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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New Zealand team members perform the Haka before their International Rugby League match against England, at Elland Road in Leeds, England, Sunday Nov. 11, 2018. (Richard Sellers/PA via AP)

Kiwis thrash England 34-0 to avoid rugby league whitewash

England lost its scoring touch and unbeaten record for 2018 as New Zealand cruised to a 34-0 win at Elland Road to avoid a rugby league series whitewash on Sunday.

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Gold medalist Tai Vili with coach Johannes Keil.

Samoa gets gold in body building

Tai Vili has won gold for Samoa in the over 70kgs category at the South Pacific Bodybuilding Championship in Rarotonga. The tournament in the Cook Islands was held under the umbrella of the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (I.F.B.B.). 

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

Professional environment key to O.F.C. Nations Cup preparation

The Samoa women’s national football team have spent the last week in camp ahead of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Nations Cup. They fly out on Tuesday for the World Cup and Olympic qualifying tournament which is hosted in New Caledonia.

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Eight weeks remain in the competition, with the winning club going on to represent Samoa in the 2019 Oceania Champions League. Photo: Misiona Simo.

National football league continues

Week 12 of the Upolu National Football League concluded at the Tuanaimato fields yesterday afternoon. Moaula FC and Vaiusu SC played out an entertaining 2-all draw, with Moaula’s U16 national team representative Samu Galu Tauasa nabbing an equaliser with the last kick of the game.

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Manu topped their pool on Friday, beat Cook Islands in the quarter finals yesterday but lost to eventual Oceania 7s champions Fiji in the semis.

Third place joy for Samoa

The Manu Samoa 7s prevailed over Australia in a see-saw 3rd place playoff at the Oceania Sevens in Fiji last night. Samoa started the game well, as Kerisimasi Savai’inaea ran in the first try off a great inside line.

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POTENTIAL IN SAMOA: Gridiron session at the Marist Brother’s Primary School.

Free gridiron clinic first step towards U.S. College scholarship

Samoa Gridiron is offering high school students a chance to further their education through sport. Boys aged 12-18 can come along to free gridiron coaching clinics at the Marist Brother’s Primary School this week.

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Copyright photo: Chris Mangnall / www.photosport.nzEngland's Elliott Whitehead  tackled by New Zealand's Isaac Liu and Shaun Johnson.International Rugby League Series - England v New Zealand Kiwis at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England. 4 November 2018.Co

Makinson treble helps England win rugby league series vs NZ

Winger Tom Makinson put on a show with a hat trick of tries for England to beat New Zealand 20-14 at Anfield on Sunday and wrap up their three-test rugby league series with a game to spare.

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Referee Sara Cox ahead of the rugby premiership match between Wasps and Northampton at The Ricoh Arena.

Sara Cox 1st female to referee top-flight English rugby game

Sara Cox has become the first female to referee a top-level English rugby union match. The 28-year-old Cox, who became the world's first female professional rugby referee in 2016, took charge of Northampton's 15-14 Premiership Cup victory at Wasps on Sunday.

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CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 03: Maori All Blacks Ash Dixon (2) runs with the ball in action during the Rugby Weekend match between the New Zealand Maori All Blacks and the USA Eagles on November 3, 2018 at Soldier Field, in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Robin

New Zealand Maori beat United States 59-22

New Zealand Maori scored nine tries to three and overcame three yellow cards to beat the United States 59-22 in a rugby international at Soldier Field on Sunday, stretching their unbeaten record against the USA to five games.

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England's Owen Farrell, left, tackles South Africa's Andre Esterhuizen near the end during the rugby union international between England and South Africa at Twickenham stadium in London.

England's Farrell escapes citing for shoulder-led tackle

Co-captain Owen Farrell escaped a citing on Sunday for his shoulder-led tackle at the end of England's win over South Africa at Twickenham. World Rugby said there were no citings arising from the test following reviews, or from the Wales-Scotland and Ireland-Italy matches on Saturday.

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The current Mr. Samoa 2017, John Lemoa preparing for the South Pacific Bodybuilding Championship.

Bodybuilding team set to take on Championship stage

The Bodybuilding Federation of Samoa (B.B.F.S.) has sent a team to participate in the South Pacific Bodybuilding Championship in Rarotonga, Cook Islands.

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Savai’i Sevens team was crowned champions of the 2018 Bluesky Iva Savaii 7s tournament.

Savai’i Development wins Bluesky Iva Sevens

The Savai’i Sevens team are the champions of the 2018 Bluesky Iva Savaii 7’s Tournament. They defeated Lulu Mai Vini, 26-7, in the final played at Prince Edward Park last Saturday.

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New Zealand's Esan Marsters is tackled by England's Jonny Lomax and John Bateman during the International Friendly at The KCOM Stadium in Hull, England, Saturday Oct. 27, 2018. (Dave Howarth/PA via AP)

England overcome Kiwis 18-16 in rugby league

A 60-meter try by center Oliver Gildart on debut helped England overcome New Zealand 18-16 in the opening match of the three-test rugby league series on Saturday.

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One of the players from Magele and Miracle construction.

Cricket action at Garden Oval

The Samoa International Cricket Association (S.I.C.A.) kickstarted its annual Business House competition last Wednesday at the Garden Oval Cricket Ground, Tuanaimato. 

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TAG WINNERS: Tau Warriors won the Tau Tag 6th one-day tournament.

Tau Warriors win

The Tau Warriors won against Tau Maroons in the final for the open men’s division at the Tau Tag’s sixth one-day tournament on Saturday.

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Then there is the economical factor in exposing the Big Island as a tourism destination and ideal for business investment.

Pacific Games 2019 box on in Savai’i

On the heels of the successful Miss Samoa Pageant staged in Savaii two months ago, the 2019 Pacific Games Organising Committee is following suit banking on the outpour of support from the Big Island to deliver one of the best international sporting event to be staged on the Big Island.

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Rugby

Japan's William Tupou is tackled by New Zealand's Angus Ta'avao their rugby test at the Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan on $18 per day; England on $32K per test

Japan is playing England this weekend for the first time since the so-called amateur era. And being paid like it. Coach Jamie Joseph says his team of "amateurs" receives less than $18 a day on tour.

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

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and his partner Georgina sit in the stands prior to the Champions League, group H soccer match between Juventus and Young Boys, at the Allianz stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Cristiano Ronaldo denies rape accusations on social media

Cristiano Ronaldo denied the accusations of rape against him, saying Wednesday that he had a "clear conscience" as he awaits the conclusions of an investigation.

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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