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Photos and Video: The Manulele Tausala l dances gracefully on glassy water

Kapiteni Manutafea Saleauau Tanielu Taufete’e and his fit, young, bravehearts made their Manulele Tausala l performed a taualuga, the last waltz on smooth water, and the Nu’uuli tapua’iga, supporters around the world and in the territory danced to their tune.
 
The Nu’uuli manu flew, and jazzed over glassy waters from the start to finish.  Skipper Manutafea was there, controlling the beat and pace along with his Nu’uuli oarsmen, 45 strong young men. They graced the magnificent conditions of the racecourse from five miles out to a near photo finish classic to the end.
 
With one last push, one last breath, and final long winning strokes, the Nu’uuli Manulele Tausala l edged the Pago Pago Aeto to win the 2014 Flag Day faigamea ile tai by a foot or two.
 
“Ole ‘ula legei o faigamea (this is the crown of victory).  But it is not something to be proud of or brag about.  Yes we have won the race, yet the most important thing to me is the camaraderie, the sportsmanship established among the competing crews and their captains.  I thank God for His protection during the race.  Everyone is safe,” the solemn captain commented.
 
It was one of the most competitive races held on the most ideal of situations. The sea was almost flat. The fantastic weather was ready made for the Aeto. It was calm, smooth and level. 
 
The Pago high tech fautasi lived up to its reputation as Va’amua began to make his move from six to seven fautasi length behind the Manulele Tausala l.
 
It was a battle between the technologically advanced Aeto, and the close to 30-year old Manulele Tausala l standard fiberglass fautasi. The difference was in the mind, the raw power, heart of a champion, and the experience of the kapiteni.
 
The Aeto was gaining, and sprinting fast as it tried to catch up with the Manulele Tausala l and the Paepae O Ulupo’o that were leading the race. Skipper Va’amua Henry Sesepasara was way behind. Manutafea and his Manulele Tausala were way in front. The Aeto’s superior design had an advantage over the Manulele Tausala l and the new Paepae O Ulupo’o. 
 
Captain Va’amua knew the power of his Aeto and believed he had a chance to overtake the two leading fautasi.
 
The Aeto was the fastest boat in the race. There was no doubt about it.  ut Va’amua did not have a good jump out of the starting blocks. By the time he got his Aeto rolling, Manutafea and his Manulele Tausala l were at a safe distance.
 
Va’amua knew the conditions of his crew and fautasi. They could make up loss time in a matter of minutes. That was what they did. The Aeto was flying from behind and soon Va’amua over took kapiteni Paopao Ailua Fiaui and his Aua Paepae O Ulupo’o at the main dock in Fagatogo. 
 
Va’amua then zeroed in on his #1 target, the leading Manulele Tausala l. He locked in on Manutafea’s fautasi as both kapiteni barked their orders to their auva’a for the final push to the finish line.
 
But as the Aeto sharpened its claws and dove in for the kill, Manutafea’s manu began its gracious siva, the taualuga (last dance). 
 
Both were birds that could fly fast and high. The Aeto is the ultimate bird of prey. The Manulele Tausala is a bird of beauty and grace. 
 
“This was what I wanted all along,” Manutafea told this correspondent after the faigamea ile tai. “Two birds fighting it out for the champion.”
 
About 300 meters to the tigi, the Manulele Tausala l foemua, Lavata’i warned his captain, “le Aeko lega ua sosolo age (the Aeto is gliding by)”, according to Manutafea. 
 
The Nu’uuli captain had his back to the fast approaching Aeto.  He explained that some of his auva’a yelled for him to give the order for the sprinting strokes to take their boat away from the danger posed by the imposing Aeto. But he said he knew that it was not yet time to signal for the last fast strokes.
 
He shouted back, “Don’t worry, there’s plenty of time and space to cover.”
 
Manutafea said he did not have any worries what so ever when Va’amua and the Pago Aeto caught up with them. “I believed in the strength of our auva’a.I just hoped that they were patient enough, listened to my orders, and not panicked. We were doing fine with our long strokes and I wanted to conserve the crew’s last energy for the final push.”
 
Va’amua actually surged ahead by a couple of seats when he called on his auva’a to take the Aeto home with his final rapid strokes. But with about 100 meters to go to the finish line, Manutafea demanded what his auva’a had asked for.  They responded with a concerted heave that took the Manulele Tausala l just ahead of the Aeto to cross the mua line in exhaustive fashion.
 
In his cool, clear and friendly manner, the Nu’uuli captain Manutafea congratulated Va’amua, his crew and the village of Pago Pago for their efforts. “You fought a good race, and I congratulate you.”
 
Then he addressed his village of Nu’uuli and the tapua’iga.
 
“To our Nu’uuli traditional leaders, church ministers, families, friends and businesses, on behalf of my crew and afioga Solia’i and his auva’a (Senator Solia’i Tuipine captained the Manulele Tausala ll), I thank you so much for your tapua’iga, support, and prayers.  We have won this year’s tu’uga va’a through your prayers and support. Your young auva’a trained hard and long for over two months to bring you the mua. We thank God for his blessing.
 
“To all the villages, their tapuaiga, kapiteni and crews, we thank you for a very competitive race.  Malo le figau.  It is not the victory but the friendship that we have fostered through faigamea ile tai.  Thank you”, the victorious captain of the Manulele Tausala l from the village of Nu’uuli concluded.
 
Paepae O Ulupo’o slid into 3rd place, last year’s winner, Fua’o came in 4th, Fetu ole Afiafi finished in 5th place while the Manulele Tausala ll arrived at the tigi in 6th place. The Fealofani ll secured 7th place, the Fa’asaulala approached the finish line in 8th position while the Ise’ula came in last.
 
It was a fair race for at least seven of the fautasi, Manulele Tausala l/ll, Paepae O Ulupo’o, Fealofani Samoa ll, Fa’asaulala, Aeto and Fua’o. When the Tatoso tugboat blared its horn to start the tu’uga va’a, they were behind the buoys that marked their lanes. The Matasaua, Fetu ole Afiafi, and Ise’ula were in front of their lanes when the race started. 
 
Samoa News Sports reporter Tony Gasu interviewed Va’amua of the Aeto fautasi from Pago Pago who finished second.  He also caught up with Paopao Ailua Fiaui, captain of the Paepae O Ulupo’o.  The Aua village fautasi took third place.
 
Va’amua Sesepasara
 
“First of all, I want to thank God, for giving us this perfect day to have our fa’agatama i le tai, it was such a beautiful day. As to the race, there were 10 fautasi, the Fuao and Aeto were close to the airport side of the starting point, so it was hard for both of us to see the other boats who were far away on the eastern side of the starting point, so we couldn’t tell how their alignments as to the beginning of the race.”
 
He added, “we had a great start on our side as to the four boats who were on our side, as the race went on, I could tell that all the boats on our side of the starting point close to the western side of the island, were falling back as the competitor on the eastern point were gaining forward very fast, but the race was spectacular from the start.”
 
