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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
England will open the 2021 Rugby League World Cup as host and will be seeded alongside titleholder Australia, New Zealand and Tonga.
England wing Chris Ashton will miss playing Australia on Saturday at Twickenham because of a left calf injury.
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.
He can laugh about it now, the concept of being "too big" that led him on this extraordinary journey to the Philadelphia Eagles.
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.
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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