It’s an exciting and big footballing event in the local schools’ calendar and every year those who attend games are all treated to a fun-filled day of football.
Nine Primary Schools have participated in this year’s event - Takitumu, Avarua, St Joseph, Apii Nikao, Arorangi, Rutaki, Papaaroa College, Imanuela Akatemia and Apii Te Uki Ou.
There were four divisions for schools to compete in, B Boys and B Girls of Year 6 students, B Mix for Year 5 students and C Mix for Year 4 students.
In the B Boys division, seven schools participated and were drawn into two pools where they faced each opponent in their pool to determine the top two placings for a spot in the play-offs, with Papaaroa, Avarua, Te Uki Ou and Nikao securing their chances.
Avarua proved too strong for their opponents to claim the 2018 title, with Te Uki Ou in second place and Papaaroa taking out third spot.
In the B Girls division, five schools participated and played each other once to lock in the top four placings.
A play-off between the first, second, third and fourth-placed schools took place and was a triumph for Avarua, who remained unbeaten and took the 2018 trophy for their school. Nikao was in second place with Te Uki Ou third.Te Uki Ou had to go to a penalty shoot-out with Takitumu to claim their place, much to the excitement of the players.
With only four schools participating in the B Mix division, two rounds of games had to be played, and winners Papaaroa secured the 2018 title over Rutaki and Akatemia Imanuela who took out second and third place.
All nine primary schools participated in the C Mix division. The youngsters left nothing to chance, with St Joseph stamping their dominance by winning all their games to claim the 2018 title for their school.
Avarua come in second with Papaaroa third.
For parents, supporters and teachers, it was a day full of exciting football and the players clearly enjoyed their day.
Trophies were presented by CIFA vice-president Junior Areai, general secretary Mii Piri, strength and condition coach Jason Stephens and development officer Tahiri Elikana.
Many thanks to everyone involved in a highly successful soccer competition.
- CIFA Media
Results: B Boys: 1st Avarua, 2nd Te Uki Ou, 3rd Papaaroa. B Girls: 1st Avarua, 2nd Nikao, 3rd Te Uki Ou. B Mixed: 1st Papaaroa, 2nd Rutaki, 3rd Imanuela. C Mixed: 1st St Joseph, 2nd Avarua, 3rd Papaaroa.