Va’amua explained his experience as they were trying to make their way to the front, “we were trying our best to try and catch up to the other fautasi’s who were already ahead of us, I believe that my crew is unbelievably strong, and I have a lot of faith in them that they can do anything and can catch all the fautasi’s that were way ahead of us. When the race reached Breakers Point, I could see that Aua and Nu’uuli were way ahead of us by two fautasi lengths.”
 
He added, “I had faith in my crew that they had the strength to catch up to them, and as we reached the point behind the Rainmaker Hotel, I knew that we were already to the point of gliding pass the two fautasi’s that were ahead of us, but as the gap between the red buoy and the reef at the turning point was so small, I knew that all three of us couldn’t fit in there, so I made a choice because our boat was very close to the buoy.
 
He added, “I had to make a decision to changed my course, because I knew it would be a disaster for all three boats if I tried to fit in that sharp turn as well, so I slowed our boat down and took the wider turn to make the straight away to the finish line, which had to be behind Aua and Nu’uuli again. My choice gave Nu’uuli and Aua the opportunity and chance to be ahead of us again. When all three boats were making the straight sprint to the finish line, Nu’uuli and Aua were ahead of us by one and a half of a fautasi length.
 
Va’amua mentioned that he never lost faith in his crew, and pushed on, “so we had to chase them back all over again, and again we caught them as we were passing the market area. After passing up the Paepaeulupo’o, we had quite the competition against Nu’uuli’s Sa No.1. Getting closer to the finish line, I was a bit disappointed because there were no markers at the finish line, to notify us as to where the finish line was. So when we reached the usual finish point from the past, we still didn’t know as to weather we finished or not, until we heard the gun shot from the shore line going off, I guess it was to notify us the we’ve reached the finish line.”
 
He added, “coming on shore after the race, I am hearing rumors all around saying that the Aeto won, and some rumors saying that Nu’uuli won, and then rumors saying that it was a tie. So that was one of the errors that we had in this years race, was there were no markers or flags like every year, to notify each crews as to where the finish line was. But overall, the race this year was good, all the participating fautasi’s did well today.”
 
Fiaui of Aua
 
“As long as American Samoa was pleased with the race, I am pleased as well. All the fautasi’s who participated today were in this race to win, and that was our goal for this race as well, to “mua” or win. I know we were the ones who broke out in front, but it didn’t go according to what we practiced, but I am glad we all did our best for Tutuila and Manu’a’s special day (Flag Day).”
 
He mentioned that he tried his best and his auva’a gave it their all, “my encouragements to my crew was, for them to remember our village of Aua, their prayers, their thoughts, their support was the encouragement that pushed our Sa in todays race. That was the encouragement that my grandfather passed onto me when I was young, and now I want to pass it onto my auva’a”.
 
Fiaui’s grandfather, Paopao Ailua Petelo has a famous saying in the village of Aua “Ia sulu la’ia o lau taufale i luga o le pou, ‘ae aumai ga’o lou fatu”. He mentioned, “and that was what we did today, we gave it everything we had, and came back to our village with no regrets knowing we left our best out there today.”
 
Fiaui told Samoa News this is only the beginning, “there are a lot of young Aua youth members who weren’t able to take a seat in today’s competition, the young youth who are in high school and in college, and we also have a lot of veteran rowers who are most likely to retire from rowing. So we don’t have a problem with crew members as to the upcoming races in the future, this is just the beginning.”
 
He concluded, “first of all I want to thank the fautasi committee of coordinated this years race, secondly, I want to thank our village of Aua, le nofo i fa’afeagaia, fata faitaulaga e fia i totonu o le matou nu’u, ae mai se fo’i alo ma fanau o le nu’u nei o lo’o ala'ala mai nu’u mamao. E le pine le lafo mai o alofa’aga ma nofo tatalo mai i le taumafaiga a le nu’u. Ia alofa le Atua fa’amanuia atu uma lava i fans a le Paepaeulupo’o, fa’afetai.”
 
Coors Light, the major sponsor of the 2014 American Samoa Flag Day Fautasi Race is distributed exclusively by GHC Reid & Co., Ltd. 'Oloa O Leala', your family of Fine Beverages.  Today, Coors Light congratulates the Manulele Tausala l from the village of Nu’uuli for winning the 2014 Flag Day Faigamea ile tai. 
 
Coors Light also acknowledges the participation of nine other fautasi.  They were: Fua’o (Vatia), Paepae O Ulupo’o (Aua), Aeto (Pago Pago), Fealofani Samoa (Fagasa), Iseula (Fagatogo), Fetu Ole Afiafi (Faga’alu), Manulele Tausala II (Nu’uuli), Fa’asaulala (Vailoa), Matasaua (Manu’a). 
 
Other GHC Reid companies that brought you Samoa News Sports coverage of the fautasi faigamea ile tai are: GHC Reid, Samoa Motors, NAPA Samoa, and SLC Manufacturing (Vaimalu). 
 
Samoa News Sports would like to thank Olivia C. Reid-Gillet captain, Peter Jr. Reid and Arthur Young for the use of their boat, Sau Ia for our fautasi race coverage.

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Photos and Slideshow: Tala i Kirikiti

Siamupini Teine o le Fa'asaulala i le Liki Kirikiti
 
Ua siamupini nei le 'au a Teine Faasaulala i le aso Toanai ina ua malo i Teine I'a Vai i latou suega siamunpini lea na faia i Asotau i Vailoatai, ina ua uma le taaloga i le va o le Lupelele ma le Asaga e su'e ai le tulaga tolu ma le fa.
 
Ua outou sii nei le afioaga ma tuu i luga o le mauga le nofoaga sa i ai Asomua i lena aso, ua outou ta'a'alo ma le loto e tasi, ma le fatu e tasi ma le agaga e tasi lea ua sapi ai nei le tapuaiga a le afioaga ae tainane le 'au faigaluega a le Atua.
 
Ua outou tau ma outou 'ae malo le faiva i le fa'atamasoaali'iga, po'o a ni mea e maua i le tou faiva, a lea ua maua nei e malumalo e fa'aali i le tou taalo faatausala i lena aso, le tapuaiga a le afioaga na latou tapuaia lo outou alo faiva.
 
Le alalafaga e afio ai lau afioaga Satele o le alo o Salamasina, afio mai alo o Fanene ia Tuatagaloa ma Te'o, susu mai le sa'o o Tuiasina ma le aiga sa Tuiasina. Alalatai mai lau tofa Maiavatele, ma le fofoga o le Avalopa. Mamalu mai le aiga Faletolu ma Falealili.
 
Lea ua o atu tou alo ma fanau ua 'ae malo le faatamasoalii ua tau le 'ai a le afioaga ma le alalafaga, ua siamupini le tou 'au a tamaita'i, ia fa'amalo i le tapuaiga le leoa ma le tu'i mai o le mulipapaga ua 'ae ai ma le manuia faiva a alo ma fanau i le aso Toanai. Malo le amio pulea ua outou faia, ua mafai ua toe teu ma ua matua teu, ua outou sii le afioaga i luga o le ma'a salalafa, malo le tausinio.
 
