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American Samoa varsity leagues crown winners

Action from the Varsity final in American Samoa. Photo Credit: FFAS Media

Samoana High School claimed the Junior Varsity and Varsity titles in American Samoa’s schoolboys competition during the weekend.

Played at Pago Park Soccer Stadium, Samoana’s Junior Varsity team won their final 4-1 over Nu’uuli Vocational Technical High School, while the Varsity side beat Leone High School 2-0.

Junior Varsity players are 14 to 16 years of age, while the Varsity league is for 17 and 18-year-olds; Samoana’s Rock Kaleopa was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the competition, while Xavior Leatualevao was the MVP of the finals.

In the bronze medal matches, Fa’asao Marist High School beat Tafuna High School 3-1 in the Junior Varsity section and Fa’asao Marist topped Nu’uuli Vocational Technical 2-1 in the Varsity competition.

Football Federation American Samoa is targeting the possibility of beginning this year’s Senior League in July.

No national league took place last year due to COVID-19 but Pago Youth won the 2019 competition and will look to defend their title.

In Fiji, after four rounds of the Digicel Premier League, four teams are tied on seven points at the top of the ladder.

Ba, Suva, Nadi and Lautoka have all won two, drawn one and lost one to open their respective campaigns.

Ba managed to hold onto first place on the table due to their superior goal difference, despite losing 2-1 to Lautoka on Sunday.

Lautoka’s goals came through Dave Radrigai and Sairusi Nalaubu, while striker Darold Kakasi got on the score sheet for Ba.

Nadi made it two on the bounce on their home turf after they edged defending champions Suva 1-0 in wet conditions courtesy of a 20th minute winner from Sakaraia Naisua.

Further down the table, Labasa got their first win of the season as they beat Nadroga 1-0 on Saturday after opening their campaign with three draws.

Rewa beat Navua 2-1 on Sunday, which marked their maiden win of the year, while Navua remained anchored to the foot of the table.

In the Digicel Women’s Super League, Ba continued their unbeaten run after easing past Nadroga 15-0 in Lautoka on Sunday.

They sit at the top of the table in the early stages of the season and in the round’s other matches, Rewa beat Suva 1-0 and Labasa topped Tailevu Naitasiri 7-0.

Rewa, in red, edged Suva 1-0 during their clash on Sunday. Photo Credit: Fiji FA Media

In Tahiti, Pirae beat Dragon 4-2 on Saturday to move to the top of the Ligue 1 standings as Dragon fell to second.

Pueu beat Excelsior 6-3 on Sunday and only trail Dragon on goal difference, while AS Venus remained in fourth after they hammered Tiare Tahiti 6-1.

In the week’s other fixtures, which were all played on Sunday, Tefana beat Mataiea 7-2, Jeunes Tahitiens breezed past Olympic Mahina 6-1 and Manu Ura defeated Arue 8-0.

The draw for the Tahiti Cup was held late last week, which features teams from Ligue 1 and 2.

AS Venus won the event in 2019 and it wasn’t held last year due to COVID-19.

Venus will open their title defence against AS Tiare Hinano on April 11, while Tefana and Mataiea will get the competition underway two days prior.

Eight teams have byes in the opening round and the Round of 16 is set to be held in June, building to the final the following month.

New Zealand’s new National League got underway during the weekend with the 12-team Northern League and 10-team Central League playing their first matches. Results can be found here.

The competition also includes a Southern League that will begin later in the winter season and will provide two teams for the National League Championship at the end of the year.

In Vanuatu, Mauri FC won the Port Vila Futsal League Opening Knockout Tournament, while Aim FC claimed second with the Southern Legends in third.

Football in Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia remains on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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