Samoan team will play for a chance at the top seed in those semi-finals against Tonga.

Samoa book semi-final place with big win

Samoa were dominant throughout their 99-63 win over American Samoa in their third game of the FIBA Men’s Polynesian Cup at the N.U.S. Gym last night.

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Theresa Maelegameli Vaaelua shoots over the Tahiti defence.

Brave Samoa outclassed in the end by Tahiti

Samoa face a rematch against Tahiti in the FIBA Polynesian Women’s Basketball Cup semi-final after losing 76-53 to them yesterday.

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Sui Pauaraisa (far right). Photo: Supplied.

Captain Fantastic leading charge for Manu Sina

The Manu Sina are making the most of what captain Sui Pauaraisa of Foailalo calls an “amazing opportunity”. She has lead a squad with almost no international experience to two wins from two at the Oceania Rugby Womens 15s Championship in Fiji.

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Tonga’s Obadaiah Paea drives at the American Samoa defence during their 71-70 loss at the FIBA Polynesian Cup yesterday.

Tonga lose 71-70, but their presence alone is a win

The Tonga men’s national basketball team lost their opening game of the FIBA Polynesian Cup, but the greater victory was the fact they got on the court at all.

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The Samoa national team in action on the first day of the F.I.B.A. Polynesian Cup Basketball tournament which officially kicked off at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) gymnasium yesterday.

Polynesian Cup gets underway

The FIBA Polynesian Cup basketball tournament officially kicked off yesterday at the National University of Samoa gym. The host Samoa, Cooks Islands, Tahiti, American Samoa and Tonga will go head-to-head in the six-day tournament. The tournament will feature both men’s and women’s teams and will use a round robin format in the group stage, with the top four teams qualifying for the finals.

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The Samoa national team in action on the first day of the F.I.B.A. Polynesian Cup Basketball tournament which officially kicked off at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) gymnasium yesterday.

Day 1 Recap of the 2018 Polynesia Cup

Cook Islands' veteran-savvy overwhelmed a young Samoa side in the Women's Division of the 2018 Polynesian Cup to take a commanding 80-47 victory. The ladies in green kept their defensive pace high, hounding the host nation with their full-court pressure defense.

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John Lemoa getting guidance from coach Johan Keil.  Photos: Thomas Aire

Bodybuilders check in ahead of Mr Samoa 2018

The reigning Mr Samoa is excited to defend his title at this year’s competition next Saturday. Athletes competing met Samoa Bodybuilding Federation (S.B.F.) coach Johan Keil at his gym yesterday morning to check in ahead of Mr Samoa 2018.

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Samoa WNT training in New Caledonia.

Samoa’s OFC Nations Cup begins

The Samoan national women’s football team think the extra time they have spent in New Caledonia will put them in good shape for the OFC Nations Cup.

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AIM FOR GOLD: The Samoa weightlifting team is keen to build on its success at the recent IWF World Championships in Turkmenistan.

Lifters back into training

The Samoan weightlifting team were back in heavy training on Friday after returning from the IWF World Championships held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on Wednesday.

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Women’s national team training at NUS. Linda is second from right.

Linda Junita Kelsall will lead young Samoan team at F.I.B.A. Polynesian Cup

For Samoa women’s basketball captain Linda Junita Kelsall, 20, ball is life. That’s the motto she and her team will carry into the FIBA Polynesian Cup held at the NUS Gymnasium next week.

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Samoa women's football national team warm down after training.

Team Samoa arrive in New Caledonia for O.F.C. Nations Cup

The Samoa national women’s football team are in New Caledonia for the Oceania Football Confederation Nations Cup.

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Manu Sina team.

Manu Sina “pumped” for first match in four years

The Manu Sina are excited to get their Oceania Rugby Womens 15s Championship started against Papua New Guinea this afternoon. The match is their first since the Women’s Rugby World Cup in August 2014. Coach Ramsey Tomokino said his team are just grateful to be able to play.

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Team Samoa.

Team Samoa arrive in New Caledonia for OFC Nations Cup

The Samoa national women’s football team are in New Caledonia for the Oceania Football Confederation Nations Cup.

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Manu Samoa perform the Manu Siva Tau.