E fa'apena foi le afioaga o Atiulagi ma Itu'au le mea e maliu mai ai le Teine o le I'a Vai, le mea e afifio ai Malu o le Fale o Malota ma Ulutu, susu ai i laua Tama Matua, Alapalelei, Tuiagamoa, Tuilefano, Tuitasi ma Tuiolemotu ma le to'afa o le alataua, ma le mamalu i le aiga Aitulagi. Faliu le vai o Sina i le isi itu o le afioaga, o le mea e Afio ai foi le Falefia o alii ia Amituanai, susu ai le launatausala, le afioaga a Toilolo, susu ai le matua o Taulapapa, susu mai le Tuileata ae puipui malu e le fetalaiga i Tauto'oto'o ia Talia'aueafe ma Nanai o paia lena o le faleituau.
 
Ua tele lava nai mea na e faaletonu i le tausaga atoa lava nei, o le talituaa, o le sapo, o le ta (e laiti lava nai teine e lelei o latou ta, a'o le to'atele e tatau ona taumafai mai le ta.)
 
Ae na outou faamoemoe lava i te'a a le tou 'au faate'a, na outou se'e mai lava e le lelei o outou faate'a i le amataga o le liki lenei lava ua outou oo ai i le su'ega siamupini.
 
Taumafai mo le tausaga fou, e oo atu i ai ua tele ina lelei mai ta o teine laiti na e vaaia le alualu i luma o latou ta, ma 'aua le fiu gofie, e le'i fauina Roma i se aso se tasi. Malo le ta'a'alo, malo le ta'alo faatausala malo le ta'alo fa'atamalii, o le fai soo lava e maua ai le mea lelei ma le aoga i isi tausaga o lumana'i.
 
Na faapena foi le su'ega o le tulaga tolu ma fa, na vaaia ai teine faate'a a le Asaga i le matagofie o le la tulai mai i lea aso o ia teineiti, e pei a o le mea lea na vaaia i lena aso, o le talitua'a ma faate'a laiti nei a le Asaga. Ua avea le umi tele o le liki a tamaita'i ma mea ua maua ai tou faate'a lelei, o Agape ma Aleluia.
 
Na faaali le faasea o le kapeteni a le Lupelele, na sau fai mai i le komiti, "Lea ua mautinoa lava le malo o le Asaga, ae o le a le mea na tuu mai ai 'au ou te sasau lau pate, le mea le fetaui lava lenei o le tu atu i luga ae oo mai le te'a a Aunuu ae la e tau tatala ou se'evae…! Ou te ofo lava i le komiti poo le a le mea na taofi atu ai…..fai faalelei tou faaiuga..!!!!!."
 
Faamolemole o le mea muamua (1) ua e tu i luga o le malae kirikiti, e pule lava le faate'a ia i le lana faiga e fai. (2) E le faiga fa'aaloalo le mea nei, o le popolega foi e i ai, te'i ua u lau ta ona fiu lea e tape oe. (3) E sese lea mea na e tago ai e tatala ou se'evae, o le a le mea na le tatala ai i fafo, ona e alu lea i luga o le malae. (E sa'o pe sese ?…. ia aua le toe amanai'a na mea ae taupule mo lea tausaga.)
 
Ia o aga lava o le taaloga, e mautinoa e silafia e susuga a le tamaitai kapeteni a le Lupelele, ao o le naunau lava i le fia ta na alai ona saunoa mai i le komiti, o nai mea e faanoanoa ai i lena aso.
 
Ia fo'i atu la outou 'au Aunuu ma le tu tolu, ae outou iloa e faigata ona fai i ai se fuafuaga i le lelei lea na i ai le 'au o le Asaga ina ua uma taaloga e fa o le liki, i le sau na sau ai nei, e oo lava i le suega o le tulaga tolu, ua faaali i le aso lena o le tou taaloga.
 
Le tapuaiga a le afioaga, le mea o fa'aafio ai le Lupega o Lutali ma Lemafa. Susu mai le Sa'o o Sagale, susu mai le tama a aiga i le lau afioaga Fonoti. Susu mai Sa'ole o le Maopu, mamalu mai oulua fofoga o le Saole o Taufai ma Fuiava. Faapea Saleaumua ia Tautolo, Lauvao ma Matila, mamalu mai lau tofa Sagatu, o le launatausala ia Saole ma Saleaumua.
 
Malo le taalo faatamalii malo le faatoatoa i luga o taleni ma agava'a, ia faatasi atu le Atua i a outou faiva ma galuega o loo outou feagai ai, ia manuia le fanau o loo gafa ma a'oa'oga.
 
Faapea foi le 'au a le Teine o le Lupelele, e le faigofie la outou taumafaiga i lenei vaitau, faamalo foi i le kapeteni aua le tau atina'eina o le tou 'au, e tele foi i teineiti aoga le tou 'au, malo le finau malo le saili malo.
 
Le tapuiaga mau i lau afioga Letuli, o le Punefa o le motu, o oe foi o le Maopu, susu mai oulou Sa'o ia Lealaimatafao ma Letuligasenoa, susu mai lo ouloa faauluuluga o le meana'i o le Leatualevao. Susu mai le matua Timuiaileala. Susu mai le taauso Leituala ma Tauaimulimuli, mamalu mai upu i le Tagaloa o Sagapolutele ma Funa'iipaogo. Le mamalu lena o le Lupelele.
 
FAASAULALA 97 'ai, 19 pe. VS I'A VAI 75 a'i, 19 pe
 
O le 'au lea a le Faasaulala, o se 'au e leai se mea e faaletonu ai, fai o le lelei o ta, lelei faate'a toe tuu atu foi i le talituaa e sili mamao lava i le latou 'au a tama, o le Limua'a. E leai se alapolo e tutu mai ai teine, toe lelei uma sapo a teine, toe mataalia.
 
E le faamoemoe le isi i le isi, e fai lava le teine latou ia, na tata muama ina maua ane le seleni e tata muamua i latou.
 
O le aso foi lea na u ai le ta a le teine lea o Gail, lea na u foi lona ta i le latou taaloga muamua o le taamilosaga, ae o lea foi ua toe faapena foi i le taaloga o le su'ega siamupini. Na misi loa le se'e e le teine o le I'a Vai, o le faiatuga lena na maua a'e lana pe ua 28 ana 'ai, ma o ia foi ma toe oso mai ai 'ai a le Faasaulala.
 
Na tutu mai ma Leata ina ua 4 pe ae 12 'ai, ae pe mai Gail ua atoa a latou 'ai e 35, e tusa e 23 'ai na maua i le tataga a le toalua lea.
 
Ao le taimi lena i le talituaa a le I'a Vai, ua sasi solo lava i le leaga o mea e tutu mai ai le talituaa, i le vaaiga i ai, a le sau lava se teine tuai a le I'a Vai e sapo le polo, e le maua le pe.
 
