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Ebola threat stops Sevens team

The Manu Samoa Sevens team will not compete in the Kenya Sevens tournament this year over fears of the deadly ebola virus.

Speaking to the media yesterday, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, who is also the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union, said the players’ safety is the Union’s priority.

Given reports about the virus escalating in that part of the world, the Union has decided not to send the team.

“The team was stopped (from participating in the Kenya Sevens) last week,” said the Tuilaepa.

“There is always another day.



Utulei Youth continues to dominate National League

Utulei Youth continues to dominate the men’s Division 1, 2014 FFAS National League after beating the 2013 defending champions, FC SKBC, 3-1 on Match Day 6.
 
In the only other Division 1 game, Vaitogi United A won again over PanSa 5-2 in the kickoff of the second round-robin.  Lion Heart was off with a bye.
 
UTULEI YOUTH 3, FC SKBC 1
 



Polynesian Hall of Fame also announces finalists for next class

Honolulu, HAWAII – The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced this past week 25 Finalists will be on the ballot for induction into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame. The list includes 20 players and five coaches/contributors.

“Over the past several weeks the Selection Committee has been deliberating over the 2015 Finalists,” said Chairman, Dick Tomey. “Each year, the task of selecting Polynesia's great players, coaches and contributors is a major challenge because there are so many worthy candidates.”



Girls Varsity Volleyball opener an upset for defending champions

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This year’s 2014-2015 American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Girls Varsity Volleyball champion Tafuna Warriors, got off to a bad start in this year’s season opener this past Monday in front of their home crowd. The East side Faga’itua High School Vikings who were runners up last season to the Warriors, made a trip to Warrior Nation for the season opener on Monday bringing their own fans along with them for support.
 



Basketball Assn donates to Pacific Horizons School

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The American Samoa Basketball Association (ASBA) continues to give back to the community, and its latest outreach involves a recent donation to the students of Pacific Horizons School (PHS) in Ottoville.
 
According to the ASBA, their president Milton Taufa’asau (far right back row), noticed the school’s Physical Education class one afternoon while practicing basketball in Fatu-o-Aiga and that is when he decided to get the ball rolling on the donation by giving his contact information to the PE teacher.
 



Utulei women triumph at end of first round-robin

Utulei Youth cleaned up the first round with a perfect, 4-0 record after putting away PanSa 3-0 in the women’s, FFAS National Cup challenge on Saturday, September 6, 2014.
 
In the only other game of the division, Lion Heart beat Green Bay 5-1 while Ilaoa & To’omata sat out with a bye.
 
UTULEI YOUTH 3, PANSA 0
 
Salevu Filiva’a kicked two PKs in the first half to give Utulei Youth a 2-0 lead before Sancia Sopoaga made it 3-0 late in the second half with a goal of her own.



It's that time of year — Volleyball

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It is that time of year again, when the best volleyballers will be coming out showcasing their skills and showing off their talent. Following a highly successful volleyball clinic this past summer conducted by the American Samoa Volleyball Association (ASVBA), comes this years 2014 International Volleyball Tournament hosted by the ASVBA.
 



VIDEO: GHC REID ASHSAA FOOTBALL IN THE TERRITORY JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER

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This past weekend's American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Football action proved to be even more competitive — and is showing a lot of potential this year, as one of the most entertaining sports in American Samoa.

In the past, not much attention was drawn to the sport due to its distortion in skills and experience – today, you must see it to believe it, not only in the Varsity Division, but in the Junior Varsity Division as well. The competition just keeps getting better and better.

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Atu’u holds on to Cup, Ilaoa tops division at end of 1st round-robin

The Atu’u Broncos held on to the men’s Division 2, FFAS National Cup with a 6-0 win over Green Bay while Ilaoa & To’omata closes out the first round-robin at the No. 1 spot.
 
They beat Black Roses 3-0 while Vaitogi United won by forfeit over Vaiala Tongan B.
 
The second round kicks off this Saturday with Black Roses taking on Atu’u in a Cup challenge match while Ilaoa & To’omata faces off against Tongan B and Green Bay takes on Vaitogi.
 



GHC REID ASHSAA FOOTALL: LEONE BESTS TAFUNA 13 - 6 IN JV FOOTBALL OPENER

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The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Football Season for the Junior Varsity Division kicked off their season opener this past Thursday evening at the Veterans Memorial Stadium with two of the best returning teams in the league, Tafuna Warriors and the divisional reigning champions, Leone High School.
 
Coverage of the 2014 ASHSAA Football season is brought to you by Powerade and Coca Cola — distributed exclusively by GHC Reid & Co. Ltd. — Oloa O Leala — Your Family of Fine beverages.
 



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