It has been one of the best seasons for the Puaikura premier men’s side, who maintained an unbeaten run in their division to stay ahead of the competition this year.
With a game in hand to go, the Anthony Samuela-coached team has already won nine and drawn two matches out of 11 all season including their recent 4-0 victory over Avatiu last Saturday.
They will go on to play their final match in the round on Saturday against Titikaveka, before shifting focus to the knockout competition next week.
The side has invested a lot of hard-work into their season and it has all paid off with the team now preparing for Tonga in January.
It is the second time Puaikura FC has won the Round Cup championship title, with their last one being in 2013, when they also went on to represent the nation for the first time at the Oceania Champions League Preliminary in Samoa.
Puaikura also claimed the premier men’s pre-season title in August, which indicated a new wave of football competition was going to be expected in the Cook Islands Football Association’s main season - they achieved just that with top class performances.
Meanwhile, the final clashes in the Round Cup competition will kick off today with the junior divisions at 4pm.
The Prime Foods Under 8 and U11 Mixed and the Under 17 Men’s divisions will take the pitch for the last time in the 14-week tournament.
Puaikura will battle it out with Titikaveka, while Matavera goes head-to-head with Avatiu. Tupapa Maraerenga will challenge Nikao Sokattak.
Games will be played at the CIFA Complex and Takitumu school grounds. - CIFA
Wednesday, 23/11/16 at the CIFA complex, Matavera
CIFA Field 1: Under 11 Mix 4pm, Field 1, Tupapa Maraerenga FC vs Nikao Sokattak FC. Ref: Noel Mani. Field 2, Avatiu FC vs Matavera FC. Ref: Emily Pierce. Field 3 Puaikura FC vs Titikaveka FC. Ref: Matthew Browne.
CIFA Field 2: Under 8 Mix 4pm, Field 1, Tupapa Maraerenga FC vs Nikao Sokattak FC. Ref: Ngametua Taringa. Field 2, Avatiu FC vs Matavera FC. Ref: Tanisha Tangimetua. Field 3, Puaikura FC vs Titikaveka FC. Ref: Amnish Prasad.
Under 17 Men, kick off 4.30pm
CIFA Field 1, Tupapa Maraerenga FC vs Nikao Sokattak FC. Ref: John Pareanga. Assist: Noel Mani, Amnish Prasad.
CIFA Field 2, Avatiu FC vs Matavera FC. Ref: Lai Gukisuva . Assist: Ngametua Taringa, Emilie Pierce.
Takitumu School, Puaikura FC vs Titikaveka FC. Ref: Tupou Patia. Assist: Mata Iroa, Maara Kaukura.