Mangaia kick start their cricket season

Thursday December 08, 2016 Written by Published in Cricket

THE DOMESTIC cricket season in Mangaia kicked off with much fanfare a fortnight ago.

The opening round of the competition, which was attended by the Cook Islands Cricket Association chief executive officer Davis Teinaki, was buzzing with excitement especially among the children who were eager to try out the sport.

Teinaki said the organisers have included an Under-13 mixed grade in their competition to develop cricket on the island.

 

The U13 mixed competition has three teams participating.

The main senior men’s and women’s grades have three teams each competing. These teams are divided into districts (puna) which include Veitate, Keia and Taveaenga.

“It was a grand start to their season. The children were so eager to learn and play the sport,” Teinaki said.

“They were even out playing in the rain which shows the enthusiasm they have for the sport.

“This is good for the development of cricket in Mangaia. We hardly see this kind of interest from our young ones here in Rarotonga.”

The competition which will be held weekly will run for eight weeks.

Teinaki said Mangaia was leading the way in the revival of cricket on the outer islands.

He said they were keen to support other islands in establishing their own competition.

“The whole event (in Mangaia) was organised properly and I want to thank Naomi for planning this so well.

“I’m also grateful to the people of Mangaia for their hospitality and I wish them the very best for the rest of their cricket season.”

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