A'o isi teineiti fou lea ua fememea'i i le le mautonu poo fea e tutu ai ma talituaa, a ua le tutu i le alapolo, na manaia le te'a a si tamaitai o Taia Pati, tiga le leaga o ona fofoga i le 'pink eye' a ua taumafai lava e te'a le polo i le mea e gata ai lona malosi.
 
Ia o 'ai silia ia a le Faasaulala, o Gail e 28, Vaai 18, Leata 13, Tutaima e 10, o Penina e 8, Kuka 8 ma Tina e 4, ae isi teine e ta'i tasi pe ta'i lua foi o latou 'ai ona pe lea.
 
Ina ua uma na tata le Faasaulala, na maua o latou 'ai e 97, toe tolu lava atoa le selau, ae o le mea e laki ai le latou 'au o le leaga o sapo a le I'a Vai. E tusa ana maua uma sapo, e na o le fa sefulu lima 'ai a le Faasaulala. Na ai silia Terry Custodio lea faatoa kirikiti i le tausaga lenei i le latou 'au kirikiti, ae o le mea lea ua vaaia o le alualu i luma o kirikiti a le 'au fou ia.
 
E i ai Josephine, o Terry, Masela, lea e fesoasoani i teine tuai o le 'au, a'o isi uma teine ua matutua ae o le a faato'a o lea i le malae kirikiti i o latou olaga atoa.
 
Na o Terry lava na 'ai silia e le latou 'au, e 13, soso'o atu i ai ma Rosie e 12, soso'o atu ai ma Mona e 10, Florence e 8, Josephine e 7 ma le toatele na fuamoa uma lava.
 
E le faatusatusalia le 'au a le Faasaulala i le lelei o faate'a i le aso o le su'ega siamupini, e na o le tolu lava faate'a na fa'aaoga mai i le ta'aloga atoa, o Meleane, Fia ma Uini.
 
O Meleane e 6 'olo, Fia e 5 ana 'olo ma Uini, a'o le 'au a le I'a Vai lea na maua e Taia 'olo e fitu, tolu Rosie, fa lea na maua mai i le te'a e Josephine, ae faaletonu te'a tuai pei o Monalisa ma Florence. O le talituaa e tolu lava le polo e pau i le talituaa a le Faasaulala, ae na soso'o mai ai loa pe a Meleane ma Fia.
 
TEINE O LE ASAGA, 64 'ai, 19 pe. VS LUPELELE 31 'ai, 19 pe
 
O le taaloga lea i le suega o le tulaga tolu ma fa a tamaitai, ma vaaia ai le lelei o faate'a a le Asaga, i le fetalia'i o itu olo e lua, a misi mai i le 'olo e sau se ta ua sauni atu le talituaa, e tasi le sapo na le mauaina e le talituaa a le Asaga.
 
Ao le Lupelele, ua le iloa e se isi le mafuaga na faapea ai le latou talituaa, le tele o polo na tatau ona sapoina i lea taaloga, ae le masani ai le leaga o le latou talituaa pei ona sau ai le liki.
 
Na tata muamua le Asaga ina ua manumalo i le peti, na tutu le latou kapeteni o Fatima, o ia foi lea na 'ai silia e 22, pito i ai ma Sela e 10, o Tagilima e 8, Aleluia e 7, o Akape e 4 ma Nonoi e 4 lea na maua ai le 64 i le latou tataga. Na tuli loa e le Lupelele ma o se vaaiga e faanoanoa ai le tapuaiga i fiu e ta te'a a le Akape ma Aleluia.
 
Na fai i le isi taimi na sau Fatima e faamalolo ai le te'a a Aleluia i sina taimi ina ua vaai atu le latou kaepeteni ua tau malo mai le tauau, peita'i ina ua lava le malologa a le faate'a, na toe faaauau foi lana te'a manaia.
 
E uma 'ae lena aso i le taaloga, na maua e Akape 'olo e lima ono Aleluia e 7 ma le tasi lea na mao ai le te'a e Fatima i le 'olo, a'o o le talituaa o le mea 'strong' lava ia, i le tasi a le polo na pau i le tamo'e o le taloto e tau sapo le pa tasi i talane o le malae.
 
A ou togia le talituaa ma le faate'a, e A - le talituaa, B (plus) ia faate'a, ia o lea na manumalo ai i le tulaga tolu e le aso Toanai, a e ia lou mafaufau i le tausaga fou lea, o le 'au lenei o le a fefeu nei i le liki o le isi tausaga lea, e fai o le lelei o le laiti o teineiti ao le mataalia toe vave a latou gaioi i le mea e sau ai le polo i taimi uma lava.
 
A'o le Lupelele, ua ou fiu e tau maitau le mea ua faapea ai le tou taaloga i lea aso, ua iloa le upu o le atunuu e faapea, 'O le aso ma filiga, o le aso ma le mataigatila' e i ai lava aso faapenei, ua tutusa outou ma le I'a Vai i lena aso taua i le tou liki.
 
Ae faafetai atu ai i le komiti a le liki kirikiti lau tofa i le Satoafaiga Leae Mauga le taitai komiti aoao, ma le mamalu o le komiti i ta'ita'i malae, lau afioaga Toilolo Alaipalelei, ma lau tofa Tulauulu, ma oulou komiti o Sasa'e ma Sisifo i lau afioga Vui Tagaloa, lau afioga Letelesa, lau afioga Mulipola Salele'a, Tofa i le Tauto'oto'o ia Noa, le tofa ia Mui, lau fetalaiga Moo Tau, le susuga ia Taumaoe Taufete'e, le susuga ia Tunupopo ma le susuga ia Tele'a ma le 'DJ' lea o Johnny.
 
Ia o le sifi lea o faatafai solo lea o Nuu, ma isi tama uma na fesosoani ai le vaaiga o ova, (ua le maua tou suafa) fai a'u ma sui o le atunuu, e momoli atu ai le faamalo i lo outou timuia ma laina i le faafoeina o le liki kirikiti o le Fu'a.
 
Faamalo atu le tou tagai i faigata ma le matuia o faaupuga e vevesi ai le tele o taaloga, o faaupuga e sasi atu ai le tofa ma le faautaga poto, ae sa tou le manatunatu i se isi itu, ae tausi pea le filemu ma le fai o mea e lelei ai, i faaupuga na lafo atu ia te outou i luga o ta'aloga.
 
Sa outou 'olo'olo pito vaa pea i taimi o fitaituga i vevesi, sa outou faia pea ia lelei ma saogalemu le liki o le Fu'a o Amerika Samoa ma Manu'a i lenei tausaga 2014, ma fai le tiute i le mea e gata ai lo outou taumafai se'i paia lona siui.
 
Ia faamanuia atu le Atua ia te outou i lenei tausaga atoa ma ia 'sagai ane ai o le tai' ia i ai pea lana faamanuiga ia outou faiva ma galuega ua totofi ai outou, tou te galulue ai.

