Veteran lock Joe Tekori.

Tekori back in Manu Samoa for PNC and Rugby World Cup qualifiers

Veteran lock Joe Tekori is back in blue. He is among the squad announced by Manu Samoa’s head coach Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua and his management for the upcoming Pacific Nations Cup in Fiji and Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifying games.

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 A VALUABLE INVESTMENT: A tennis tournament carried out with help of the Australian Open Pacific Pathway and Business System Limited in supporting the development of Tennis in Samoa.

Six schools vie for B.S.L. Championship

A tennis tournament sponsored by Business Systems Limited is underway. The inter-school competition is the result of a school tennis programme sponsored by Australian Tennis and Oceania programme called A.O.P.P.

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AN INVALUABLE DONATION: Fiao’o Fa’amausili and Faimalo Mathew Lemisio with the World Cup mementoes presented to Marist.

World Cup winning captain leaves her mark at Marist

Captain of the world conquering New Zealand Women’s Black Ferns rugby team, Fiao’o Fa’amausili, has left her mark at Marist Lotopa.

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PROMOTING BADMINTON: Team Samoa Badminton Federation developing opportunities for future Badminton stars.

Developing badminton in Samoa

The Samoa Badminton Federation hosted the one-day Junior Tournament for 10-17 age groups at the Robert Louis Secondary School last week Saturday. 

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READY FOR NATIONS CUP: Samoa Tennis team will compete amongst the best in the Pacific and prelude to what we will expect from tennis for the Pacific Games in 2019.

Samoa tennis sends team to Fiji Open and Pacific Nations Cup

Samoa Tennis Incorporated will be sending a team of 10 players to compete in the Fiji Tennis Open in Denarau, Nadi, Fiji from 23 to 27 May 2018. The team comprises Steffi Carruthers, Eleanor Schuster, Leon Soonalole and Vitikaras Taufao, who will be competing in the Open Men’s and Ladies senior category. 

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Michael Wehi Mailetonga Walsh, Deputy High Commissioner of New Zealand in the middle and the Quick rip team with students from the LDS Chuch College Pesega at the programme yesterday.

Rugby legends promote healthy living

Promoting the right diet is no longer an individual concern. Through the quick rip sport, New Zealand rugby legends have taken the initiative to address non-communicable diseases starting from the grassroots level. 

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IN THE NAME OF HEALTH: Joel Khalu, Chief Executive Officer Australian Indigenous Basketball for Hoops for Health during his workshop with teachers at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the village of Lauli’i.

‘Hoops for health’ in Samoa

About 30 participants attended the three-day health and teaching workshop, Hoops for Health that started on Tuesday.

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Afega Primary Schools Year Four playing rugby

Unearthing, nurturing future champions

The Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) has started a development programme called Get into Rugby (G.I.R.) that targets primary schools around the Vaimauga and Faleata District. 

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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2013, file photo, Australia's captain Cameron Smith, bottom center, celebrates with teammates after their 34-2 win over New Zealand in their World Cup Final International Rugby League match at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, En

Maroons star Cameron Smith quits weeks before Origin opener

Cameron Smith has retired from representative rugby league, finishing a career that included 11 wins in the last 12 State of Origin series for Queensland and leading Australia to two World Cup titles.

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Touch rugby family celebrates Mother’s Day at Opens finals

The Samoa Touch Rugby Inc. (STRI) hosted its finals for the Touch the Crown Opens Tournament, sponsored by Taula Beverage Company last Saturday at the St Joseph’s College grounds at Alafua.

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FUTURE SOCCER STARS: Players and parents running in the rain.

Rain fails to dampen soccer excitement

Despite the soggy weather yesterday, excited children and parents turned up for a friendly soccer match at the JS Blatter Football Complex, Tuana’imato. The students were from Robert Louis Stevenson Primary School, Vaiala Beach School and Peace Chapel.

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ALL READY FOR THE OCEANIA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: The Samoa Football Team is all set for the upcoming games.

Samoa gears up for Oceania Football Confederation

The Samoa National Under-19 Men’s Football Team is ready for the Oceania Football Confederation Preliminary Championship 2018. The event to be held at the Cook Islands starts on 26 May and ends on 01 June.

