Tonga guard Marcus Alipate driving to the hoop against Tahiti during the Polynesian Basketball Cup.

‘Cool Runnings’ of basketball want to carry momentum forward

Last Saturday night, the Tongan national men’s basketball team received their bronze medals at the FIBA Polynesia Cup in Samoa.

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Peter hedge, mike Webster vp of Samoa Triathlon Union, Seti Afoa, Sara Moriarty, Ben gathercole. Photo: Thomas Airey.

Samoa Triathlon Union receives donation on eve of Pacific Island Champs

The Samoa Triathlon Union received a donation of equipment from the World Triathlon Union and Triathlon Australia yesterday at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel.

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The Pacific Games will have 16 teams (eight men and eight women) so it’s a significant increase on the Polynesian Cup.

Samoa will be ‘fantastic hosts’ for basketball at the Pacific Games

The International Basketball Federation have praised Samoa for their hosting of the FIBA Polynesian Cup last week.

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Vai Ripley (left) with Samoa’s Fealofani Cup winning team.

Local sailor proud to carry flag for Samoa again

Samoa’s lone local representative at the Sir Peter Blake Regatta is excited to sail for her country again.

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Loto Taumafai School, Aoga Fiamalamalama, and Senese took part in the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) programme.

Netball Samoa part of special needs sports day

The Samoan national netball team attended the Special Needs School (Inclusive Education) Sports Day at N.U.S. Gym yesterday. Loto Taumafai School, Aoga Fiamalamalama, and Senese took part in the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) programme.

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Samoa won bronze at the FIBA Womens’ Polynesian Basketball Cup at N.U.S. Gym yesterday.

Samoa finish third on home soil

Samoa won bronze at the FIBA Womens’ Polynesian Basketball Cup at N.U.S. Gym yesterday. They defeated American Samoa 70-53 to take a spot on the podium.

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Senira Sua receiving best female batsman award.

Business House cricket wraps up

The final matches and prizegiving of the Business House cricket competition took place at the Tuanaimato fields on Friday evening.

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GOING HARD: Manu Sina gave it their best against Fiji, but it wasn’t good enough.

Manu Sina second in Fiji

Samoa lost their final game of the Oceania Women’s Rugby Championship to defending champions Fiji 43-12. The match between the two remaining unbeaten teams at the tournament is Samoa’s first loss since returning to the international scene after four years in the wilderness.

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Action from the Final last night.

Silver for Samoa at Polynesian Cup

Two close defeats to Tahiti bookended an otherwise successful FIBA Polynesian Cup for the Samoa men’s basketball team. Samoa were beaten 77-73 in the final last night at N.U.S. Gym for their second loss of the tournament.

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Frances Teneva Ropati (number 10) and the rest of the Samoa national team.

Samoa settles for a shot at third

For the second time in three days the Samoa national women’s basketball team lost to Tahiti at the FIBA Polynesia Cup. Last night’s 91-75 semifinal loss puts Samoa in the Bronze medal match against American Samoa at 1pm today at the N.U.S. Gym.

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Benjamin Tamanikaiyaroi.

Athletes weigh in for Mr Samoa

Competitors in tonight’s Mr Samoa 2018 bodybuilding competition registered and weighed in at the S.T.A. Fale yesterday. Former Mr Samoa champion and this year’s guest poser Karl Tui Adam was present to talk to the competition hopefuls.

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Samoan team will play for a chance at the top seed in those semi-finals against Tonga.

Samoa book semi-final place with big win

Samoa were dominant throughout their 99-63 win over American Samoa in their third game of the FIBA Men’s Polynesian Cup at the N.U.S. Gym last night.

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Theresa Maelegameli Vaaelua shoots over the Tahiti defence.

Brave Samoa outclassed in the end by Tahiti

Samoa face a rematch against Tahiti in the FIBA Polynesian Women’s Basketball Cup semi-final after losing 76-53 to them yesterday.

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Sui Pauaraisa (far right). Photo: Supplied.

Captain Fantastic leading charge for Manu Sina

The Manu Sina are making the most of what captain Sui Pauaraisa of Foailalo calls an “amazing opportunity”. She has lead a squad with almost no international experience to two wins from two at the Oceania Rugby Womens 15s Championship in Fiji.

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Tonga’s Obadaiah Paea drives at the American Samoa defence during their 71-70 loss at the FIBA Polynesian Cup yesterday.

Tonga lose 71-70, but their presence alone is a win

The Tonga men’s national basketball team lost their opening game of the FIBA Polynesian Cup, but the greater victory was the fact they got on the court at all.

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The Samoa national team in action on the first day of the F.I.B.A. Polynesian Cup Basketball tournament which officially kicked off at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) gymnasium yesterday.

Polynesian Cup gets underway

The FIBA Polynesian Cup basketball tournament officially kicked off yesterday at the National University of Samoa gym. The host Samoa, Cooks Islands, Tahiti, American Samoa and Tonga will go head-to-head in the six-day tournament. The tournament will feature both men’s and women’s teams and will use a round robin format in the group stage, with the top four teams qualifying for the finals.

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The Samoa national team in action on the first day of the F.I.B.A. Polynesian Cup Basketball tournament which officially kicked off at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) gymnasium yesterday.

Day 1 Recap of the 2018 Polynesia Cup

Cook Islands' veteran-savvy overwhelmed a young Samoa side in the Women's Division of the 2018 Polynesian Cup to take a commanding 80-47 victory. The ladies in green kept their defensive pace high, hounding the host nation with their full-court pressure defense.

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John Lemoa getting guidance from coach Johan Keil.  Photos: Thomas Aire

Bodybuilders check in ahead of Mr Samoa 2018

The reigning Mr Samoa is excited to defend his title at this year’s competition next Saturday. Athletes competing met Samoa Bodybuilding Federation (S.B.F.) coach Johan Keil at his gym yesterday morning to check in ahead of Mr Samoa 2018.

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Samoa WNT training in New Caledonia.

Samoa’s OFC Nations Cup begins

The Samoan national women’s football team think the extra time they have spent in New Caledonia will put them in good shape for the OFC Nations Cup.

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AIM FOR GOLD: The Samoa weightlifting team is keen to build on its success at the recent IWF World Championships in Turkmenistan.

Lifters back into training

The Samoan weightlifting team were back in heavy training on Friday after returning from the IWF World Championships held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on Wednesday.

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Rugby

Samoa 10th at Cape Town Sevens

Samoa 7s played in the Challenge final yesterday/this morning for the second World Rugby Sevens Series event in a row. However after last week’s 9th place finish in Dubai, Samoa finished 10th overall having lost their final 14-38 to Argentina.

Boxing

Tyson Fury, of England, lies on the canvas after being knocked down by Deontay Wilder during the 12th round of a WBC heavyweight championship boxing match.

Wilder hoping for a rematch with Fury 'ASAP'

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says he wants a rematch with Tyson Fury "ASAP."

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

Sina Sataraka.

15-year-old Sataraka the centre of attention in 5-all draw

Samoa’s wild 5-all draw in their second game of the OFC Nations Cup against Tahiti had a bit of everything. Perhaps lucky to escape a red card for lashing out in retaliation, 15-year-old striker Sina Sataraka ended up with a hattrick.

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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