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Business House Heating up.

With only two teams from each pool progressing to the Cup Quarterfinal, teams know that there is no room for error. One slip up or underestimating an opponent could mean the difference between qualifying for the Cup round or having to play in the plate or bowl competition.
The week started of with action from Pool A. National Pacific Insurance took an important step in qualifying for the cup round with a hard fought 3-2 win over Samoa Water Authority. Other games from Pool A saw comfortable wins for CSL, SROS and Vailele Master Class.
In Pool B Lober Industries/MNRE needed a single goal to overcome a spirited effort from SBS/Ace Hardware. This is the third year that Lober Industries/MNRE has taken part and with a 4 point lead in Pool it looks increasingly likely that they will qualify for the cup round for the first time. However the main question from Pool B is who will qualify alongside Lober/MNRE with four of the teams still in with a realistic chance.
Last years runners up National Bank needed a last minute goal against Kooline/Alnima Motors to win the game 2 – 1. Prior to the game Kooline/Alnima Motors had won all their games in Pool C. Tradepac and Signs Studio/Juliana Rentals shared the points with a goalless draw. While Westpac Bank and LTA had close wins over BOC Gases and OEC respectively.
In Pool D last years defending champions NUS Staff rebounded after a shock loss to Bluesky/SamoaTel the previous week with a close 3-2 win over Lesa’s Telephone Services. Bluesky/SamoaTel on the other hand continued their good form by earning a 6-1 win over Audit. SNPF proved too strong for SBEC by winning 4-0 and Samoa Land Corporation and Transam played out a 2-2 draw in the last match of the week.
With two more rounds of pool play the competition is definitely heating up. FFS Acting CEO, Sarai Bareman comments “It’s great to see a clear improvement in the quality of play from all the teams since Round One. The teams are getting more competitive as we near the play offs yet they still maintain their Fair Play attitudes and the fun and enjoyment factor for their team members. The spirit in which the games are being played is exactly what we had hoped for this tournament.