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Semi-finals await in Solomons beach soccer

Action from Western's win over Makira Ulawa in the Solomon Islands on Tuesday. Photo Credit: Junior Paikai

Western and Makira Ulawa have advanced to the semi-finals of the Mariner National Beach Soccer Championship in the Solomon Islands.

Western topped Pool B with an unbeaten run across their three matches, while Makira Ulawa got through given their higher number of goals scored after being level on points with Isabel and Temotu.

The final Pool A matches were set to take place on Wednesday with Honiara to meet Choiseul, while Malaita was due to tackle Central Islands.

Choiseul have no chance of advancing to the playoffs, while Malaita have gone undefeated through their first three matches.

The semi-finals will take place on Thursday with the final scheduled for Saturday. Matches are being streamed on their Facebook page. Catch the points tables ahead of Wednesday’s matches below.

In the Solrais Women’s Premier League, Koloale FC continued their undefeated start to the season and they’re yet to concede a goal through six games.

They’ve racked up 37 goals from their six wins and they eased past Naha FC 5-0 during the weekend at Lawson Tama Stadium.

Solright FC remained in second place after they dispatched West Honiara 11-0 with seven goals from Ella Vakatao.

The RSIPF Royals moved to third with a 3-0 win over Frigates United, Ha’arosia topped Marist 1-0, and Haura FC beat Borderline FC 2-1.

Solright, in pink, scored a big win over West Honiara during the weekend. Photo Credit: SIFF Media

The Solomon Islands Football Federation’s Executive Committee also confirmed they will meet for their Ordinary Congress in Honiara on Monday, June 28.

In New Zealand, the first round of their men’s and women’s national knockout cups took place.

A host of teams had byes that will take them through to Round 2 but you can catch the results from the weekend here.

The men’s competition is called the Chatham Cup and the women’s tournament is the Football Foundation Kate Sheppard Knockout Cup.

New Zealand Football announced the Round 2 draw for both competitions on Tuesday.

Despite the cup ties taking place during the weekend, the Northern League played National League matches.

Auckland City FC remain at the top of the ladder after they defeated Melville United 3-0 on Saturday.

Auckland United are only one point behind – but City have a game in hand – after United beat Birkenhead 1-0.

In the round’s other matches, the third-placed Western Springs beat Manukau United, the Hamilton Wanderers topped Eastern Suburbs AFC, and Bay Olympic beat North Shore United with all games finishing 2-1; the West Coast Rangers got their first win of the season as they edged the Northern Rovers 3-2.

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s U-17 women’s team held a training camp recently as they begun their preparation for the 2021-2022 U-17s cycle.

Auckland City FC were also named Oceania’s Club of the Decade by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics for the second time.

In New Caledonia, Hienghène Sport made it five from five with a 4-1 win over AS Mont-Dore as part of a high-scoring Super Ligue round that featured 31 goals.

In the other fixtures, Tiga Sport held onto second place with a 5-2 victory over AS Magenta, SC Ne Drehu are in third after they downed RC Poindimie 5-0, AS Kunie and AS Wetr drew 4-4, while AS Lossi got the better of JS Baco 4-2.

Nobody told Qanano Sport and Horizon Patho about the high-scoring round though as they drew 0-0.

Knockout cup football was played during the weekend in Tahiti with the quarter-finals of the women’s President’s Cup featuring some one-sided encounters.

AS Te Ui Tefana hammered Tamarii Tapuhute 16-1 to move to the final four and they will be joined by AS Dragon who advanced at the expense of Papara FC, Mira topped Tefana 8-0, and Pirae breezed past Mataiea 22-0.

The semi-finals are scheduled for June 13 and Mira will play Dragon while Te Ui Tefana will meet Pirae.

In the men’s Tahiti Cup, the Round of 16 saw a number of the heavyweights move on to the next round.

Olympic Mahina beat AS Tearaa 4-0, Tefana edged Tapuhute 1-0, Pirae smashed Mira 7-2, Arue defeated AS TFC 2-0, Venus made light work of Central with a 5-0 win, Dragon claimed a 3-2 victory over Tiare Tahiti, Pueu topped Excelsior 3-0, and Tamarii Punaruu got past the Junior Tahitiens 1-0.

In the quarter-finals, which are due to take place on the weekend of May 29, Tefana will play Arue, Pueu will tackle Punaruu, Dragon will meet Pirae, and Venus will clash with Olympic Mahina.

Catch the highlights from the weekend of Tahitian football in the video below. Please note the audio is in French.

In Vanuatu, Galaxy FC have been crowned champions of the Port Vila Football Association Premier League.

The Samoan men’s and women’s national leagues have begun with matches being played this week.

Lupe ole Soaga SC are the defending champions in both competitions and the results will be posted to their Facebook page.

Football remains on hold in Fiji due to COVID-19.

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