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Apia, SAMOA — American Samoa has won its first ever Pacific Games women's basketball title after a strong finish helped them overwhelm defending champions Fiji 74-53 in the gold medal match. The US territory raced out to a 24-13 lead after the opening quarter but could only manage six points in the...
Jaiyah Saelua of American Samoa defends
Apia, SAMOA — American Samoa’s men’s team let the second half get away from them in a 13-0 loss to the Solomon Islands on July 15, 2019 at the Toleafoa JS Sports Complex in Tuanaimato, Samoa on July 15. The Solomon Islands scored three goals in the first half and got an assist with an own goal by...
Ryan Samuelu of American Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — Walter Pati struck a miracle shot to help American Samoa escape the jaws of defeat against Tuvalu on Match Day 3 of the men’s 2019 Pacific Games Samoa soccer game on July 12 at the Toleafoa JS Blatter Sports Complex in Tuanaimato. American Samoa had been knocking on the scoring door...
Alofaeleuma Faualo (center) with his crew 11-year old Laser Sailor Carneal Lili’o Satele and Tony Greubel, Charge de Affaires for the US Embassy
Mulifanua, SAMOA— When is the wind going to come, is the question asked by Alofaeleuma Faualo, who has become an inspirational athlete at the 16th Pacific Games. That’s because Alofa, the athlete, has a disability not ever seen at the Pacific Games. He is sailing for the American Samoa Sailing Team...
Members of the American Samoa delegation to the 16th Pacific Games in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — In the last day of the Pacific Games Women’s Basketball Event’s Group Phase, four teams will be battling for positions to determine the cast for the Qualifying Finals. Guam and Tahiti are sporting identical 1-1 win-loss cards and will face-off at the curtain-raiser at 12:00 pm. The...
Tilali Scanlan on the pdoium after winning her silver medal with gold winner Moana Wind and bronze, Poerani Bertrand
Apia, SAMOA —The sky had cleared, but instead the sound of fans cheering could be heard thundering outside Aquatic Centre Faleata on Thursday's third evening of swimming finals. Cook Islands, Guam, and American Samoa all reached the podium for the first time at the Samoa 2019 XVI Pacific Games,...
Precious Ieremia of American Samoa Women’s National Team
Apia, SAMOA — American Samoa’s women’s team dug their heels in and defended like their lives depended on it to hold on to a 0-0 draw against hosts Samoa on Match Day 2 of the 2019 Pacific Games. The team had a lot of supporters at the field cheering them on July 10, 2019 at the Toleafoa JS Blatter...
Nicky Salapu and Jaiyah Saelua (second from right and right)
Apia, SAMOA — It’s not been a good start for American Samoa at the Pacific Games. Some would say it’s been an expected one, with losses to New Caledonia (5-0) and Fiji (9-0), to open up the campaign. But, two who have captured the headlines for the team have been returning goalkeeper and captain,...
Anne Cairns with her family who joined her in Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — A deal has been struck to allow news from the Pacific Games to be broadcast in Samoa. The local journalists' association had complained that restrictions placed on local TV stations had made news coverage unfeasible. (See yesterday’s Pacific Briefs) Local stations were being charged...
An action shot of va'a teams lining up at the Pacific Games event
Apia, SAMOA — The Pacific Games Office, World Rugby and Samoa Rugby Union has announced that the Rugby 7s Competition venue for the XVI Pacific Games has now been relocated to Marist St Joseph’s Sports Stadium in Lotopa. The wet conditions and high surface traffic at Apia Park have contributed to...

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