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VIDEO DAY 2: TMO MARIST AMERICAN SAMOA FLAG DAY 7s — VAILELE WINS

The two-day, 3rd TMO Marist American Samoa Flag Day 7s International tournament ended at the Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 12.
 
TMO, the tournament’s major sponsor is proud to bring the final results of 2014 Flag Day event.
 
The TMO Marist American Samoa International’s Flag Day 7s tournament may be the last one since it started three years ago, but the Saturday final between Vailele and Marist St. Joseph from Apia at the Veterans Memorial Stadium left the crowd with great memories that will last for a very long time.
 
This was a thriller. Marist St. Joseph executed what could have been the last play of the match from 75 meters away from the end zone. With 00 seconds shown in the scoreboard clock, St. Joseph took it all the way to the end zone and scored near the goal posts.
 
Vailele was up 19-14 when time expired but the referee called for a scrum with St. Joseph putting the ball in. They got the ball and it was fed to their fast winger on the northern side of the field. He eluded two defenders as he ran for over 60 yards to the try line.
 
It was just a matter of formality with Marist’s kicker to add two points to lift the Cup but the conversion went wide. That sent the championship final to overtime at 19-19 all. 
 
Three minutes into the first five minutes of extra time, Marist was penalized as one of their players deliberately spiked a bouncing ball he was fighting for with a Vailele player into touch. The Vailele goal kicker converted the three-penalty kick to take the Cup and the $10,000 prize with a 22-19 victory.
 
Vailele captain, Reupena Levasa thanked the TMO and Marist Pago for the well-run tournament. He recognized the crowd that included Acting Governor Lemalu Peleti Mauga and his wife for their support and cheers. He also paid tribute to one of Vailele’s patrons, Fuimaono Tumalatu who died in Nu’uuli recently. 
 
Levasa who is also the skipper of Samoa’s 7s team said they dedicated all their games to his memory. “This championship is for you Fuimaono. You have left us, but we worked hard during the two day tournament in your honor.”
 
Marist St. Joseph collected $5,000 while last year’s champion; BBE Vaiala came in third place with Lauli’i (Samoa) in fourth place.
 
In other results, Moata’a beat Nofoali’i for the Bowl championship, 7-0 while Tepatasi edged Apia 7-5 for the Plate final. The Moli ole Ava from Lauli'i captured the shield championship when it beat Nu’uuli 14-7.
 
The most improved local team in the tournament was Marist Pago Sports club. They made it to the Cup quarterfinal in the second day of the tournament.
 
Talavalu star, 21-year old Ryan Pa’aga of the Nu’uuli team was named the top try scorer of the two-day competition. Pa’aga scored eight tries earning him $100 and cases of wahoo. Levi Asi Fa’amatala of Vailele was awarded the MVP.
 
Acting Governor Lemalu thanked TMO and Marist Pago for teaming up to make the Flag Day international 7s tournament a great success. He commented that this was an excellent way to kick off the 2014 Flag Day celebrations. Lemanu said he was appreciative of the crowd  for their participation — the crowd was estimated to be over 3,000 that turned up for two days of exciting rugby.
 
Francine Gaisoa acknowledged the large crowd and all the teams on behalf of TMO and her dad Gaisoa. “If you have enjoyed the two days of rugby then TMO, as the major sponsor of this tournament has achieved its mission. We thank everyone for coming and hope to see you all again next year.”
 
Tournament chairman, Si’igava'a Tauileave Toluono also paid tribute to everyone, and for their sponsors that made TMO Marist Pago’s international 7s an unforgettable one.
 
Another milestone that was established on this tournament was that the Samoa Rugby Union used it to select its Manu Samoa squad for the last two legs of the IRB 7’s circuit that will take place in the coming months in Scotland and England.
 
A list of those picked by the Manu Samoa selectors that were present at the Veterans Memorial Stadium was announced after the championship final.
 
(Updated to show correction to team defeated by Vailele as Marist St. Joseph rather than Marist Saints.)

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VIDEO DAY 2: TMO MARIST AMERICAN SAMOA FLAG DAY 7s — VAILELE WINS

The two-day, 3rd TMO Marist American Samoa Flag Day 7s International tournament ended at the Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 12.
 
TMO, the tournament’s major sponsor is proud to bring the final results of 2014 Flag Day event.
 
The TMO Marist American Samoa International’s Flag Day 7s tournament may be the last one since it started three years ago, but the Saturday final between Vailele and Marist St. Joseph from Apia at the Veterans Memorial Stadium left the crowd with great memories that will last for a very long time.
 
This was a thriller. Marist St. Joseph executed what could have been the last play of the match from 75 meters away from the end zone. With 00 seconds shown in the scoreboard clock, St. Joseph took it all the way to the end zone and scored near the goal posts.
 
Vailele was up 19-14 when time expired but the referee called for a scrum with St. Joseph putting the ball in. They got the ball and it was fed to their fast winger on the northern side of the field. He eluded two defenders as he ran for over 60 yards to the try line.
 
It was just a matter of formality with Marist’s kicker to add two points to lift the Cup but the conversion went wide. That sent the championship final to overtime at 19-19 all. 
 
Three minutes into the first five minutes of extra time, Marist was penalized as one of their players deliberately spiked a bouncing ball he was fighting for with a Vailele player into touch. The Vailele goal kicker converted the three-penalty kick to take the Cup and the $10,000 prize with a 22-19 victory.
 
Vailele captain, Reupena Levasa thanked the TMO and Marist Pago for the well-run tournament. He recognized the crowd that included Acting Governor Lemalu Peleti Mauga and his wife for their support and cheers. He also paid tribute to one of Vailele’s patrons, Fuimaono Tumalatu who died in Nu’uuli recently. 
 
Levasa who is also the skipper of Samoa’s 7s team said they dedicated all their games to his memory. “This championship is for you Fuimaono. You have left us, but we worked hard during the two day tournament in your honor.”
 
Marist St. Joseph collected $5,000 while last year’s champion; BBE Vaiala came in third place with Lauli’i (Samoa) in fourth place.
 
In other results, Moata’a beat Nofoali’i for the Bowl championship, 7-0 while Tepatasi edged Apia 7-5 for the Plate final. The Moli ole Ava from Lauli'i captured the shield championship when it beat Nu’uuli 14-7.
 
The most improved local team in the tournament was Marist Pago Sports club. They made it to the Cup quarterfinal in the second day of the tournament.
 
Talavalu star, 21-year old Ryan Pa’aga of the Nu’uuli team was named the top try scorer of the two-day competition. Pa’aga scored eight tries earning him $100 and cases of wahoo. Levi Asi Fa’amatala of Vailele was awarded the MVP.
 
Acting Governor Lemalu thanked TMO and Marist Pago for teaming up to make the Flag Day international 7s tournament a great success. He commented that this was an excellent way to kick off the 2014 Flag Day celebrations. Lemanu said he was appreciative of the crowd  for their participation — the crowd was estimated to be over 3,000 that turned up for two days of exciting rugby.
 
