Hekari wins 9th NSL Title

MRDC Hekari United raced to their ninth National Soccer League title after defeating Lae FC 3-0 in a final that was abandoned mid-way into the second half due to poor crowd behavior and field invasion by Lae supporters. National Soccer League boss Chris Brown told Post -Courier that Lae has seen the last of the…

Fan favourite Fred out to prove a point

Fast becoming the darling of the OFC U-20 Championship, American Samoa goalkeeper Frederick Maiava says his nation is out to prove a point to their critics in Suva, Fiji. The nephew of Manu Samoa rugby legend Brian Lima, Maiava has won the hearts of football fans in Suva with his bravery, faultless handling and passion…

Wallabies’ goal kicking under scrutiny in World Cup preparation

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has conceded Australia’s goal-kicking options need urgent reinforcement leading into next year’s World Cup. As last year’s heir apparent Christian Lealiifano performs some way off his cool-headed best this season and newly anointed Test five-eighth options Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale stumbled badly against the Rebels on Friday, McKenzie signalled greater…

Manu 7s coach quits

The embattled coach of the 8th IRB ranked Manu Samoa Sevens team, Viliamu Punivalu, has resigned, less than a year into his role. His resignation was apparently submitted, discussed and approved by the Board of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) last Thursday.  Repeated attempts to obtain a comment from the S.R.U. about Punivalu’s resignation –…

Delayed AGM is a breach: FRU Chairman

Delaying the annual general meeting (AGM) is a breach of the Fiji Rugby Union constitution, but it’s something we had to do, says FRU chairman Filimone Waqabaca. Under Rugby House’s constitution, the AGM is supposed to be held in April annually. However FRU postponed the meet becuase of no quorum in late April to mid…

High hopes as team leaves

U-19 pledged to deliver The Solomon Islands national under 19 team’s hopes of making it through the Under 20 World Cup qualifying round in Fiji is high with the absence of New Zealand and Tahiti’s. New Zealand will not participate as they will be the host for the World Cup next year whilst Tahiti is…

Coach: Injuries are minor

The head coach of the Solomon Islands National U19 soccer squad, Commins Menapi has assured supporters and soccer fanatics that the injuries of some of their travelling players are just minor injuries. Menapi made the assurance before their departure over the weekend. He admitted having some players being injured during the friendly match against Marist…

Shane Smeltz quits Perth Glory

New Zealand football international Shane Smeltz has signed a one year deal with Sydney FC after quitting Perth Glory yesterday. Smeltz scored 28 goals in 58 appearances for Perth, but his 2013/14 campaign was blighted by a series of injuries. The prolific striker says he expects to win trophies with his new club. “I’m very…

Rain forces soccer postponement

Fiji Times – HEAVY rain in the Capital City on Saturday forced the Suva Football Association management to postpone all its local league fixtures yesterday. Ten games were supposed to be played at Buckhurst and Bidesi parks but more rain forecast for this week meant they would now play their games at a later date.…