW paid tribute to Samoa after his side clinched their first victory of the autumn, 28-9 at Twickenham.

The Samoa players had previously threatened to strike and miss the Test because of problems with the Samoan Rugby Union, before World Rugby (formerly the International Rugby Board) and the International Rugby Players' Association intervened to make sure it went ahead.



Big plans afoot at ASNOC include developing a sports facility

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The American Samoa National Olympic Committee (ASNOC) is working on several projects that ASNOC president J. Victor Langkilde says will produce improvements in areas that were addressed during last month’s visit by two officials from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
 



ENGLAND VS SAMOA: WHY THE WORLD SHOULD REPAY DEBT TO PACIFIC ISLES

Financial problems and talent drain have led to claims of exploitation

The debt that rugby owes to the Pacific Islands is enormous. A fifth of players at the last World Cup were either born or descended from Samoa, Fiji and Tonga, whose combined population is little over a million – roughly the equivalent of Birmingham. It is a debt that remains shamefully unpaid.

“We have been completely and purposefully exploited by this game, which is supposed to preach fairness and fair play,” said Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, the former Samoa centre who is also a qualified solicitor. “This game is an instrument of fraud.”



Samoa will be represented in Super 8 Tourney tonight in NZ

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Tonight (Saturday NZ time), undefeated Samoan prospect Vaitele Soi will take part in Sky Arena's Cruiserweight Super 8 Last Man Standing Tournament set to be held at the North Shore Event Centre.
 
This will be Soi's first time in the ring in ten months, but he has solid experience in the format, winning a similar 8-man knockout tournament in New Zealand three years ago. Soi is the only fighter representing Samoa in the 8-man elimination tournament: 3 fights, one night, one champion.
 



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