Francine Gaisoa acknowledged the large crowd and all the teams on behalf of TMO and her dad Gaisoa. “If you have enjoyed the two days of rugby then TMO, as the major sponsor of this tournament has achieved its mission. We thank everyone for coming and hope to see you all again next year.”
 
Tournament chairman, Si’igava'a Tauileave Toluono also paid tribute to everyone, and for their sponsors that made TMO Marist Pago’s international 7s an unforgettable one.
 
Another milestone that was established on this tournament was that the Samoa Rugby Union used it to select its Manu Samoa squad for the last two legs of the IRB 7’s circuit that will take place in the coming months in Scotland and England.
 
A list of those picked by the Manu Samoa selectors that were present at the Veterans Memorial Stadium was announced after the championship final.
 
(Updated to show correction to team defeated by Vailele as Marist St. Joseph rather than Marist Saints.)

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VIDEO DAY 2: TMO MARIST AMERICAN SAMOA FLAG DAY 7s — VAILELE WINS

The two-day, 3rd TMO Marist American Samoa Flag Day 7s International tournament ended at the Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 12.
 
TMO, the tournament’s major sponsor is proud to bring the final results of 2014 Flag Day event.
 
The TMO Marist American Samoa International’s Flag Day 7s tournament may be the last one since it started three years ago, but the Saturday final between Vailele and Marist St. Joseph from Apia at the Veterans Memorial Stadium left the crowd with great memories that will last for a very long time.
 
This was a thriller. Marist St. Joseph executed what could have been the last play of the match from 75 meters away from the end zone. With 00 seconds shown in the scoreboard clock, St. Joseph took it all the way to the end zone and scored near the goal posts.
 
Vailele was up 19-14 when time expired but the referee called for a scrum with St. Joseph putting the ball in. They got the ball and it was fed to their fast winger on the northern side of the field. He eluded two defenders as he ran for over 60 yards to the try line.
 
It was just a matter of formality with Marist’s kicker to add two points to lift the Cup but the conversion went wide. That sent the championship final to overtime at 19-19 all. 
 
Three minutes into the first five minutes of extra time, Marist was penalized as one of their players deliberately spiked a bouncing ball he was fighting for with a Vailele player into touch. The Vailele goal kicker converted the three-penalty kick to take the Cup and the $10,000 prize with a 22-19 victory.
 
Vailele captain, Reupena Levasa thanked the TMO and Marist Pago for the well-run tournament. He recognized the crowd that included Acting Governor Lemalu Peleti Mauga and his wife for their support and cheers. He also paid tribute to one of Vailele’s patrons, Fuimaono Tumalatu who died in Nu’uuli recently. 
 
Levasa who is also the skipper of Samoa’s 7s team said they dedicated all their games to his memory. “This championship is for you Fuimaono. You have left us, but we worked hard during the two day tournament in your honor.”
 
Marist St. Joseph collected $5,000 while last year’s champion; BBE Vaiala came in third place with Lauli’i (Samoa) in fourth place.
 
In other results, Moata’a beat Nofoali’i for the Bowl championship, 7-0 while Tepatasi edged Apia 7-5 for the Plate final. The Moli ole Ava from Lauli'i captured the shield championship when it beat Nu’uuli 14-7.
 
The most improved local team in the tournament was Marist Pago Sports club. They made it to the Cup quarterfinal in the second day of the tournament.
 
Talavalu star, 21-year old Ryan Pa’aga of the Nu’uuli team was named the top try scorer of the two-day competition. Pa’aga scored eight tries earning him $100 and cases of wahoo. Levi Asi Fa’amatala of Vailele was awarded the MVP.
 
Acting Governor Lemalu thanked TMO and Marist Pago for teaming up to make the Flag Day international 7s tournament a great success. He commented that this was an excellent way to kick off the 2014 Flag Day celebrations. Lemanu said he was appreciative of the crowd  for their participation — the crowd was estimated to be over 3,000 that turned up for two days of exciting rugby.
 
Francine Gaisoa acknowledged the large crowd and all the teams on behalf of TMO and her dad Gaisoa. “If you have enjoyed the two days of rugby then TMO, as the major sponsor of this tournament has achieved its mission. We thank everyone for coming and hope to see you all again next year.”
 
Tournament chairman, Si’igava'a Tauileave Toluono also paid tribute to everyone, and for their sponsors that made TMO Marist Pago’s international 7s an unforgettable one.
 
Another milestone that was established on this tournament was that the Samoa Rugby Union used it to select its Manu Samoa squad for the last two legs of the IRB 7’s circuit that will take place in the coming months in Scotland and England.
 
A list of those picked by the Manu Samoa selectors that were present at the Veterans Memorial Stadium was announced after the championship final.
 
(Updated to show correction to team defeated by Vailele as Marist St. Joseph rather than Marist Saints.)

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Video: Warriors football program receives hugh donation

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A donation of used football equipment arrived in the territory on Monday for the Tafuna High School Warriors football program, and according to head coach Okland Salave’a, they just might end up sharing some of it, if the needs of the Warriors program are met.
 
Salave'a told Samoa News that all of the football equipment was donated by Head Coach Jason Bornn of Saugus High School in Northern California.
 
“The donation that was sent to us was equipment that was not needed, so Coach Bornn passed it along to us, for us to make good use of it and to possibly share it with other high school football teams,” said the THS Coach.
 
He stated that they have approximately 110 plus shoulder pads, over 30 helmets with face-masks and the necessities and about 200 practice jerseys. They also received a set of weightlifting dumb-bells and drinking coolers along with practice dummies. “After we do our inventory, we will decide which of the equipment we will keep and if there is enough leftover, we will decide what will go to other football programs here on island.”
 
The very excited Salave'a told Samoa News that this is a blessing for not only his football program, but for the betterment of the youth of American Samoa, who are vying for a spot to play next football season, and building a future in the sport. On that note, the very thankful Salave'a wanted to send out his acknowledgements to the people who made it all possible.
 
He said, “On behalf of our principal Tuiasosopo and our administration, we would like to thank Tony Feist, who is the president of Island Cargo Support that shipped the equipment down. I would also like to thank Peter and Donna Gurr who helped out a great deal to get the stuff shipped to us, and most of all, Jason Bornn of Saugus High School and CSL for delivering it to the school.”
 
Samoa News came across some of the Warriors Varsity football players who were present to unload the equipment that had just arrived early this week, saying they were very thankful for the equipment that will help them get better and perform better, and said that they will make sure it will be put to good use.

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Fa’aaoga Samoa ta’amilosaga TMO fili ai lana Manu Samoa

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O lo o fa’aaoga e le Iuni Lakapi a Samoa (SRU) le ta’amilosaga fa’avaomalo a le TMO Marist American Samoa o lo o fa’agasolo i le taimi nei, e fili ai sui o le au ta’ito’a 7 a le Manu Samoa, fa’apea ai ma sui o le Manu Samoa ta’ito’a 15.
 
