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Oceania competitions wrap – New Zealand’s National League begins

The New Zealand Women’s National League Championship 2022 kicked off at the weekend. Photo credit: Photosport/NZF.

The National League kicks off in New Zealand, cup draws are decided in New Caledonia and there’s exciting women’s action from the Solomon Islands, Cook Islands and Samoa in this week’s Oceania competitions wrap.

New Zealand’s National League Championship 2022 began last weekend, with the first round of fixtures in the Women’s National League Championship.

Western Springs AFC produced the most eye-catching result of the opening games, Sofia Garcia scoring a hat-trick in a 6-1 win over Southern United which takes them top of the table.

There were also wins for Eastern Suburbs AFC and Canterbury United Pride while Auckland United FC and Northern Rovers FC drew 1-1 in a repeat of the recent 2022 Kate Sheppard Cup final.

In New Caledonia, the Coupe de Calédonie semi-final draw is now set. AS Kunié will face Hienghène Sport while AS Lössi will take on Tiga Sport in the final four.

Lossi defeated second-tier OC Hmeleck Nouméa 2-1 in their quarter-final clash earlier this month while Hienghène overcame AS Wetr 1-0. Kunié and Tiga both needed penalties to get past Horizon Patho and AS Magenta.  The semis will be played on October 2 at Stade Numa Daly in Nouméa.

The domestic cup final for the Coupe de Calédonie Féminine has been set following the recent semi-final fixtures. FCF Académie will meet ASAF in October’s final after 3-0 and 10-0 wins over SC Ne Drehu and ASC Boulouparis respectively.

Henderson Eels and Koloale FC continue to dominate in the Solrais Women’s Premier League in the Solomon Islands. Both have won their first four games, with the Eels most recently beating Ha’arosia FC 5-0 while Koloale beat Marist FC 2-0.

In the Cook Islands, Tupapa Maraerenga have moved top of the Premier Men’s division after a 6-0 rout of Puaikura FC. Matavera FC earned a 1-0 win over Titikaveka while Nikao Sokattak FC and Avatiu FC played out a 0-0 draw.

In the Senior Women’s division Puaikura caused an upset by defeating defending champions Tupapa 2-1. Avatiu v Nikao Sokattak and Matavera v Titikaveka both ended in draws.

In Samoa, Vaipuna SC picked up a big win in the National Premier League Women’s division. They defeated ADIDAS SC 7-0 in a rearranged fixture from earlier in the season that keeps them in pursuit of the leading pack. Kiwi FC remain unbeaten at top of the league, their most recent win being a 5-0 result over Lepea SC.

In the Premier Men’s division, Vaivase-tai FC had to work hard against struggling Faatoia United to maintain top spot, winning 1-0. Vaipuna and Kiwi’s 1-1 draw allowed Lupe Ole Soaga SC to move into third with a big win over Lepea.

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