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Solright take the lead in the Solomons

Solright FC are the new leaders of the women's national league in the Solomon Islands. Photo Credit: SWPL Media

Koloale’s unbeaten run in the Solrais Women’s Premier League has come to an end after they were defeated 3-0 by Solright FC.

The win saw Solright leapfrog Koloale at the top of the ladder after eight rounds of the top women’s club competition in the Solomon Islands.

“The girls did very well today basically we followed our game plan and with a bit of luck on our side it worked for us; of course we are very happy with the three points,” Solright coach Godfrey Manehioha told SWPL Media after the game on Saturday.

In other matches from around the league, Frigates United beat Marist FC 8-0 to hold onto third place, while the RSIPF Royals remained in fourth after they put Borderline FC to the sword 13-0. Naha FC topped Haura FC 1-0 and Ha’arosia hammered West Honiara 5-0.

Meanwhile, with just over two years to go until the tournament kicks off, Dave Beeche has been appointed as the new CEO of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Australia and New Zealand and will lead the overall delivery of the tournament, together with the Chief Operating Officers, Jane Fernandez and Jane Patterson.

Beeche has extensive experience leading organisations in the sports, events, and tourism sectors and was the CEO of the Local Organising Committee for the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015.

Late last week New Zealand Football (NZF) launched a campaign to help attract more people to become referees, while focusing on addressing sideline behaviour and improving the image of the game.

NZF also held their Annual Congress last Thursday and approved new proposals in line with the aims of their Delivery and Sustainability Project that began last year, which seeks to make football in New Zealand more sustainable and adaptable to the challenges it will face in the future.

On the pitch, their men’s National League featured crucial top-of-the-table clashes in both the Northern and Central Leagues.

Up north, Auckland City FC created some breathing space ahead of rivals Auckland United with a 3-1 win that saw them move four points clear with a game in hand after 11 rounds.

In the Northern League’s other matches from the weekend, the Hamilton Wanderers moved to third with a 2-1 win over Western Springs AFC, Bay Olympic jumped to fourth as they edged Melville United 1-0, while Birkenhead United dropped to fifth as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Manukau United. North Shore United drew 2-2 with the Northern Rovers and Eastern Suburbs AFC brushed the West Coast Rangers aside 4-0.

In the match of the round in the Central League, the Miramar Rangers and Wellington Olympic played out a goalless draw.

Both sides have run unbeaten campaigns this season and couldn’t be separated after 90 minutes although Miramar held onto first place due to their superior goal difference.

In the league’s other matches, Lower Hutt City remained in third courtesy of a 4-2 win over Waterside Karori, Western Suburbs beat the Napier City Rovers 4-1, Wairarapa United topped North Wellington 4-3 and Petone beat the bottom-of-the-table Wainuiomata 4-2.

Full results and points tables for New Zealand’s National League can be found here.

Hienghène Sport continue to set the pace in New Caledonia’s Super Ligue despite being held to a 1-1 draw by AS Magenta during the weekend.

Tiga Sport remained in second as they drew 2-2 with SC Ne Drehu, while Qanono Sport moved to third with a 2-1 win over AS Wetr.

In other matches, Dumbéa FC beat AS Kunie 2-1, AS Lössi topped RC Poindimie 3-1 and AS Monte-Dore got the better of Horizon Patho 1-0.

In Tahiti, it was back to knockout football as the Tahiti Cup quarter-finals were held.

AS Vénus beat Olympic Mahina 3-1 to advance to the semi-finals and they will be joined by Tefana who topped Arue 3-0, AS Tamarii Punaruu who beat Pueu 1-0 and Pirae who eased past Dragon 4-1.

Catch this video below for the past week of action in Tahiti football. Please note, this is a French language video.

The Vanuatu Football Federation have announced the draw for their men’s Champions League that is set to take place later this month.

In Samoa, Lupe Ole Soaga SC and Vaipuna are the only two clubs who are undefeated in the premier men’s division after two rounds.

Lupe beat Togafuafua 9-0 during the past week, while Vapiuna accounted for Vaiusu 8-0. In the league’s other matches, Kiwi defeated Vaitele-Uta 4-1, Lion of Judah beat Vaivase-Tai 4-2, Sogi topped USP 3-1, and Faatoia United got past Moata’a 3-0.

In the women’s league, Kiwi and Lupe are the only two teams who are yet to taste defeat. In the second round of the competition, Faatoia beat LFC 2-0, Lupe hammered Vaivase-Tai 10-0, Saleimoa smashed Sogi 8-0, Kiwi breezed past Adidas SC 12-0, Lotopa toppled Faleasiu 2-0, and Vaipuna dealt to Moata’a 3-0.

The Tonga Football Association’s (TFA) annual general meeting was held on Friday, May 28 and was chaired by TFA President Lord Ve’ehala.

There were 19 representatives from 27 clubs in attendance as the agenda, previous minutes and 2020 financial and audit reports were all approved.

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

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