In what was described as an intense tournament, the level of skills brought on to the pitch by the youngsters improved significantly from previous years, producing some very entertaining matches for parents and supporters who gathered for the event.
The final round games in the girls’ division saw Apii Nikao square off against rivals Apii Avarua.
Both teams wanting to claim top honours for their school, playing a brilliant defensive game to keep each other at bay.
Several goal scoring opportunities were created in a tit-for-tat battle.
At the final whistle, Apii Nikao and Apii Avarua were goalless and a penalty shootout took place to determine the winner for 2017.
Both tied at 1-all with the last kick to come from Apii Nikao which slammed in the winner to take home the 2017 Origin Gas Senior Primary School Girl’s division.
If the girls’ final wasn’t entertaining enough, creative flair and skillful play dominated the boys’ final.
The highly-skilled Avarua School took on a competitive side from Apii Nikao, among the cheers and jeers to add to the thrill and intensity on the field.
Both teams were locked at 1-all at fulltime.
A penalty shootout took place to determine the winner and Apii Nikao were too slick for Apii Avarua’s goalkeeper, slotting in all five of their kicks over their opponents four goals to claim the 2017 Origin Gas Senior Primary School Boy’s division.
- CIFA Media
Girls’ division: 1st Place Apii Nikao, 2nd Place Apii Avarua, 3rd Place Papaaroa; Boy’s division: 1st Place Apii Nikao, 2nd Place Apii Avarua, 3rd Place Papaaroa.