Despite loss, Soccer team lauded

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Despite bringing home a record of four losses and one win, the Samoan squad that competed in the Preliminaries of the Oceania Football Confederation under 17 men’s Championship is still lauded.

Thursday, 22 January 2015 | Hits: 2026 | Comments

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Samoa grabs world attention

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Samoa is receiving world-class attention this week in taekwondo with two grand masters in the sport visiting the country to lift the profile of the sport.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 | Hits: 4730 | Comments

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Door opens to the United States

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The Rugby Academy Samoa’s quest to give promising young Samoan rugby players the chance to develop their talents and education overseas took another positive step.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 | Hits: 7544 | Comments

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Samoa lifts Nations’ Cup

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They have done it. The Samoa national netball team has lifted the Nations’ Cup trophy on their debut at the competition, defeating the home team, Singapore, 50-41, in the final yesterday.

Sunday, 14 December 2014 | Hits: 4313 | Comments

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Leti floors Fijian opponent

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Boxer Leti Leti (pictured) proved far too slick for his opponent last night, flooring Fijian Nareo Caukautani in the first round before putting him away in the second. 

Sunday, 7 December 2014 | Hits: 4911 | Comments

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Tim Nanai-Williams to play for Samoa

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"The Chiefs were the first ones I went to and asked for their support. It helps that I had Tom Coventry [Samoan assistant coach] there, but I'm just grateful the Chiefs have jumped on board and supported me as a player. If It wasn't for them I couldn't do this and there aren't many teams around the world who would do this, so I'm just thankful they are allowing me to follow my dreams"

Sunday, 23 November 2014 | Hits: 4600 | Comments

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David Tua planning return to boxing

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"To be honest, no. What ever will be will be. It's about looking forward and seeing what the possibilities are. Either way there would be good interest there. It will be interesting to see how it pans out. I'm definitely out of shape but I know it's not a factor. I've done it many times before. Nobody wants to comeback and lose”

Sunday, 23 November 2014 | Hits: 4504 | Comments

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Super Samoan, Mark Hunt’s power can shock the world

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Fox Sports - Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt has an opportunity few ever imagined he would get: A shot at the UFC heavyweight title.

Thursday, 13 November 2014 | Hits: 4747 | Comments

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Samoa slips to 11th on I.R.B. ranking following Italy loss

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Box Score - Samoa has slipped out of the top 10 in the IRB ranking following the loss to Italy last weekend.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 | Hits: 3824 | Comments

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For the love of Samoa

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“We weren’t about money, this group. We love our country, we love playing rugby league. That’s what this campaign is based on: honesty, family and respect. We’ve done well for ourselves”

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 | Hits: 3885 | Comments

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Samoa impresses Australian coach

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His comments came following the Kangaroos 44-18 thumping of Samoa in the third round of the Four Nations at WIN Stadium on Sunday.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 | Hits: 2601 | Comments

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Jack Lam elevated in Manu ranks

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Livewire flanker, Jack Lam, has been elevated to the seniority ranks of the Manu Samoa by being named co-captain of the Northern Hemisphere touring team.

Thursday, 6 November 2014 | Hits: 3655 | Comments

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Parish blasts officials after devastating loss

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Following a heart-breaking 14-12 loss to the Kiwis in last night’s Four Nations clash Samoan coach Matt Parish has unleashed a venomous spray in the direction of the match officials.

Sunday, 2 November 2014 | Hits: 4045 | Comments

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Toa Samoa stars questioned over fight at Hot Gossip club

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The Courier Mail - The Toa Samoa has been rocked by an unwelcomed distraction ahead of their Four Nations tournament this weekend.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014 | Hits: 4273 | Comments

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Fiji victorious, Samoa third

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In a pulsating men’s final New Zealand took the early lead but Fiji responded with some dazzling play to wrest back the initaitive with a converted try to make it 7-5 at half-time. Then converted tries to Vatemo Ravouvou and Fiji 400-metre sprinter Niko Verekauta broke the game apart for Fiji whose defence and all round play was too strong for New Zealand.

Monday, 6 October 2014 | Hits: 3814 | Comments

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The Cooks are here, ready to go

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Samoa’s Football Federation Samoa (F.F.S.) is hosting the three-day Oceania Football Championships (O.F.C) League Preliminary tournament, starting today.

Monday, 6 October 2014 | Hits: 2361 | Comments

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Lafai turns his back on Samoa

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“That’s one of my dreams and goals to play for Australia, to put on the green and gold. To represent my country, that is something I’m hoping for down the track.’’

Saturday, 4 October 2014 | Hits: 4046 | Comments

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Wengler wins historical race

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Christian Wengler (pictured) captured his first international victory in the inaugural Ford Samoa Cycle Race on yesterday evening after stamping his superior authority and conditioning on Day 3 of the Race.

Saturday, 4 October 2014 | Hits: 1723 | Comments

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Acting Prime Minister calls for best from teams

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“To those of you have been selected, take the opportunity with both hands and bring home the glory our people expect from you,” he said. “Do the best you can. Be strong and go hard.”

Monday, 29 September 2014 | Hits: 9405 | Comments

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Joseph Parker a 'better fighter' for Sherman Williams

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Auckland (Stuff) 26 August 2014 - New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker is adamant he's a far better boxer now than when he was originally scheduled to fight Sherman Williams.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 | Hits: 2918 | Comments

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Quick trip, lots to do.  

That is what Pat Shepherd from New Zealand children’s charity SpinningTop, had to say about the work that he and other volunteers are currently doing in Samoa.

Mr. Shepherd, along with about 14 other volunteers from New Zealand, is here to renovate the shelters in which the victims from the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG) are staying.

“We found out about the SVSG in March when we were here on our research trip into how we could help children in the Pacific. 

We came to see if there was any need for help here, and we found out about what SVSG does.  We asked if we could see the shelters and saw that they were in need of repairs and supplies from New Zealand,” Mr. Shepherd said.

Spinning Top approached the locals and Samoan community in New Zealand, asking them to donate any useful items for the shelters and also for the victims.

They managed to get enough donated supplies to fill a 20ft container which was shipped here at no expense, thanks to former All Black, Rodney So’oialo, who is a supporter of Spinning Top.

“Rodney and his family are supporters of our charity, so when he heard that we were going to start work in Samoa he was very excited.  He helped us not only financially, but also through his support and his networks, which have helped us get the container here for free”, Mr. Shepherd said.

Mr. Shepherd hopes that once people see the finished product of their work here, they will get more exposure and more help from overseas.

“The plan is, once we have more images to show the work that we are doing, we can tell people more about how we are working with the SVSG and how they can help and support from overseas”, Mr. Shepherd said.

The group from Spinning Top arrived last Sunday and will be leaving this Friday, with the promise that they will be back to continue their good Samaritan work here in Samoa.

“We will definitely be back.  Once this job is done, we will talk with the SVSG to see what else there needs to be done...we are looking to see how we can keep working with the SVSG to provide support for the amazing work they do”, Mr. Shepherd said.
SpinningTop began in 2006 as Children on the Edge NZ, a branch of Children on the Edge UK, which was founded by the late, great Dame Anita Roddick in 1990.

In 2011, Children on the Edge NZ became Spinning Top, an NZ based, independent, not for profit organization giving balance to vulnerable children living in poverty, whose lives have been thrown off balance through war, oppression, natural disaster and circumstances beyond their control.

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