Maori challenge for cricketers

Tuesday September 15, 2015 Written by Published in Cricket

The visiting Northern District Maori Club received a rousing welcoming on Sunday night ahead of a series of matches against the national women’s side this week.

 

The women’s team is set to play four matches here, including a friendly against the Avana/Turangi side.

The team was welcomed by Minister for Sports Albert Nicholas along with Cook Islands Cricket Association officials.

Cook Islands Cricket chief executive officer Alister Stevic said they had a fantastic welcome ceremony which also saw the traditional turou performed by Love Tupuna.

“The minister talked about the cultural link between Cook Islands Maori and New Zealand Maori and wished the team well,” Stevic said.

“We also presented a goodie bag which was made possible through the support of The Computer Man, Island Craft, Vonnias, Gift Shop, Patimai Jewelry, Island Car and Bike Hire and the Edgewater Resort.

“Their support shows their belief in the progress of women’s cricket in the country.”

Stevic says the upcoming matches will be important for the national side, which will be out to redeem itself after a poor show at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

The visitors will take on the under-19 Cook Islands side in the opening match today at 4pm at Turangi Oval.

Tomorrow, the ND Maori will play the national senior women’s side and both teams will meet again on Thursday.

On Friday, the ND Maori will take on Avana/Turangi Cricket Club in a friendly match followed by their farewell.

“There are a few new players in the squad and they will all get the opportunity to play against the Maori side,” Stevic said.

“What we are looking for is passion and commitment from the players. This is a rebuilding phase for us and we want to start well. “Women’s cricket is still new to the Cook Islands but we have set a good benchmark and we want to continue building on that.

“There is plenty of skills in the team.”

Stevic was pleased with the commitment from the U19 players and asked their parents to continue supporting the future of women’s cricket in the country.

 

Cook Islands Senior Squad

Daena Kataina (c), June George (vc), Diana Tamaiva, Matina Pittman, Bene Matapo, Sala Matapo, Marii Kaukura, Tina Mato, Phillica Maruariki, Ina Willy, Peta Matapo, Punanga Kaveao and Teremoana Amoa.

Fixtures

All matches start at 4pm to be played at the Turangi Oval.

Today - U19 Cook Islands Women-ND Maori, Tomorrow - Cook Islands Senior Women-ND Maori, Thursday - Cook Islands Senior Women-ND Maori, Friday - (Friendly Match) Avana/Turangi-ND Maori followed by farewell hosted by Avana/Turangi Cricket Club.

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