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KEEPING IT REAL: The locals learning Kung Fu Wushu in Samoa.

New sport takes shape in Samoa

The three-day Kung Fu Wushu clinic concluded on Tuesday at the Plantation Boxing Gym in Sinamoga.

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Free help offered to lift performance

Seventy-six-year-old Tole'afoa Segiali'i Tony Heems is willing to help the Manu Samoa Sevens team. For free.

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Pesega Girls Team

Football helps students to develop and bond

Private schools in Samoa took part in the inter-school’s soccer tournament held at JS Blatter Football Complex, Tuana’imato yesterday. The participating schools were Vaiala Beach School, Robert Louis Stevenson Primary School, Peace Chapel Primary School and Pesega Middle School.

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Winners of the Open Mix: Tau Taula Strong.

Samoa Tag growing in support

The Samoa Tag held their third one-day tournament this year at Marist Mulivai over the weekend. This tournament saw an emphasis on engaging the business community who put forth eight teams. 

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Consistent in sportsmanship and team work during the tournament.

A.C.E./S.B.S. Business House Tournament Champions 2018

Last week the Samoa Touch Rugby Incorporated (S.T.R.I.) wrapped up its Business House Championship 2018 tournament after 8 competitive weeks of games. This tournament included 24 teams competing for the title (a total of 35 Government agencies and local businesses participating).

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SOUTHERN TORNADOES WITH THE CHAMP HIMSELF: Making history and ready for more Ato Plodzicki Faoagali together with the boys from Siumu and Falealili

Commonwealth medalist goes back to his roots

For Commonwealth Games silver medalist, Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali, where ever this journey may take him, Siumu will always be home. The successful young boxer took time to speak words of encouragement to the Southern Tornadoes – a newly-formed rugby team comprising players from Falealili and Siumu – at Pesega on Monday.

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PLANS FOR FUTURE: The Samoa Shooting Federation during their Annual General Meeting included in their agenda items discussions of opportunity and plans for the Federation’s future.

Shooting Federation eyes the future

The 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Samoa Shooting Federation, was held at the Traveler’s Point Hotel last Friday. Members were given the opportunity to discuss the activities and plans for the future of the Federation at the A.G.M. before the President presented a brief report and the financial report for the year 2017. 

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SAMOA AND PROUD: The Samoa Netball Team.

Double campaign for Samoa

After a long and challenging Qualifiers campaign, Samoa has secured the top spot for the Oceania Regional Qualifier with convincing wins against Tonga, P.N.G., Cook Islands and Fiji.  

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Rugby

Global legend visits Academy

Sevens rugby legend, Ben Gollings, visited the Rugby Academy Samoa (R.A.S.) at Lepea on Saturday. In the country as the special guest for the S.I.I. Sevens tournament, Gollings told the Samoa Observer that his passion is to grow rugby at grassroots level. And at R.A.S., he helped advance their cause.

Boxing

Members of the community involved in the project.

‘Against the odds’ changing lives in rural villages

Commonwealth Games boxing sliver medalist Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali is taking boxing back to the grassroots level. In partnership with Marist Boxing, they have visited two rural villages in Siumu and Falese’ela, Lefaga to promote the sport of amateur boxing in those areas.

NFL

UCLA's Josh Rosen, right, gestures next to commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Mayfield goes 1st to begin rush to get QBs in NFL draft

The Cleveland Browns' long search for a franchise quarterback has led them to Baker Mayfield — the first of four passers to be drafted in the top 10 Thursday night.

Football

Real Madrid players celebrate with the trophy after winning the Champions League Final soccer match between Real Madrid and Liverpool at the Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Wonder-goal, gaffes, injuries as Madrid seals CL three-peat

With his back to goal but eyes on the incoming cross, Gareth Bale connected with the ball while leaping in the air and sent a scissor-kick arcing into the top of the net.

Basketball

Former NBA basketball player Rasual Butler and his wife Leah LaBelle, whose given name is Leah LaBelle Vladowski, arrive at the NBA Awards at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York.

Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler, wife die in Los Angeles crash

Former NBA forward Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles early Wednesday.

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