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Action from the Super Ligue clash between JS Baco and AS Wetr in New Caledonia: Photo Credit: Mye UNE

Hienghène Sport continued their charge at the top of New Caledonia’s Super Ligue with a 3-1 win over AS Kunie during the latest round of competition.

They hold a six-point lead over Tiga Sport, who defeated Qanono Sport 2-1 on Saturday, while the third-placed AS Lössi squeezed past Dumbéa FC 1-0.

In the league’s other matches, there were goals galore as AS Magenta and SC Ne Drehu drew 3-3, while JS Baco edged AS Wetr 2-1, and the bottom-placed RC Poindimié held AS Mont-Dore to a 1-1 draw.

Meanwhile, Solright FC have finished the first round of the Solrais Women’s Premier League in the Solomon Islands with a two-point lead at the top of the ladder.

Through nine matches, they’ve won seven and drawn two, holding a slender advantage over Koloale FC, while the RSIPF Royals are a point back in third.

During the weekend, Solright were held to a 1-1 draw by Frigates United, while Ha’arosia caused the upset of the round with a 1-0 win over Koloale.

Ha’arosia coach Diane Justus was thrilled with her team’s performance.

“Throughout the competition our team has slowly improved, today’s win shows how determined the whole team is on learning and improving and the win is also a show of our commitment towards the game,” she said after the game.

Ha’arosia ahead of their win over Koloale on Saturday. Photo Credit: SWPL Media

In other matches, the Royals hammered West Honiara 9-0, Haura FC topped Marist 3-0 and Naha beat Borderline 5-1.

The league will return on June 19 because a training camp is being held for the Solomon Islands national women’s extended squad this weekend.

In New Zealand, the second round of their men’s and women’s national knockout cups – known as the Chatham Cup and Football Foundation Kate Sheppard Cup, respectively – were played during Queen’s Birthday weekend. Full results can be found here.

On Wednesday they held the draw for Round 3, which will be contested during the weekend of June 19-20.

In men’s National League action, Wellington Olympic AFC moved to the top of the Central League ladder following a 6-1 win over Wairarapa United, while fellow front-runners Miramar were held to a 0-0 draw with long-time rivals Western Suburbs.

After 10 rounds, Olympic hold a two-point advantage over Miramar, while Lower Hutt remained in third following their 6-0 demolition of Petone.

In other fixtures, Waterside Karori beat Wainuiomata 3-1 and the Napier City Rovers drew 4-4 with North Wellington. Catch the points table here.

The only match that took place in the Northern League was a catch-up fixture between Auckland City FC and Bay Olympic on Monday, which City won 2-1 on Monday to extend their lead at the top of the table.

Tahiti’s Ligue 1 resumed during the weekend and AS Vénus continued their fine run of form with a 2-0 win over Dragon, while Pirae dropped points as they were held to a 3-3 draw with Pueu. In the other Play-off division clash, Central Sport and Tiare Tahiti drew 3-3.

In the relegation zone, Manu Ura drew 2-2 with Arue, Excelsior accounted for the Junior Tahitiens 3-2, and Olympic Mahina and Mataiea finished all locked up at 2-2.

Catch the video below for some highlights of Tahitian football from the past week. Please note this is a French language video.

In Papua New Guinea, local Member Associations have been granted permission to resume football activities after a six-month hiatus.

No spectators will be allowed at any matches and strict protocols must be followed to ensure the safety of all competitors.

The Vanuatu Football Federation has confirmed the date for their inaugural Women’s Champions League competition that will take place at a yet-to-be-determined venue from October 7-20.

Vaipuna SC are the only team with a perfect three from three record in Samoa’s men’s National League.

They defeated Moata’a 17-0 last week to move to the top of the table, while defending champions Lupe Ole Soaga SC were held to a 1-1 draw by Vaiusu.

In other third round matches, Vaitele-Uta beat Faatoia 4-2, USP topped Togafuafua 4-0, Sogi edged Vaivase-Tai 2-1, and Kiwi got the better of Lion of Judah 1-0.

In the women’s competition, Kiwi and Lupe Ole Soaga are setting the pace. Kiwi hammered Saleimoa 6-1 during the third round, while Lupe beat Lepea 2-0.

In other fixtures, Faatoia defeated Moata’a 13-0, Falesiu smashed Vaipuna 6-0, Lotopa toppled Adidas 4-2, and Sogi drew 1-1 with Vaivase-Tai.

In Fiji, due to the COVID-19 situation, the Fiji Football Association announced they will hand out food parcels to football players in the coming weeks.

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