Valentine at home in the RLWC team of the tournament

Wednesday December 06, 2017 Written by Published in League

The exceptional form of Cook Islander Valentine Holmes in the Kangaroo jersey at the Rugby League World Cup made him an obvious shoo-in for the team of the tournament. Holmes was the top scorer with 12, with 11 tries coming in two matches.

He broke the Australian test record with five tries, and broke his own record the week later with six against Fiji. Holmes was joined by fellow squad mates Billy Slater, Josh Dugan, Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith. Finalists England had four in the squad, standout Tonga featured two, while Fiji and Lebanon had one a piece. Thanks to a disappointing tournament where they were knocked out in the quarter finals, the Kiwis had no players featured.

Team Kuki start well at the games

Team Cook Islands got off to a perfect start at the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu.

The national beach volleyball team of brothers Brendan and Daniel Heath won their opening Commonwealth Games Qualifier match against Tuvalu 2-1.

Team Cook Islands chef de mission Robert Graham said the national side lost the first set before winning the remaining two sets to gain maximum points from the match.

Cook Islands will play Vanuatu today before entering the playoffs.

The winner of the qualifier will earn a direct entry to the Commonwealth Games to be held on the Gold Coast, Australia in April next year. Fiji is the top seed in the qualifier.

The beach volleyball competition for the mini games will be held next week, in which Daniel will pair up with Morgan Faireka.

Brendan will represent the country in the 3 on 3 men’s basketball competition, which also starts next week.

The first round of golf competition was also played yesterday at the Port Vila Golf Country Club.

Cook Islands is represented by Rotana Howard, Tepua Russell and Katey Karati in the ladies’ grade and Kristopher Williamson, William Howard, Jordin Manuela and Trey Shedlock in the men’s.

Graham said the golfers had a good start and would be hoping to improve on their results in the remaining days of the competition.

Twenty-two athletes are representing their country at this year’s Pacific Mini Games, which will run until December 15.

Team Cook Islands will compete in only five sports – weightlifting, beach volleyball, golf, basketball and athletics.

The men’s and women’s 3 on 3 basketball and golf teams dominate the national team, with eight and seven athletes respectively.

Team Cook Islands

Athletics – Tereapii Tapoki, Patricia Taea, Alex Beddoes, Manager/Coach: Anthony Fairweather; Basketball 3 on 3 Women’s Team – Adoniah Lewis, Terai Sadler, Keziah Lewis, Janet Main, Men’s Team – Brendan Heath, Charlie Hosking Jnr, Trey Williams, Ben Vakatini, Team Manager - Owen Lewis;

Beach Volleyball – Men’s Team – Daniel Heath, Morgan Faireka, Team Manager - Lady Andrews; Golf – Ladies Team – Rotana Howard, Tepua Russell, Katey Karati, Mens Team – Kristopher Williamson, William Howard, Jordin Manuela, Trey Shedlock, Team Manager - Ned Howard, Team Coach - Daniel Webb; Weightlifting – Luisa Peters, Phillipa Woonton, Team Manager - Unakea Kauvai; Chef de Mission - Robert Graham, Assistant Chef de mission - John Paul Wilson; Team Physio - Paul Aitu

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