O le to’atele o sui o le Iuni Lakapi a Samoa e pei o i latou e filia tama ta’aalo mo ‘au ta’itasi (selectors), fa’apea ai le pulega a le Iuni o lo o i ai uma i le ta’amilosaga a le TMO o lo o fa’agasolo i le taimi nei.
 
Na taua e le faiaoga tuai a le au ta’ito’a 7 a le Manu Samoa, susuga Tauasa Fa’amaoni Lalomilo i le Samoa News e fa’apea, o le malaga mai o sui o le Iuni Lakapi a Samoa faapea ai faiaoga ma i latou e filiina au a le atunuu, o le fa’amoemoe ina ia mata’ituina le tulaga o le a i ai taumafaiga a tama ta’aalo, mo le filiina o se isi au a Samoa i vae e lua o lo o totoe a le IRB, i Sikotilani ma Enelagi i le masina o Me ma Iuni o lo o lumana’i nei.
 
Na taua e le afioga a Lilomaiava Taufusi Salesa e fa’apea, o ni isi o auala o lo o vaavaai i ai faiaoga mo le filiina o ni isi e fa’aopoopo i le au a le atunuu, o le tulaga i le malosi ma le fa’aaogaina o le polo.
 
Sa ia taua e faapea, ua 100% le faatinoina o le taaloga e tama taaalo, pau le itu o lo o tulimata’i i ai faiaoga ma i latou o lo o filiina ‘au o metotia e mafai ona fa’aaoga e le tama taalo i totonu o le malae e fesoasoani ai i le au ina ia malo.
 
“E i ai metotia o lo o aoaoina ai tama i le taimi o le taaloga, ae i ai lava fo’i metotia a le tagata lava ia e mafai ai ona fesoasoani i le faatinoina o le taaloga, ma lifi atu ai le au ina ia manumalo,” o le saunoaga lea a Lilomaiava, o se tasi ua iloga i le taaloga lakapi i aso ua mavae.
 
E pei ona silafia e le atunuu, e le i tulaga lelei taumafaiga a le au taitoa 7 a le Manu Samoa i le ta’amilosaga a le IRB i Iapani fa’apea ai ma Hong Kong, ina ua le manuia lana taumafaiga mo au e 8 pito i luga e saili ai le Ipu autu o le ta’amilosaga.
 
O le tele o taamilosaga ua mavae atu, e aofia lava Samoa i au e 8 pito i luga e saili ai le Ipu Autu.
 
Saunoa Lilomaiava, o le maea ai o le taamilosaga lenei a le TMO, ona toe taliu atu loa lea o sui o le Iuni i Apia mo le fa’atulagaina o isi fuafuaga mo le faamaeaina o vae e lua a le IRB o lo o totoe, ma toe fa’atulaga ai le ‘au a le atunuu.
 
Na taua e le Taitaifono o le Iuni Lakapi a Samoa, o ia fo’i lea o le Palemia, susuga Tuilaepa Lupesailele Malielegaoi i se faatalatalanoaga ma tusitala i Samoa i le vaiaso na te’a nei, ina ua fesiligia o ia i le tulaga na oo i ai taumafaiga a le tau taitoa 7 a Samoa, sa ia talosagaina ai le atunuu ina ia onosa’i ona o le toatele o le ‘au a fou uma, ae tonu lava e le o toe mamao se taimi ona vaaia lea o tulaga lelei o le ‘au a le atunu’u.

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VIDEO: MATAINA TAUMAFAIGA A ‘AU ULUA’I ASO TA’AMILOSAGA TMO MARIST 7S

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Na matua mataina taumafaiga a ‘au uma e 24 o lo o auai i le ta’amilosaga lona 3 fa’avaomalo a le TMO Marist A.S 7’s o lo o fa’agasolo i le malae o le VA Stadium i Tafuna i le taimi nei, ina ua molimauina e le mamalu o le atunuu tulaga maualuga ua i ai le ta’aloga lakapi i Samoa i le taimi nei.
 
Talu ona fa’atautaia mai e le kalapu a Malisi Sagato Iosefo i Amerika Samoa nei le ta’amilosaga fa’avaomalo ta’ito’a 7 lenei mo le lona tolu ai lenei o tausaga, o se tausaga ese lenei ua molimauina ai le maualuga o le auala ua i ai le fa’atinoina e kalapu lakapi a Amerika Samoa o le ta’aloga lakapi.
 
“O se tausaga ese lenei talu ona ou auai mai i le ta’amilosaga ta’ito’a 7 lenei a Malisi ua ou molimauina ai le siitia o le tulaga ua i ai le fa’atinoina e kalapu a Amerika Samoa o le ta’aloga lakapi, e le gata ua siitia le tulaga o le malosi o tama ta’aalo, ae ua televave fo’i le fa’atinoina o le ta’aloga,” o le saunoaga lea a le alo o Samoa ua avea nei ma laufali fa’avaomalo a le IRB, susuga Tui Komiti.
 
Mai ‘au e 24 o lo o tausinio i le ta’amilosaga i le fa’aiuga o lenei vaiaso, e 8 kalapu mai Amerika Samoa nei, 15 ‘au mai Samoa, ma le ‘au e tasi mai le malo o Tonga, lea na faiaina i lana ulua’i ta’aloga ma le ‘au a Siutu, Salailua i ‘ai e 14-0.
 
E ui e leai se ‘au mai Amerika Samoa nei na manumalo i ana ta’aloga ta’ilua i le aso muamua ananafi, peita’i o se tasi o itu sa mataina i le maimoa a le atunuu, o le auala sa fa’atinoina ai ‘au ta’itasi le ta’aloga, aemaise ai le taimi e fetaia’i ai ma ni isi ua iloga i le taaloga lakapi mai Samoa e pei o Lolo Lui, Fa’alemiga Selesele ma Patrick Fa’apale.
 
O isi igoa fou i le taaloga lakapi mai Samoa sa mafai ona molimauina i le ulua’i aso o le ta’amilosaga e aofia ai Vavao Afemai, Oneone Fa’afou, Misioka Timoteo, ma le uigi saoasaoa o Foma’i Ah Ki.
 
Ae le i tuu mamaina fo’i i ni isi o alo o le atunuu sa filifilia i lana au ta’ito’a 7, le Talavalu e pei o le susuga ia Ryan Paaga lea fo’i na ia mauaina le ulua’i sikoa mo Nuuuli i le ulua’i ta’alosaga na tatala ai le ta’amilosaga ananafi, ma faiaina ai i le au malosi mai Fa’atoia i ‘ai e 19-5.
 
O le fa’aiuga o le taamilosaga o lo o faagasolo nei o le a sola ai le ‘au e siamupini ma le fa’ailoga tupe e $10,000, faapea ai ma le Ipu o le siamupini, lea na umia mai e le au malosi a le BBE Vaiala mo le lua tausaga.

