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2014 Moso’oi Week Volleyball tourney names champs

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Some of the best local volleyball players along with a host of talented players from Apia, Samoa converged in the territory last week for this year’s 2014 Moso’oi Week Volleyball Tournament hosted by the American Samoa Volleyball Association (ASVBA).
 
Thirty two teams participated in this year’s tournament that was held for three days, with games being played at the Kanana Fou High School gymnasium.
 



Cool Stuff: All Blacks vs USA Eagles

Back in the day, Michael Jones, Frank Bunce, Christian Cullen, Eric Rush and Terry Wright were the cream of NZ All Blacks and sometimes Manu Samoa royalty. This week they were just really great guys that Pacific Islander University of Hawai’i, where athletes had faintly heard of them from parents and cousins, but had no direct recall.
 
We OG's know and love these guys for their commitment as players and their proud representation of Pacific Island people.
 



Utulei champions of men’s FFAS National League

Utulei Youth completed a perfect record to earn the men’s 2014 FFAS National League championship title after a thrilling, come from behind, 2-1 victory against Lion Heart on Oct. 25.

 

“We are very happy about this win and it is a natural feeling for any team especially since this team was founded, this is the second time for us to have won an 11-a-side competition,” explained Rev. Ioane Evagelia, president and coach of the Utulei Youth squad.

 



AM SAMOA BASKETBALL ASSOC. BUSY HOSTING CLINIC, WORKSHOPS & GUESTS

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The American Samoa Basketball (ASBA) keeps rolling on with more basketball outreaches and clinics, and currently they are hosting a Moso’oi Basketball tournament being held at the Tafuna High School gymnasium.
 
They are also hosting a clinic for coaches, referees and officials, which began on Tuesday and will conclude tomorrow at the American Samoa National Olympic Committee (ASNOC) office across from the Pala Lagoon on Tasi Street.
 



Masefau Mosiula is Moso'oi Cricket league champs

The Moso'oi Cricket league wrapped up its 12-week tournament with their championship games played this past Saturday at Faga'alu
 
Park. The park was filled with cricket enthusiast from 7 in the morning all the way up to 6pm when the final wicket was knocked down in an exciting finish to the Masefau vs Faleniu game that saw the Mosiula Cricket team from the village of Masefau emerge as the 2014 Cricket Champions for this year’s league.
 



Olympic Committee concludes audit visit

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Head of the Finance Section at the International Olympic Committee Nicole Girard Savoy (center) and Dennis Miller (right) who is the Executive Director of the Oceania National Olympic Committees, were on island for a five day visit to the American Samoa National Olympic Committee (ASNOC) to review how the ASNOC is running its National Federations.
 



Samoan league players fined heavily after nightclub brawl

Reni Maitua, Tautau Moga and Sauaso Sue have each been fined just under $US9,000 for their involvement in a Brisbane night-club fight last weekend.

The trio, who had already been stood down from Samoa's opening Four Nations clash against England on Saturday, were dealt the fine by the NRL.

The NRL says the sanctions are a sign the game's governing body will not tolerate player misbehaviour.

Moga was one of eight men who were arrested following a skirmish outside a night-club early on Sunday morning while Maitua and Sue were present when the fight erupted.



Moso'oi Cricket League playoffs underway

Sakai Tufele, one of the lead batters for the Tama o le Mua'au cricket team from Faleniu, an all-around great batsman, is seen here focusing most of his energy on hitting the cricket ball out into the ocean during a tough game against the Mosiula team from the village of Masefau.
 
The game, part of the Moso'oi Cricket League, was played Wed. afternoon at Faga'alu Park. Due to night-fall the game was stopped and will be continued this Saturday, with Mosiula at 118 points and 19 outs -vs-  Tama o le Mua'au at 100 points and 15 outs.



2014 FFAS National League

UTULEI YOUTH, LION HEART PLAY FOR NATIONAL LEAGUE TITLE
 
Utulei Youth (7-0) and Lion Heart (6-1) will face off for the rights to the men’s 2014 FFAS National League championship heading into the final weekend of the association’s major competition.
 
Utulei Youth is in the driver’s seat for the coveted title with a three-point lead over Lion Heart (21-18) in the standings.  The closest team to these two is the 2013, defending champion, FC SKBC with nine points.
 



Samoa coach looks to move on from nightclub incident

The Samoa rugby league coach says the team has responded positively to the night-club incident which led to three players being stood down ahead of their opening Four Nations match against England on Saturday.

Reni Maitua, Tautau Moga and Sauaso Sue were not considered for selection as they are being investigated for their part in a skirmish which led to at least one player being reportedly arrested.

Matt Parish says he is deeply disappointed in their antics but is not dwelling on the incident.



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