League youngsters learn game skills

Tuesday March 21, 2017 Written by Published in League

Cook Islands Rugby League Association junior development co-ordinator Taua Benioni hailed the coaching clinic in Aitutaki last week a success.


Benioni ran coaching clinic for coaches and development classes for the youngsters on the island.

The drills culminated with the match between the Eastern and the Western sides in the under-11, U13 and U17 grades.

In the opening U11 match, both teams were locked 8-all after scoring two tries each while in the other U11 clash, Eastern sneaked in with a final try to win 16-12.

Eastern boys took advantage of their size and speed to beat Western 20-12 in the U13 match while Western just managed to win 22-20 in the U17 battle.

“All week, it was rugby league for kids in Aitutaki which on Friday resulted in having two lots of U11 matches, an U13 clash followed by the U17s being the main game of the evening,” Benioni said.

He said that overall they managed to achieve the desired result from this tour.

“All coaches showed their responsibilities by delivering what came out of the workshop as I am sure after watching the games played, they can all give themselves a pat on the back.”

The organisers of this meet thanked Air Rarotonga for sponsoring and bringing over the playing equipment – balls, cones, tags and apparels and sets of playing uniforms supplied by the CIRLA – and also bringing the competition and junior development co-ordinator Benioni to Aitutaki.

“The two people behind all this were Ngaa Pureariki, the Eastern coach, and Papa Toma of the Western team in Aitutaki. They approached Air Rarotonga to seek sponsorship for bringing me and the equipment over,” Benioni said.

“Once again from mamas and papas, the organisers, all the young kids of Araura Enua and the CIRLA, we would like to thank Ngatere George of Rinos Rental, Kervin Aroita of Avarua Bakery and a huge meitaki maata to Teariki (Bubs) Numanga and your team at Air Rarotonga.”

The forever popular Mongoose Golden Oldies sponsored a set of playing uniforms for the U11s, which was accepted by the manager of the Sharks team Ngatere George.

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