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VIDEO: MATAINA TAUMAFAIGA A ‘AU ULUA’I ASO TA’AMILOSAGA TMO MARIST 7S

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Na matua mataina taumafaiga a ‘au uma e 24 o lo o auai i le ta’amilosaga lona 3 fa’avaomalo a le TMO Marist A.S 7’s o lo o fa’agasolo i le malae o le VA Stadium i Tafuna i le taimi nei, ina ua molimauina e le mamalu o le atunuu tulaga maualuga ua i ai le ta’aloga lakapi i Samoa i le taimi nei.
 
Talu ona fa’atautaia mai e le kalapu a Malisi Sagato Iosefo i Amerika Samoa nei le ta’amilosaga fa’avaomalo ta’ito’a 7 lenei mo le lona tolu ai lenei o tausaga, o se tausaga ese lenei ua molimauina ai le maualuga o le auala ua i ai le fa’atinoina e kalapu lakapi a Amerika Samoa o le ta’aloga lakapi.
 
“O se tausaga ese lenei talu ona ou auai mai i le ta’amilosaga ta’ito’a 7 lenei a Malisi ua ou molimauina ai le siitia o le tulaga ua i ai le fa’atinoina e kalapu a Amerika Samoa o le ta’aloga lakapi, e le gata ua siitia le tulaga o le malosi o tama ta’aalo, ae ua televave fo’i le fa’atinoina o le ta’aloga,” o le saunoaga lea a le alo o Samoa ua avea nei ma laufali fa’avaomalo a le IRB, susuga Tui Komiti.
 
Mai ‘au e 24 o lo o tausinio i le ta’amilosaga i le fa’aiuga o lenei vaiaso, e 8 kalapu mai Amerika Samoa nei, 15 ‘au mai Samoa, ma le ‘au e tasi mai le malo o Tonga, lea na faiaina i lana ulua’i ta’aloga ma le ‘au a Siutu, Salailua i ‘ai e 14-0.
 
E ui e leai se ‘au mai Amerika Samoa nei na manumalo i ana ta’aloga ta’ilua i le aso muamua ananafi, peita’i o se tasi o itu sa mataina i le maimoa a le atunuu, o le auala sa fa’atinoina ai ‘au ta’itasi le ta’aloga, aemaise ai le taimi e fetaia’i ai ma ni isi ua iloga i le taaloga lakapi mai Samoa e pei o Lolo Lui, Fa’alemiga Selesele ma Patrick Fa’apale.
 
O isi igoa fou i le taaloga lakapi mai Samoa sa mafai ona molimauina i le ulua’i aso o le ta’amilosaga e aofia ai Vavao Afemai, Oneone Fa’afou, Misioka Timoteo, ma le uigi saoasaoa o Foma’i Ah Ki.
 
Ae le i tuu mamaina fo’i i ni isi o alo o le atunuu sa filifilia i lana au ta’ito’a 7, le Talavalu e pei o le susuga ia Ryan Paaga lea fo’i na ia mauaina le ulua’i sikoa mo Nuuuli i le ulua’i ta’alosaga na tatala ai le ta’amilosaga ananafi, ma faiaina ai i le au malosi mai Fa’atoia i ‘ai e 19-5.
 
O le fa’aiuga o le taamilosaga o lo o faagasolo nei o le a sola ai le ‘au e siamupini ma le fa’ailoga tupe e $10,000, faapea ai ma le Ipu o le siamupini, lea na umia mai e le au malosi a le BBE Vaiala mo le lua tausaga.

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VIDEO: MATAINA TAUMAFAIGA A ‘AU ULUA’I ASO TA’AMILOSAGA TMO MARIST 7S

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Na matua mataina taumafaiga a ‘au uma e 24 o lo o auai i le ta’amilosaga lona 3 fa’avaomalo a le TMO Marist A.S 7’s o lo o fa’agasolo i le malae o le VA Stadium i Tafuna i le taimi nei, ina ua molimauina e le mamalu o le atunuu tulaga maualuga ua i ai le ta’aloga lakapi i Samoa i le taimi nei.
 
Talu ona fa’atautaia mai e le kalapu a Malisi Sagato Iosefo i Amerika Samoa nei le ta’amilosaga fa’avaomalo ta’ito’a 7 lenei mo le lona tolu ai lenei o tausaga, o se tausaga ese lenei ua molimauina ai le maualuga o le auala ua i ai le fa’atinoina e kalapu lakapi a Amerika Samoa o le ta’aloga lakapi.
 
“O se tausaga ese lenei talu ona ou auai mai i le ta’amilosaga ta’ito’a 7 lenei a Malisi ua ou molimauina ai le siitia o le tulaga ua i ai le fa’atinoina e kalapu a Amerika Samoa o le ta’aloga lakapi, e le gata ua siitia le tulaga o le malosi o tama ta’aalo, ae ua televave fo’i le fa’atinoina o le ta’aloga,” o le saunoaga lea a le alo o Samoa ua avea nei ma laufali fa’avaomalo a le IRB, susuga Tui Komiti.
 
Mai ‘au e 24 o lo o tausinio i le ta’amilosaga i le fa’aiuga o lenei vaiaso, e 8 kalapu mai Amerika Samoa nei, 15 ‘au mai Samoa, ma le ‘au e tasi mai le malo o Tonga, lea na faiaina i lana ulua’i ta’aloga ma le ‘au a Siutu, Salailua i ‘ai e 14-0.
 
E ui e leai se ‘au mai Amerika Samoa nei na manumalo i ana ta’aloga ta’ilua i le aso muamua ananafi, peita’i o se tasi o itu sa mataina i le maimoa a le atunuu, o le auala sa fa’atinoina ai ‘au ta’itasi le ta’aloga, aemaise ai le taimi e fetaia’i ai ma ni isi ua iloga i le taaloga lakapi mai Samoa e pei o Lolo Lui, Fa’alemiga Selesele ma Patrick Fa’apale.
 
O isi igoa fou i le taaloga lakapi mai Samoa sa mafai ona molimauina i le ulua’i aso o le ta’amilosaga e aofia ai Vavao Afemai, Oneone Fa’afou, Misioka Timoteo, ma le uigi saoasaoa o Foma’i Ah Ki.
 
Ae le i tuu mamaina fo’i i ni isi o alo o le atunuu sa filifilia i lana au ta’ito’a 7, le Talavalu e pei o le susuga ia Ryan Paaga lea fo’i na ia mauaina le ulua’i sikoa mo Nuuuli i le ulua’i ta’alosaga na tatala ai le ta’amilosaga ananafi, ma faiaina ai i le au malosi mai Fa’atoia i ‘ai e 19-5.
 
O le fa’aiuga o le taamilosaga o lo o faagasolo nei o le a sola ai le ‘au e siamupini ma le fa’ailoga tupe e $10,000, faapea ai ma le Ipu o le siamupini, lea na umia mai e le au malosi a le BBE Vaiala mo le lua tausaga.

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