22 year old Lulu Tuilotolava just became the FIRST Tongan to have made the Black Sticks Hockey team (NZ's National Womens Hockey Team) after being called up in May for the Tri Series against Australia and Japan & now again as part of the World Cup Squad who will be playing in England this month!
The 18 strong squad features 17 of the players who won Gold at the Commonwealth Games in April ... and Lulu! A spot became available in the team after midfielder Pippa Hayward retired.
Lulu was just 5 years old when her Dad, William Tuilotolava decided he wanted his children to play hockey. He had struck up a conversation with former Black Stick Caryn Paewai at the airport and then went home and told his wife he wanted his kids to get into hockey and since then Lulu and all of her siblings have played.
She started playing at Southern Districts Hockey Club in South Auckland and there weren't many other Pacific Islanders playing the sport but she said that it's slowly changing.…more
40 Samoan teams from Australia, Samoa and New Zealand compete in the Auckland Samoan Basketball Competition!
The ladies from the Metro Lioness Women's Football team show us how it's done!!
Established back in the 80's, the Metro Lioness team is still going strong. Women's Football is a growing sport in New Zealand, check it out!
Ratu Kadavulevu Schools under 18 side have created history by becoming the first Fijian school to win the Sanix World Youth Rugby Tournament in Japan!
RKS defeated New Zealand's champion high school, Hastings Boys High School 35 - 5 in the final and beat out Framesby High School from South Africa in the quarter finals and Australia's St Augustine's College in the semis.
Awesome for development for the game in the Pacific!
Watch the 1st half of the game in the video above and the 2nd half in the video below
Photo credit: Facebook/Sanix World Rugby Youth Tournament
We were Keepin it Fresh down at the World School Sevens competition where teams from all over the world came to compete and see who would be crowned the World High School champions.
DIrector - Shimpal Lelisi
Editor - Shimpal & James Leonard
Camera Operator - Darryl Laumua
Sound Operator - Will Voigt
Samoan Pro-wrestler Candy Lee shares her love of wrestling, dealing with discrimination and her goal to become the 1st ever WWE transgender wrestler!
Director & Editor - Mario Faumui
Basketball teams from Samoa, Australia and New Zealand came together for the 3 Day Samoa Cup Basketball Tournament in Auckland last week (3rd - 5th Jan 18). It's an annual tournament open to all Samoans to participate and for the first time since the tournament started 4 years ago, invitational teams representing the Cook Islands and Tonga (NZ based) participated.
Divisions included Under 16s, Under 19s and Open teams for both Men and Women held at Pulman Arena in South Auckland with the purpose of uniting Samoan players to compete against each other for spots in teams which will be selected in upcoming FIBA events and even to represent Samoa at the Commonwealth games should they qualify.
When the tournament first started 4 years ago there were only 7 teams competing, last year there were 20 and this year it more than doubled with over 40 teams entered boosted by overseas team entries - 5 teams came over from Samoa as well as teams from Samoa Basketball Australia - Victoria, NSW and Queensland.…more
They talk to Mate Ma'a Tonga Prop Andrew Fifita about his decision to play for Tonga, his younger days growing up in West Sydney, gold teeth, KFC & that infamous disallowed try!
The boys had another interview with him again more recently where they discussed their fights, Andrews first couple games this season with Cronulla, annoying media harassment and his decision to stick with Tonga for the remainder of his playing career! Check it out in the video below .....
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* PG recommended - coarse language
Teuila Fotu-Moala of the Kiwi Ferns was announced the best player in the 2017 Women’s Rugby League World Cup, for her standout efforts in each of her games.
She beat out fellow Kiwi Ferns team mate Honey Hireme & Jillaroos star Ali Brigginshaw to take the top award.
The award was announced at the World Cup Grand Final Lunch and also happened to be the 24 year olds birthday!
She's just recently signed with the Brisbane Broncos womens team in the new NRLW comp and the NZRL have just named her as one of the 20 female marquee players for the new womens comp.
Check out some of her big hits here ...
By Johnny Se'evae Kosokoso
With the semi finals done and dusted, the last hope for fans of a pacific team making the final for the very first time, went up in smoke when Mate Ma’a Tonga came tantalisingly close in the dying moments of semi final 2 against England. In what would have been the greatest come back in Rugby League World Cup history, the Tongan team had scored 3 tries in the last 7 mins of regular time, and had there been an extra minute on the clock, Tonga would have won the game, and the betting agencies would have been put out of business.
Yes it did end in controversial fashion, the match referee ruling a knock on by Andrew Fifita, instead of a one on one strip, that Fifita looked to have gone on and scored. The big question...........…more