Sports Archive March 2022

Chris Wood and Leon Kofana battle for the ball.

New Zealand Defeats Solomon Islands 5-0

It was a brave performance from the young Solomon Islanders, but New Zealand proved too strong and had too much arsenal going forward. A Bill Tuiloma brace and goals from Joe Bell, Chris Wood and Matt Garbett secured a 5-0 win over Solomon Islands at the Grand Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
SINIS Performance Manager (Team Sports) Amanda Korinihona, NSC CEO Allison Burchell, SINIS Executive Director Aaron Alsop handing over the signed document to SIRUF President George Tema, SIRUF CEO Alivereti Mocelotu, and SIRUF Development Officer Godfrey Salo.

SIRUF Pens High Performance Partnership with SINIS

Solomon Islands Rugby Union Federation (SIRUF) takes up the leading role to sign the Solomon Islands National Institute of Sport (SINIS) High–Performance program’s through signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) partnership deal today, Wednesday 30th March 2022.
“New Zealand has professional players but it’s 90 minutes 11v11 on the field so I just want them to be competitive and if we are competitive, it won’t be easy for New Zealand to beat us and I hope the boys are ready,” coach Felipe said.

Solomon Islands Football: "A Chance to Make History"

Solomon Islands national football team have a chance to create history when they take on Oceania heavyweights New Zealand in the FIFA World Cup 2022 Oceania Qualifiers final in Doha on Thursday 31st March 2022.
SINIS High-Performance WLP officer Misook Rany and WLP intern Robert Vunagi assessing an athlete during the induction on well being screening process.

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Solomon Islands will now play New Zealand in the finals, who scraped past Tahiti 1-0.

Solomon Islands Through to the Finals After Defeating PNG 3-2

Solomon Islands Beats PNG to The Solomon Islands have booked their place in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Oceania Qualifiers final after a brace from Alvin Hou helped them win a 3-2 thriller v Papua New Guinea at the Grand Hamad Stadium in Doha.
Raphael Lea’i scored a hat-trick in the game, a testament to the strong combination up front and the teams willingness to attack.

Lea’i Nets Hat-trick Against Tahiti

Solomon Islands has topped Pool A after a strong performance against Tahiti, finishing the game 3-1.
Despite the chaotic scenario that has unfolded in Oceania qualifying, the Solomon Islands will need to remain focused if they are to reach the inter-confederation playoffs.

Solomon Islands Takes on Tahiti in World Cup 2022 Qualifiers

Solomon Islands will come up against Tahiti at the Al-Arabi Stadium, with the two sides battling it out in World Cup 2022 qualifying.
“It is a dream to represent Solomon Islands since when I was in high school. I remember telling my classmates that one day I will represent our country in the future,” he said.

Prince Tahunipue Living the World Cup Dream

Everybody indeed needs a second chance in life and that’s what happened to Solomon Islands national team left-back Prince Tahunipue who was in tears when his name was not on the 30-man squad list last year.
Solomon Islands defeated Cook Islands 2-0 in their opening match. Win or loose against Tahiti they will proceed to the semi-finals.

Solomon Islands Will Advance to Knockout Stage of World Cup Qualifiers

The Solomon Islands national football squad will advance to the knockout stages of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Oceania Qualifiers as Vanuatu pulls out of the competition due to COVID-19.
“For us, we are very happy! This is the first time for most of our athletes to train on an actual combat zone with mats, and in an environment that is conducive for athlete training,” SIKF President Rex Kenihiria stated.

Karate Begins High-Performance Training

Solomon Islands Karate Federation (SIKF) has taken a significant step forward in terms of martial art development.
Solomon Islands captain Micah Lea'alafa gets a shot away.

Solomon Islands Registers First Win in World Cup Qualifiers

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Oceania Qualifiers are underway in Doha, with the Solomon Islands beating the Cook Islands by 2-0. First half goals by Atkin Kaua and Alvin Hou were enough to seal victory, as international football made a welcome return to the OFC.
The NSC Chairman, Mr. Joe Sika, reiterated that since all the facilities for the 2023 Pacific Games will be handed over to the NSC when completed it is necessary for the NSC to prepare now.

NHA Supports Capacity Building of National Sports Council

The National Hosting Authority (NHA) has extended its arm to support the capacity building of the National Sports Council (NSC) as the main body established by the Solomon Islands Government purposely to support the development of sports in the country.
“It’s an important game and we have to get the three points and we need to work really hard to try to accomplish that,” Solomon Islands coach Felipe said.

Solomon Islands Set to Open 2022 World Cup Qualifiers Campaign Against Cook Islands

The Grand Hamad Stadium is set to host a historic first-ever Oceania qualifier outside of the Oceania region as Solomon Islands and Cook Islands get the FIFA World Cup 2022 Oceania qualifiers underway in the Group A opener on Thursday local time in Doha, Qatar.
Their first training session in Qatar after their arrival from Brisbane.

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The Solomon Islands is in Pool A alongside Tahiti, Vanuatu, and the Cook Islands. Pool B features Oceania heavyweights New Zealand, drawn alongside New Caledonia, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea.

Solomon Islands Football Squad Head to Qatar

The Solomon Islands national football team departs Brisbane today headed for Qatar for the group stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification.
On the agenda at Monday’s initial discussion were HCC’s building usage, waste and rubbish collection, City beautification and the benefits Honiara as a City will get as Host City for the Pacific Games.

Pacific Games Organizing Committee Holds Initial Discussions with City Council

The Sol2023 Games Organizing Committee (GOC) held a meeting with representative of the Honiara City Council (HCC) on Monday 7th March 2022 to have initial discussions on how the two organizations can align their operations in preparation for the hosting of the region’s biggest sporting event in 2023.
Games Organizing Committee (GOC) Senior Manager Sports Delivery Adrian Tuhanuku, Solomon Islands Netball Federation (SINFED) President Joy Kere, and SINFED General Secretary Doris Dolaisi after the signing of the MOU.

Sports Federations Encouraged to Practice Good Governance

As part of the legacy benefits of the 2023 Pacific Games, the Games Organizing Committee (GOC) is encouraging National Sport Federations (NSFs) to strengthen their governance and capabilities in preparation for 2023 and beyond.