Shooters vie for ranking and Games selection

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Last Saturday was an exciting time for the members of the Samoa Shooting Federation (SSF) as they gathered at the Tafaigata Shooting range to compete in the Apia Clay Target Club’s (ACTC) TOP 100 Shooting Competition. A total of nineteen shooters took part to compete for the Poloa Finance Grade A Trophy and Poloa Builders Grade B Trophy.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 | Hits: 162 | Comments

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Medals, records and more to come

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PR - Four Gold, three Silver and five Bronze medals was the haul from the Oceania Athletics Area Championships held in Rarotonga, Cook Islands recently according to Athletics Samoa Coach, Faleomavaega Vaovai Tupu.

Saturday, 9 August 2014 | Hits: 955 | Comments

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Under 15’s netball make an entrance

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PR - Having completed their first round, the “A” division of the Polynesian Shipping Line National League took a break on Saturday to allow for the new comers of the League - the Under 15’s – to kick off their tournament with two rounds on the first day.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014 | Hits: 1043 | Comments

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Leota targets world champs after defeat

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Wellington, (3news) 05 August 2014 - After returning from three years out of international netball, Silver Fern Liana Leota is targeting next year’s World Cup.

Wednesday, 6 August 2014 | Hits: 986 | Comments

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Departing young N.S.W. star Alofa wants to finish on high

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AAP - He is the league convert that upstaged Benji Marshall’s first rugby experience in Sydney - and now Auckland-born NSW Waratahs’ wing Alofa Alofa is aiming to finish his short Super Rugby stint in style.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 | Hits: 1796 | Comments

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Samoa to chase former All Blacks for National Team

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Although the union had yet to ‘set out on a player hunt’, it planned to investigate some players in the near future, Sua Vaai said.

Thursday, 24 July 2014 | Hits: 2880 | Comments

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Manly boss hits out over player rumours

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Sydney (Sydney Morning Herald) July 23, 2014 - Manly Boss David Perry has gone to the NRL over concerns rival clubs are illegally approaching his star players with inducements to break their current contracts.

Thursday, 24 July 2014 | Hits: 1058 | Comments

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Warriors drop David Fusitu'a after poor display

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“We’re optimistic he’ll be fine because he’s not showing any symptoms at the moment.”

Thursday, 24 July 2014 | Hits: 781 | Comments

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Umaga is just what Super Rugby needs

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Former New Zealand All Blacks captain Tana Umaga’s interest to coach a Singapore franchise bidding to play in the prestigious Super Rugby championship will give the local game a huge boost, said Singapore Rugby Union (SRU) president Low Teo Ping.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 | Hits: 1061 | Comments

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Warriors make two changes for Manly clash

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(STUFF) 22 July 2014 - Warriors coach Andrew McFadden has tweaked his lineup, making two changes for Sunday’s clash with NRL leaders Manly in Auckland.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 | Hits: 523 | Comments

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Pacific rugby league series in pipeline

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Fiji Times - A possible Pacific Tri-Series tournament Samoa, Fiji and Tonga is in the pipeline.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 | Hits: 1468 | Comments

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Tomahawks overcome Toa Residents in Hawaii

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Samoa levelled the scores after the break but the US scored twice to lead 18-6 with nine minutes remaining, before the Toa grabbed a consolation try in the final minute to cut the deficit to six points.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 | Hits: 732 | Comments

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Tommy guns into Friendly fire

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Auckland (NZHerald) - Warriors coach Andrew McFadden has a nice, but uncomfortable headache to deal with after the return from injury of Thomas Leuluai.

Monday, 21 July 2014 | Hits: 584 | Comments

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Joseph Parker climbs up WBO rankings

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(3news) 19 July 2104 - New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker has climbed to No 15 on the WBO's latest rankings.

Sunday, 20 July 2014 | Hits: 1260 | Comments

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Right time for Nonu return

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Auckland, (STUFF) July 16, 2014 - In what could be his final year in New Zealand rugby, Ma’a Nonu believes he returns to the Hurricanes a better player, and person, next season.

Thursday, 17 July 2014 | Hits: 838 | Comments

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Messi meek amidst German glory

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Brasillia (Reuters) July 14, 2014 - Lionel Messi walked up the steps at the Maracana. It was at the end of 120 minutes of yesterday’s gripping World Cup final and the Argentine was collecting a revered golden trophy, one befitting his status as the greatest player of his generation.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 | Hits: 684 | Comments

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N.Z. sports photographer to cover the Samoa swim series

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“For me Samoa is a stunning location, amazing people, challenging events and of course some winter sun,” says Taylor.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 | Hits: 797 | Comments

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Matai could be heading to Mt Smart

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Sydney (Herald on Sunday) Jul 13, 2014 - Steve Matai has revealed he has repeatedly sought a release from Manly and wants to join the Warriors next season.

Monday, 14 July 2014 | Hits: 944 | Comments

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Thomas Leuluai may be returning to Wigan

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Auckland (Sunday News) 13/07/2014 - The Warriors say they will do whatever they can to keep Thomas Leuluai after rumours the Kiwis five-eighth was considering a return to Wigan.

Monday, 14 July 2014 | Hits: 595 | Comments

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Parker's heavyweight ranking is set to rocket

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Auckland (Sunday News) 13/07/2014 - Joseph Parker's busy and successful schedule has seen him rewarded with a rapid rise in the heavyweight rankings.

Monday, 14 July 2014 | Hits: 1392 | 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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