CIRLA congratulates league super girls

Tuesday February 27, 2018 Written by Published in League
The Cook Islands women’s Nines rugby league team with their bronze medal from the Commonwealth Competition. 18022611 The Cook Islands women’s Nines rugby league team with their bronze medal from the Commonwealth Competition. 18022611

Cook Islands Rugby League Association president Charles Carlson has congratulated the ‘awesome achievement’ of the rugby league women’s side, after they collected the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Competition 9s.

 

Although the initial result against Tonga was disappointing, losing 12-4, he was impressed that they improved in every subsequent game, which culminated in the third place finish.

“It was great to see the joy on their faces winning a medal which was the goal. The aim was for the gold, and we pushed the World Champion Australia, losing 14-8 in the semis,” Carlson said.

“By the time we played Tonga again for the bronze the girls were super confident, running in five tries and winning 20-0.”

Player of the tournament for the Cook Islanders was star fullback Apii Nicholls-Pualau, who was also named in the team of the tournament.

Another standout for Carlson was Kimiora Nati, who has also played for the New Zealand Black Ferns, who played a big part in the medal achievement.

“All the girls lifted their game to another level, particularly with co-captains Te Kura Ngata-Aerengamate and Toka Natua taking the lead.”

            - Conor Leathley

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