Black Roses' ladies win treble!

Black Roses' women complete treble with National League title


The ladies of the Black Roses club have completed a treble (FFAS Girls 15-17 champions; FFAS 5-a-side champions and National League winners) for the year 2009, notching the women's FFAS National League 2009 championship after the competition was ordered to a halt by the association's club presidents.

This order came by way of a meeting held on Oct. 13, 2009 at the National Headquarters in Pago Park Soccer Stadium to determine the status of the competition after the field was badly damaged by the recent tsunami that hit Pago Pago and parts of American Samoa on Sept. 29.

The office also sustained damages but it has been patched up and is operational with running water, electricity through a power generator, new computer and laptop, telephone and internet services up and running.

Four clubs affiliated with FFAS ‑ CCCAS Fagasa Youth (Fagasa), Ilaoa & Toomata (Leone), Pago Youth (Pago Pago), PanSa (Pago Pago) ‑ are based in villages that were badly damaged by the tsunami and the presidents felt that the players of these clubs would not be available as they are in the process of rebuilding their, and their families, homes.

Thus, after completing five rounds and winning all of their matches to stay clear of closest competitor, and last year's defending champs, PanSa by two points, (15-13), the Black Roses are winners of the women's 2009 National League competition.

The win is also a double for Black Roses in the National League as their men's team finished tops in their division.

It would have been a close one too if both teams were tied with 15 points apiece as five goals separated the two in goals scored with Black Roses netting 39 times to PanSa's 34.  Two goals separated the two when allowing opponents to score against them as the former allowed only three while the latter let in five.

The blemish on PanSa's record is a 2-2 tie against the Tafuna Jets during a round 3 meeting on Aug. 22.

Third in the standings are the Jets (3-1-1) with 10 points, followed by Green Bay (3-2) with 9, CCCAS Fagasa Youth with 9 (3-2), Pago Youth with 3 (1-4), Ilaoa & Toomata (0-5) and Lion Heart (0-5).

Green Bay occupies the No. 4 spot over Fagasa Youth by a difference of goals (14-12) while Ilaoa & Toomata edges Lion Heart for the second-to-last spot in the same tiebreaker (-32 to -65).


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