Big hits at cricket trials

Monday January 09, 2017 Written by Published in Cricket
Country squad member Titi Toa sends a six during the Vaka of Origin series trials on Saturday at Turangi Field. 170108010 Country squad member Titi Toa sends a six during the Vaka of Origin series trials on Saturday at Turangi Field. 170108010

A GOOD turnout was recorded at Country’s first trials for the second Vaka of Origin cricket series that gets underway next week.


The three leg series starts on January 14 followed by the second leg to be played on January 21 with the final one on January 28 at Turangi Field.

Country, which badly lost the opening series in a whitewash to Town last year, is keen to make a clean sweep by winning the men’s and the inaugural women’s competition this year.

The side has named a strong extended squad in both divisions to give Town a good run for their money in the 2017 series.

The trials on Saturday was to help the men’s coach Vane Tangimetua Sr and women’s coach Amoa More select the best from the mix for the annual series.

More said they had 21 and 13 players that turned up for the trials of the men’s and women’s teams, respectively.

He said the players were eager to give their all in a bid to win this year’s series.

“We will have training sessions on Tuesday and Thursday for men’s and Monday and Wednesday for the women’s before we decide on our final team,” More said.

“The turnout on Saturday was indicative of the interest of the players for this year’s series and we are all looking forward to it.”

The Country men’s team will comprise of top players from Turangi, Titikaveka Titans, Muri Creeps, Arorangi, Avana and Matavera while the women’s side will have players from Turangi and Muri.

Meanwhile the revised Vaka of Origin series between Country and Town teams will now be played under the Twenty 20 format. The Vaka of Origin series which started last year in a bid to rejuvenate cricket in the Cook Islands is sponsored by Grant Walker of 21South Group.


Teams (extended squad)

Country men’s – Osalai Akai (skipper), Ray Romanu (assistant skipper), Vane Tangimetua, Mapu Maoate, Toutika Jr, David Piakura, Mike Hoff, Ben Vakatini, Pita Tare, Hori Miller, Tiri Toa, Shane Phillips, Moni Uini, Tutu Tangimetua, Tuaiti, Tom Vea, Iro Maroro, Kieran Thorpe, Pastor Zekaria

Country women’s – Punanga Kaveao, Jasmanda Tuaputa, Phillica Maruariki, Tina Mato, Daena Kataina, Alemein, Josephine Monga, Mona More, Tekura Kaukura, June George, Ina Willie, Perina Tekoronga, Josephine Maoate, Stephanie Vaiimene, Carol Crummer, Tepaeru Toutika, Apii Tangata  

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