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Hienghène and Kunie on top in New Cal

Hienghène Sport are leading the Super Ligue in New Caledonia. Photo Credit: Geoffray Une

Hienghène Sport and AS Kunie are the leading teams after three rounds of the Super Ligue in New Caledonia.

Hienghène, traditionally one of the strongest clubs in the country, defeated AS Wetr 4-2 during the weekend, while Kunie edged AS Magenta 1-0.

Both Hienghène and Kunie are on 12 competition points with the former ahead due to a superior goal difference.

Defending champions Tiga Sport beat Dumbéa FC 5-1 on Saturday as they solidified their hold on third place.

In the weekend’s other fixtures, JS Baco beat RC Poindimie 2-0, Qanono Sport topped AS Mont-Dore 4-1, and AS Lossi defeated Horizon Patho 2-0.

Pirae have gone to the top of the Ligue 1 playoff ladder in Tahiti following a 3-2 win over Dragon during the weekend.

AS Venus kept the pressure on Pirae as they remained unbeaten in the playoffs with a 4-0 win over Pueu, while Tefana beat Central Sport by the same margin.

In the bottom half of the ladder, Mataiea defeated Manu Ura 5-3, Excelsior beat Arue 3-1 and, Olympic Mahina and Jeunes Tahitiens drew 1-1.

You can see some of the latest action from Tahiti in this video below. Please note: this is a French language video.

Auckland United FC have moved to the top of the Northern League in New Zealand’s men’s National League following a 2-0 win over Western Springs AFC last Friday night.

Auckland City FC slipped to second after they went down 3-2 to North Shore United AFC on Saturday but City do have a game in hand over Auckland United.

Birkenhead United moved to fourth with a 9-0 victory over the third-placed Melville United.

In the Central League, Miramar Rangers and Wellington Olympic remain in first and second respectively after they continued their winning ways during the weekend. For the latest points tables and results, click here.

Meanwhile, Auckland City FC paid tribute to stalwart Albert Riera who left the club this week after he was confirmed as the new head coach of Northern League rivals the West Coast Rangers.

A-League club the Wellington Phoenix announced they will play two of their regular season matches in New Zealand following the opening of the trans-Tasman travel bubble with Australia.

New Zealand Football’s eFootball team registered their first wins in the FIFAe Nations Series but failed to qualify for the FIFAe Nations Cup.

Offshore, All Whites striker Chris Wood scored his 150th goal in English football but couldn’t help Burnley avoid a 2-1 defeat to West Ham United in the Premier League.

In the Solomon Islands, Koloale FC are the only team who have registered a perfect four wins from as many matches to start the Solrais Women’s Premier League.

Koloale beat Borderline United 12-0 on Sunday as part of a busy day that saw plenty of goals as the RSIPF Royals beat Ha’arosia 15-0 and Frigates United eased past Haura FC 5-0.

In Saturday’s fixtures, Marist FC beat West Honiara 4-1, while Solright topped Naha 4-0.

While Koloale lead the league, the Royals are in second with three wins and a draw to begin their campaign and they’re ahead of Solright on goal difference with Frigates United in fourth.

The Solomon Islands Football Federation also confirmed the renewal of their sponsorship agreement with Telekom who have the naming rights to their men’s national league.

The 2020/2021 Telekom S-League concluded in March and the Henderson Eels claimed their maiden title.

In the Cook Islands, the Kia Orana Youth Football Festival is underway, and you can follow all of the action via their Facebook page.

Action from the youth festival in the Cook Islands. Photo Credit: CIFA Media

Meanwhile, the Papua New Guinea Football Association in conjunction with the Women’s National Soccer League Interim Standing Committee have agreed to cancel the rest of their season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Women’s National Soccer League playoffs were set to take place in late March but were delayed due to coronavirus concerns.

Poro FC, FC Genesis, Sepik FC and NCD Hekari United FC were the clubs that had advanced to the knockout stages in the inaugural season of the competition.

Given the matches are unable to be played, no winner will be declared for the season.

The Tonga Football Association is holding a three-day capacity building workshop in Tongatapu this week with 25 attendees. The guest of honour is Peter Lund who is the New Zealand Deputy High Commissioner to Tonga.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, football remains on hold in Fiji.

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