Finals football took place in Tonga, domestic leagues kicked on in Samoa, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, while New Zealand and New Caledonia provided national team updates. Here’s the latest wrap of competition action from around the Oceania region.
The finals of Tonga’s Major League took place last weekend. Veitongo were crowned champions of the men’s competition after they beat Lotoha’apai 3-0, while Popua beat Fahefa 2-0 in the play-off for third place. In the women’s grade Veitongo downed Havelu 3-1 in the final and Nukuhetulu placed third after their 2-0 win over Toa Girls in the third and fourth play-off match.
The Papua New Guinea Kumul Petroleum National Soccer League played round eight last weekend. In the Southern Conference Tavur FC registered their first competition point after holding Southern Youth to a one-all draw, Gulf Komara beat Central Dabaris 3-1 and Hekari United FC proved too strong against Star Mountain, running out 6-2 winners. The Northern Conference saw Morobe United win 3-0 over Tusbab Stallions, Lae City beat Morobe Wawens 2-0 and Lae City Dwellers edged past Northern Youth 2-1.
Match week 13 of the Telekom S-League was played out in the Solomon Islands. FC Isabel United claimed three competition points with a 3-1 victory over Honiara City FC and Southern United FC beat current champions Henderson Eels FC 2-0. The Solomon Warriors FC edged past Marist FC 3-2 and Real Kakamora FC beat Central Coast FC 2-0. Laugu United won 3-0 over Kula FC and Wanegu United FC beat Kossa FC 2-0 in the remaining matches.
New Caledonia made an announcement on the return of their national men’s team next year after two years of inactivity due to COVID-19 restrictions. Read more about it here.
Samoa’s Upolu Youth and Senior League continues with five grades in play. In the Premier Men’s grade Vaitele uta won 4-0 against Moataa and Faatoia Utd edged past Vaiusu 1-0. Vaipuna beat Togafufua 2-0 and Lupe o le Soaga secured a 6-0 victory over Sogi. Kiwi drew with Vaivase tai 2-2 and USP won 3-2 over Lion of Judah. In the Premier Women’s grade Faatoia Utd won 4-0 against Vaipuna, Lotopa ran away 6-0 over Moataa and Kiwi won 3-0 against Faleasiu. Lupe o le Soaga beat Saleimoa 2-0, while Lepea beat Vaivase tai 4-0 in the remaining match. Click here for more results.
New Zealand Football confirmed changes to their men’s and women’s National Leagues, the Football Foundation Kate Sheppard Cup and Chatham Cup schedules, caused due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in the country. Click here to read more.