Royal Puma has clinched the women’s 2017 FFAS National League title, finishing the competition at the top of the standings two points clear of their nearest competitor.
They won by forfeit on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, the final match day of the 10-team league with an 8-1-0 record, good for 25 points, just two ahead of Vaiala Tongan. They had a 7-2-0 record for 23 points, but finish the league as FFAS National Cup holders.
In other games played last Saturday, it was Pago Youth 2, Green Bay 0; Taputimu Youth 3, Black Roses 1, PanSa 8, Ilaoa & To’omata 0 and Royal Puma 3, Tafuna Jets 0 in a win by forfeit.
Royal Puma and Vaiala Tongan played to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 2, 2017, and that had them both sitting at the No. 4 and No. 5 spts in the standings, respectively. After Match Day 2, both teams moved up a spot each in the standings, while Black Roses and the Tafuna Jets led the league with 2-0 records.
At the conclusion of Match Day 3 (Sept. 16), Royal Puma continued its climb up the ladder with a one-spot jump to No. 2, while Vaiala Tongan fell down a rung after a 0-0 draw with Taputimu Youth. That draw would end up being the difference between the two teams as neither team lost during the Naitonal League, but were separated by two points the rest of the way.
Black Roses was the top team after Match Day 4 (Sept. 23), as they had a 4-0 record, while Vaiala Tongan leapfrogged two spots to land at the No. 3 slot, just behind No. 2 Royal Puma. This was also a significant weekend for Vaiala Tongan as they took the women’s FFASN National Cup away from Ilaoa & To’omata, and have held on to it for the rest of the season.
Royal Puma then took over the No. 1 spot in the standings after a 1-0 win over Black Roses on Match Day 5 (Sept. 30), a position they would hold for the rest of the National League competition. Vaiala Tongan fell down a spot to No. 3 with Black Roses dropping down from No. 1 to No. 2.
On Match Day 5, (Oct. 14), Vaiala Tongan took over the No. 2 spot for good after a 4-1 win over Black Roses, and the rest of the season became history.
With the National League at an end, a separate tournament kicks off this coming Saturday and ends on December 2, 2017 for the top four teams and a middle four based on the current standings.
The top four are No. 1 Royal Puma, No. 2 Vaiala Tongan, No. 3 Black Roses and No. 4 Green Bay. They will have their own, single round-robin contest with the team leading points wise (including tiebreakers), to be crowned as winners.
The middle four will also compete in a same format, with the team leading their standings at its end to be determined as winners of their competition. The middle four teams are No. 5 PanSa, No. 6 Taputimu Youth, No. 7 Pago Youth and No. 8 Ilaoa & To’omata.
The Tafuna Jets and Lion Heart are not being included in this competition as both were disqualified from the National League after forfeiting twice.
All prizes for the National League, top 4 and middle 4 competitions will be awarded on December 4, 2017.