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Tietjens already making his mark with Manu Samoa

Sir Gordon Tietjens is already making his mark with the Samoan sevens team.

The former New Zealand mentor has been appointed Samoa's sixth permanent coach in as many years but doesn't officially take charge until January.

He was listed as a "technical advisor" during the team's runner-up finish at last month's Oceania 7s and is with the team in Dubai this week as an "observer".

Assistant coach Stephen Betham, who led the Manu to the 2010 World Series title, said Tietjens had been heavily involved with their preparation.



Shalom Luani — Fomer Vikings player now performing on the big stage

Luani and other Sons of Samoa focus on winning the Pac 12 for WSU
tony@samoanews.com

One of the big names in U.S. college football is former Faga’itua Vikings graduate Shalom Luani, who is being called by the Daily Evergreen newspaper — the most explosive player on Washington State University’s defensive depth chart.
 
But it hasn’t been an easy transition. In August, Samoa News released news on Luani when he was accused of punching another WSU student in the face in an altercation that happened right outside Domino’s Pizza on Greek Row.
 



2016 FFAS Private Elementary Schools soccer ends

“Remember, the outline focus (of this league) is for our schools to come together and share in the love of soccer,” Liza Sauni, Kanana Fou school principal said during the closing of the FFAS 2016 FFAS Private Elementary Schools Soccer League.

 



Peteli wins back-to-back titles for Boys 3-5 Division

Peteli Academy has won the Boys 3-5 championship title two years in a row to close out the 2016 FFAS Private Elementary Schools Soccer League on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
 
Peteli beat Kanana Fou-2 6-2 while in other divisions, Iakina Adventist Academy stopped a Marist St. Francis repeat in the Boys 6-8 with a 3-1 scoreline; Marist St. Francis beat Peteli 3-0 in the Girls 6-8 final, and Samoa Baptist Academy edged Kanana Fou-1 2-1 in the Girls 3-5 division.
 
BOYS 3-5 FINAL
 



Samoa set to steal limelight at Parker fight

The nation of Samoa, and its prime minister, are set to steal the limelight during the worldwide telecast of Joseph Parker's heavyweight title fight in Auckland next month.

Where the New Zealand government, and Auckland council, have declined to help fund Parker's fight for the WBO title against Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr at Vector Arena on December 10, Samoa and, in particular Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, have shown no such hesitation.



Vikings stun the Warrior Nation in 2nd half for 3-peat championship victory

“Facing the Giants” — they brought it home, “God is good” says head coach
tony@samoanews.com

The streets of the east side bled red as they awaited the arrival of the ‘homecoming kings’ – Faga’itua Vikings Football Team who claimed another Championship title — that’s a 3-peat — last Saturday morning, after a stunning performance in slaying the No.1 seed in the league, Tafuna Warriors in this year’s title match. This is the Vikings third championship title streak within American Samoa High School Athletic Associations (ASHSAA) Varsity Football competition — all comeback victories.
 



Former Manu 7s coach sues Samoa Rugby Union

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Apia, SAMOA — Damien McGrath is not going down without a fight. The former Manu Samoa Sevens coach that was sacked recently filed a civil case against Samoa Rugby Union for wrongful dismissal and defamation and he’s asking for $1million tala for damages.
 



Jets stun Utulei Youth 2-1

The Tafuna Jets are suddenly in the mix for the men’s 2016 FFAS National League championship title after a 2-1 win over two-time defending champs Utulei Youth on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Pago Park Soccer Stadium.

 

In the other Top 5 game it was a 1-1 draw between Lion Heart and Vaiala Tongan, while both Bottom 5 games ended in forfeited wins for Ilaoa & To’omata over Royal Puma and Black Roses over PanSa.

 

TOP 5 GROUP TAFUNA JETS 2, UTULEI YOUTH 1

 



Elementary teams have two games to make playoff push

The playoff-push for the 2016 FFAS Private Elementary Schools Soccer League boils down to two games.

 

In all four divisions – Boys & Girls 3-5; Boys & Girls 6-8 – at least five to six teams have a shot at making the playoffs.

 

BOYS GRADES 6-8

 

The battle for the top four is very close in the Boys Grades 6-8 Division, with the top four teams as follows – Iakina (18 points); defending champs St. Francis (15 points); Peteli Academy (13 points) and South Pacific Academy (9 points).



VARSITY PLAYOFFS: Faga’itua Vikings to defend their championship title

Facing Warriors this Saturday
tony@samoanews.com

This past weekend hosted the 2016- 17 American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Varsity Football Playoffs held at the Veterans Memorial Stadium. The games started last Friday morning on Veterans Day holiday with the battle between the Vikings and the Lions, where the reigning divisional champs edged the Lions in their 20 - 18 victory to advance onto this year’s championship title game.
 



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