This all happened at the NRL League tournament held annually on the Gold Coast, Australia.
The tournament was hosted by Westport Club, one of the largest clubs on the Gold Coast, which boasts over 15 fields to host the 130 teams.
As an added bonus, the Cook Islands fielded two teams, the Cook Islands Onu and the Cook Islands Turtles and also took out a $500 prize during the opening night of the tournament.
“Attending a very well organised professional tournament was awesome for us all, where the opening was a no fuss event lasting 3 hours of food, drinks and mingling with other teams including former NRL greats,” says Bob Hunter who skippered for both teams.
Support from Gold Coast-based Cook Islanders was very warm and made the team feel at home.
“Our families and friends here on the Gold Coast always come out and support us and we are forever grateful to them for being there every time we come to the Gold Coast,” said team manager Simiona Teiotu.
This was the second tour for the Cook Islands Masters team and will not be the last as the 40 strong team of players and supporters thoroughly enjoyed the game venue, the camaraderie with other teams who are interested to come to the Cook Islands for the Mini Fiesta Rugby League tournament which will take place next year in April in Rarotonga and Aitutaki.
The CIRLM team are gearing up again to attend the next NRL tournament and have organised some more runs on the field to keep active.
The team wish to thank the kind sponsorship of Koka Lagoon Cruises, Super Brown, Cook Islands Steel and Aluminium, Prime Foods, Stephen and Tina Matapo of the Tile Centre for their generous support in making it all happen for the masters who look to continue the momentum going forward.
Meanwhile to all interested masters league players, the Friday games/runs begin today at the Takuvaine Valley at 4.59pm.
- Slow and Steady