Women’s Sevens get Bluesky boost

Monday October 23, 2017 Written by Published in Rugby Union
From left, CIRU chief executive offi cer Ben Koteka, national women’s team member Margarette Nena and Bluesky Cook Islands manager commercial Lahaina Kiely with the $3000 cheque in support for the Cook Islands Women’s Sevens team. 17102011 From left, CIRU chief executive offi cer Ben Koteka, national women’s team member Margarette Nena and Bluesky Cook Islands manager commercial Lahaina Kiely with the $3000 cheque in support for the Cook Islands Women’s Sevens team. 17102011

Cook Islands Women’s Sevens team received a timely boost in their bid to prepare for the Oceania Sevens Championship in Fiji next month.

 

The team, which is hoping to qualify for the World Rugby Women Sevens World Cup next year, is competing at the Central Coast Sevens in Australia next weekend as a build-up to the all-important Oceania Sevens.

And on Friday, Bluesky presented them with $3000 to support their campaign at the Central Coast Sevens in Sydney.

Team member Margarette Nena said the backing from the telecommunication company had come as a relief to the side.

“We have obviously been working really hard over the past month leading up to this point, and having Bluesky supporting us for this tournament and the previous campaigns means a huge load off our chests,” Nena said.

“We really appreciate and thank Bluesky for supporting us during this time. The girls are working hard and they will be playing hard.”

Nena said the Central Coast Sevens would allow the players to practice and fine-tune some key areas of their game ahead of the Oceania Sevens, which will serve as the World Cup Sevens qualifiers.

The national women’s team stands a good chance of making it through to the 2018 World Cup which will be held in San Francisco.

Bluesky Cook Islands commercial manager Lahaina Kiely said they were proud to support the team and their campaign to make it through to the pinnacle of Sevens rugby.

“Bluesky is really happy to come on board again to assist our Cook Islands Rugby Union, particularly with our women’s team going over to the Central Coast Sevens,” Kiely said.

“We wish them well in their games over there and assure all the support from Bluesky coming their way.”

CIRU chief executive officer Ben Koteka also thanked Bluesky for sharing their vision and coming onboard to be a part of their journey.   

 

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