The tournament was put on by Cook Islands Cricket and the national women’s cricket team who will be attending the upcoming Pacific Games. Cook Islands Cricket’s chief executive officer Alister Stevic says the mini tournament was a great way to introduce the Pacific Games to the children, to inspire them to become national representatives in the future and to give back to the community for their fantastic support of the national team.
National player Daena Kataina welcomed the tamariki and explained the concept of the Pacific Games, then the children played cricket matches against each other while playing as Fiji, Samoa, PNG, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. To finish the day the children had a sausage sizzle, collected some free stickers including one of PNG’s Pacific Games mascot ‘Tura the Kokomo’, and the event ended with the kids jumping on the free bus home.
Stevic was excited by the turnout, saying that it was pleasing to have more children attending their junior cricket programmes.
Plans are underway for another junior tournament in the coming months.