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Masters set for Gold Coast tournament

Friday February 26, 2016 Written by Published in Other Sports

A Cook Islands Rugby League Masters Association (CIRLMA) team is set to leave the country this weekend to participate in next week’s Australian NRL Masters tournament to be held at Runaway Bay Sport Complex in the Gold Coast.

 

The four-day tournament which will start on Wednesday, will feature the likes NRL greats Petero Civoniceva, Tommy Raudonikis, Matt Keyer, Keven Campion, Quentin Pongia and others.

The national side is expected to play two matches each on Thursday and Friday and a final game on Saturday, dubbed an “All Stars State of Origin” mix and match.

CIRLMA spokesperson Tony Macquarie said they had contracted a national coach who was tasked with preparing the team for this and upcoming tournaments.

The team has a couple more training sessions to fine tune their performance, including their haka, followed by a farewell function tomorrow evening.

“We would like to say a big meitaki maata to our major sponsors Koka Tours and Raro Welding, also to all our supporters and family.

“Thank you to all the masters of all the clubs out there for your assistance and participation in the traveling teams build up for this tournament.”

Rules for the masters matches will be slightly different in some areas than the regular league match, which will be played under 25 minutes per half.

There will be 11 players on the field at any one time with countless interchanges off the bench.

During the team’s absence from the island, club representatives will be recruiting and registering players for the upcoming Mini Tournament to be held on Rarotonga.

The tournament, to be held from April 2 to 6, will feature three international and four locally-based teams, says Macquarie.

“For further information as to how to enter, please consult your club reps. The CIRLMA has a busy calendar for the coming year as a registration and deposit requirement for the September 2016, ‘Sydney Rugby League Masters’ Tournament to be held in Penrith.

“Please note, should you wish to participate and join the National Turtles on tour, register with the national association. These tours are open to anyone wanting to travel and play footie.”

The masters Friday competition will resume when the national side returns from the Gold Coast.