B.S.L Marketing Manager Leeroy Feaunati

Schools Netball Champs of Champs kick off

The Business System Limited (B.S.L.) and Bluesky School Netball Champ of Champs 2018 kicked off the first day of the tournament yesterday morning. Held at the National University of Samoa Gymnasium, 20 Secondary Schools from all over Samoa were first assembled for the opening ceremony before taking the battling out in Court.

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DEVELOPING THROUGH GRASSROOT LEVEL: Girls participating in the Lefaga and Safata International Cricket tourney.

Cricket tournament for Safata and Lefaga Schools

Samoa International Cricket Association hosted a two-day international cricket competition for the Lefaga and Safata Under-15 girls.

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Feagaiga Stowers of Samoa poses with the gold medal for the Women’s +90kg Final during the Weightlifting on day five of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Stowers a special athlete

Samoa’s golden girl, Feagaiga Stowers, not only is a champion, but a special athlete. National weightlifting coach, Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork, made this comment during an interview with the Samoa Observer. 

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President of Samoa Weightlifting and Coach Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork.

Junior weightlifters set to hit the gym

After a marvelous performance in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, Samoa Weightlifting Juniors is set to hit the gym again. The Samoa National Weightlifting Junior team includes Silver medalists, 18-year-old Don Opeloge and 17-year-old Gold medalist’s female lifter, Feagaiga Stowers.

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Outstanding sportsmanship recognised

A Tongan/New Zealand weightlifter has won a prestigious award at the Commonwealth Games for outstanding sportsmanship in helping a Samoan weightlifter.

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Centre of Development participants with coaches. Photo:F.F.S.

Football Samoa develops grassroots

The Football Federation Samoa Center of Development Programme is back. The reintroduction of the programme as part of the Football Federation Samoa’s (F.F.S.) technical programme for 2018 was held last week Thursday. 

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National Weightlifting Team Head Coach, Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork.

Funding a key impediment

It’s high time that Samoa invests more on its national weightlifting team and gives it the recognition it deserves. 

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Fiji's Josua Tuisova.

Pulling power of Fiji rugby obvious at Commonwealth Games

The Fijian netball team went missing Saturday on the Gold Coast, failing to turn up to watch the semifinals of their Commonwealth Games sport.

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David Afamasaga.

Crisis for Manu Samoa Sevens at the Commonwealth Games

The Manu Samoa Sevens has perhaps had its worst performance at the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, losing both of its opening games in embarrassing fashion yesterday.

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B.B.E Ulalei Vaiala team after their game against Marist St Joseph’s.

Vaiala overcomes Marist

B.B.E. Ulalei Vaiala Rugby Club stopped a famous challenge from Marist yesterday in a match that could have seen the 2018 Taula Apia Rugby Union Club shield travel to the west of Upolu.

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Former Olympic and world sprint champion Usain Bolt, right, watches finals events with Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, left, at Carrara Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Surprises highlight big night at Commonwealth Games track

It was a night of surprises Thursday on the track at the Commonwealth Games.

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Seain Cook of Scotland serves the ball while playing in a preliminary round mens beach volleyball match with teammate Robin Miedzybrodzki against Sri Lanka at the Coolangatta Beachfront during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Beach volleyball playing for a Commonwealth Games future

More than gold medals were on the line in beach volleyball on the Gold Coast, with the sport playing for its Commonwealth Games future.

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Shaunae Miller-Uibo reacts after winning her women's 200m semifinal at Carrara Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

In duel of Olympic champions, Miller-Uibo edges Thompson

Shaunae Miller-Uibo got the better of a side-by-side duel with Elaine Thompson in a rehearsal for the 200-meter final at the Commonwealth Games.

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South Africa's Caster Semenya gestures after winning the women's 1500m final at Carrara Stadium during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Semenya smashes games 1,500 record, on track for double.

Long after smashing the Commonwealth Games 1,500-meter record to set herself up for a middle-distance double, Caster Semenya passed Isaac Makwala under the stadium and gave the Botswana sprinter a congratulatory hug.

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PROGRAMME FACILITATOR: Oloialii Niu Sila Opeloge mentoring the young players during the programme.

Weightlifting for Secondary Schools

More than 50 students and future weightlifting stars took part in an introductory programme at Leiifiifi College Hall yesterday. They were from four secondary schools in Samoa including Papauta Girls High School, Faleata College, Maluafou College and Leiifiifi College.

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STRONG AND DETERMINED: Players set for International Tennis Federation Juniors East Pacific Regional Championships.

I.T.F. East Pacific Regional underway

Four countries, including the host  Samoa, are competing in the 2018 International Tennis Federation Juniors East Pacific Regional Championships. The tournament commences on Monday 9th April, 2018. The teams are Tonga, American Samoa, Cook Islands and Tahiti.

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Tears from Samoa’s new found heroes

Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre in the Gold Coast, Australia, came to a standstill twice while the Samoan flag was hoisted. It was a proud moment for all Samoans alike, as Sanele Mao and Feagaiga Stowers, stood among the world’s best lifters to receive their gold medals from the Commonwealth Games.

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Samoa’s Commonwealth heroes teary upon arrival

Samoa’s golden weightlifters have returned. Feagaiga Stowers and Sanele Mao touched down at the Faleolo International Airport this morning. They could not hold back their tears as they shared with the Samoa Observer their journey to scooping a gold medal each at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. 

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ZONE D UNDER 19 BOYS CHAMPIONS: Wesley College.

Wesley College tops Zone D School’s Rugby 15s

Wesley College reigned supreme during the Zone D Secondary Schools 15’s Rugby competition on Friday last week. They defeated arch rivals, Leulumoega Fou College, 12-3 in the finals.

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GAME TIME: Contributing to the International Day of Sports for Development of Peace, the Netball Samoa commenced their 2018 National Netball League tournament last week.

Netball League Kick-off

Netball Samoa kicked-off their 2018 National Netball League tournament last week Saturday at the National University of Samoa gymnasium. 

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Rugby

Leiifiifi College player fends off St Joseph’s defender.

Leiifiifi College to face Wesley College for final

Leiifiifi College Rugby team and Wesley College are set to go for the 2018 National Schools Rugby 15s Championships Under-19 boys’ grand finale today. The final day will see two remaining teams of the three divisions Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19 go head to head at the St Joseph’s College grounds.

Boxing

Philippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, left, and Argentine WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse pose for photographers as they hold the WBA welterweight champion belt during a press conference in Manila.

Pacquiao clarifies his split with trainer Roach is not final

Manny Pacquiao hasn't entirely turned his back on a 16-year working relationship with trainer Freddie Roach.

NFL

A Philadelphia Eagles fan chants while waiting for the team to arrive at Philadelphia International Airport a day after defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis.

Mayor hopes 'knucklehead contingent' avoids Eagles parade

An estimated 2 million people celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles' long-awaited first Super Bowl win will descend on the city Thursday as the Vince Lombardi trophy is paraded through five miles of jubilant fans.

Football

FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during a press conference after the FIFA Council Meeting, in Bogota.

FIFA finally approves video review to use at World Cup

FIFA has finally and fully approved video review to help referees at the World Cup.

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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