Four changes to Manu Samoa 23 to face Georgia

Coach Steve Jackson has made four changes to his lineup for Sunday morning’s game against Georgia. Faifili Levave drops to the bench with Josh Tyrell shifting to No. 8, while Piula Fa’asalele comes in at blindside flanker. Ben Nee-Nee, Iakopo Petelo-Mapu, Melani Matavao and Stacey Ili all drop out of the 23 entirely, with loosie Mat Luamanu, halfback Pele Cowley and centre Alofa Alofa taking their spots on the bench.

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Tonga’s national men’s basketball team.

Tonga falls short of cash playing at FIBA Polynesia Cup

With just a few days remaining before the FIBA Polynesia Cup in Apia next week, Tonga’s national men’s basketball team face a race against time to fly to Samoa for the tournament. 

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SBF president Tala Pauga (with the ball) contributing to women’s national team training.

Samoa ready to host FIBA Polynesian Cup

The President of the Samoa Basketball Federation, Tala Pauga, says preparations for next week’s FIBA Polynesian Basketball Cup will benefit the country at the Pacific Games next year and beyond. 

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The tournament doubles as a qualifying tournament for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 and the Olympics 2020.

Nineteen made it to the final list

This afternoon the Football Federation Samoa (FFS) held a press conference to officially announce its Senior National Women’s Team which departs tomorrow for the OFC Women’s Nations Cup in New Caledonia 18th November – 1st December 2018.

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A HELPING HAND: Chinese Ambassador, Wang Xuefang presents $30,000 to the Marist St Joseph Sports Club for sports development.

Marist receive $30,000 from China

The Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club were presented with $30,000 by the Chinese Embassy at a handover ceremony last Thursday evening. Club President Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio received the donation from Ambassador Wang Xuefeng, at an event which celebrated the club’s recent triumph at the Auckland Marist Samoa 7’s tournament in New Zealand.

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Goalkeeper Ronisa Lipi.

Samoa women’s football taking on best in the region

Yesterday the Samoa women’s national football team departed for New Caledonia to take part in the Oceania Nations Cup. “This is the pinnacle women’s football event in our region,” said coach Nicola Demaine.

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Jason Taumalolo from Tonga on the charge, Tonga v Australia. International Rugby League test match.

Rugby League World Cup seeds: Aussies, England, NZ, Tonga

England will open the 2021 Rugby League World Cup as host and will be seeded alongside titleholder Australia, New Zealand and Tonga.

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Rugby

England's Chris Ashton scores a try during the rugby union international match between England and New Zealand.

England lose Ashton, Wallabies handling stomach bug

England wing Chris Ashton will miss playing Australia on Saturday at Twickenham because of a left calf injury.

Boxing

Tony Bellew, left, reacts to a blow from Oleksandr Usyk during their cruiserweight boxing bout Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in Manchester, England. Usyk successfully defended his four belts and likely sent Bellew into retirement by knocking out the British fi

Usyk KOs Bellew in 8th round, retains cruiserweight titles

Undisputed world cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk successfully defended his four belts and sent Tony Bellew into retirement by knocking out the British fighter in the eighth round in Manchester on Saturday.

NFL

Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Jordan Mailata, of Australia, heads off the field after an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team's training facility in Philadelphia. Mailata has made the cut for the Super Bowl

Too big for rugby, Eagles tackle Mailata is ready for NFL

He can laugh about it now, the concept of being "too big" that led him on this extraordinary journey to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Football

Sina Sataraka.

15-year-old Sataraka the centre of attention in 5-all draw

Samoa’s wild 5-all draw in their second game of the OFC Nations Cup against Tahiti had a bit of everything. Perhaps lucky to escape a red card for lashing out in retaliation, 15-year-old striker Sina Sataraka ended up with a hattrick.

Basketball

Teams playing at the Apia Park Gym within the Teuila Festival (Photo Anina Kazaz).

Basketball tournament kicks off

The Samoa Basketball Federation started its four-day tournament at Apia Park gym earlier this week. The various categories competing in the tournament include open women and men, Under 17 and 14 boys, girls’ teams from Upolu, Savaii and an open men’s team from American Samoa. 

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