Tahiti’s top-two are triumphant, the title-holders fade in Fiji, while New Caledonia’s Super Ligue has early pacesetters amid this week’s Oceania competitions wrap.
The battle at the top of Tahiti’s Ligue 1 continues to rumble on as the top two won again. Leaders AS Dragon claimed a 6-2 win over AS Tamarii Punaruu, with goal-machine Shawn Roonui Tinirauarii scoring another five to move up the scoring charts.
AS Venus remain just one point behind in second with Teaonui Tehau’s brace helping the chasers to a 4-2 victory over AS Tamarii Temanava.
Elsewhere, both AS Tefana and AS Pueu secured big wins, beating AS Excelsior and AS Mataiea 6-1 and 8-2 respectively and AS Olympic de Mahina got the better of a five-goal thriller against AS Tiare Tahiti, winning 3-2.
Last week also saw the final of the Coupe de Marquises take place, with AS Jeunesse Marquisienne securing a 4-1 win over AS Kaoha de Hiva Oa. That result means Jeunesse Marquisienne have now qualified for the Coupe de Polynésie, in which they will face AS Central this weekend.
Rewa FC’s unbeaten start in Fiji’s Premier League continued over the weekend after a hard-fought 2-0 win over Lautoka FC. Goals from Abbu Zahid and Samuela Nabenia proved enough to claim three points against the reigning champions, whose march up the table has been brought to a halt.
It was Lautoka’s second loss in the space of a week, following a 2-1 reverse against Ba FC in midweek. That result moved Ba into second place behind current leaders Suva FC but Lautoka’s title defence looks in danger.
At the other end of the table, Labasa FC pulled themselves off the bottom with a 2-1 win over Tailevu Naitasiri FC.
Meanwhile, in the Women’s Super League Labasa FC moved into second following a 17-0 win over Tailevu Naitasiri.
Tiga Sport look like early title contenders in New Caledonia after winning their third game from three in the Super Ligue. Despite being reduced to 10-men, the early pacesetters overcame SC Ne Drehu 2-1 courtesy of goals from Lues Waya and Hnawosse Bob.
However, AS Magenta could be worthy challengers. They remain unbeaten and sit just behind in second after picking up a 2-0 win over AS Horizon Patho.
Hienghène Sport fought off Qanono Sports in a 3-2 thriller, while AS Mont-Dore also picked up a win seeing off the challenge of AS Lössi with a 3-1 triumph. At the bottom of the table, both JS Baco and AS Wetr are still waiting for their first win, after 3-0 and 2-1 losses to Dumbéa FC and AS Kunié respectively.