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Team Manu’a comes out on top at 2023 Samoa Bowl

 Polly Moli with Semisi Moli and Kanai Satele

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The "Back to the Roots" themed 2023 Samoa Bowl had Team Manu’a and Team Tutuila competing for victory, with Team Manu’a emerging victorious. Final Score: Manu’a – 26: Tutuila – 0.

Regardless of the final score, the teams came together in a post-game celebration highlighting their shared love for the game. Players exchanged handshakes, high-fives, and words of encouragement, solidifying the idea that, on and off the field, they are brothers united by their passion for football.

A govt press release listed the following awards:

Most Valuable Player - Kanai Satele (Manu’a)

Outstanding Offensive Lineman - Malcolm Polu Jr (Manu’a)

Outstanding Defensive Lineman - Mark Toluao (Manu’a)

Outstanding Offensive Player - Semisi Moli (Manu’a)

Outstanding Defensive Player - Kilipa Samaeli (Tutuila)

Outstanding Special Teams Player - Edward Loke (Tutuila)

Outstanding Assistant Coach - Travis Pavihi (Tutuila)

Outstanding Head Coach - Tofinuu Oakland Salave’a (Manu’a)

Prior to kick-off, players from both teams participated in the opening ceremony. In his special remarks, Lt. Governor Talauega E.V. Ale gave credit to Gov. Lemanu P.S. Mauga saying, “It has been at the forefront of this administration and the intent of Honorable Lemanu, to revive and bring back the Samoa Bowl games.” He continued, “this allows all our players the opportunity to grow the game, improve and showcase their skills and talent, and continue to encourage and nurture the Samoan culture.”

Samoana High School JROTC presented the colors, while Rev. Mageo Patolo Mageo gave the invocation and benediction. Singing the US National Anthem was Ms. Vasati Tavita and the American Samoa anthem was sung by Fagaitua High School junior, Ms. Peau Sila.