After a slow kick off to their 2019 Round Cup Championship campaign, the Tupapa premier men struggled last week but managed to put away Matavera 1-0.
Today they will play a much more resilient Puaikura side who defeated Matavera 4-0 in their first match of the season.
Puaikura’s convincing win over Matavera makes the side a top bet in today’s match. Puaikura’s Jarvis Aperau, will play a key role in preventing the Tupapa offence today while his teammates Conroy Tiputoa and Campbell Best will lead the attack.
In the senior women’s division, Puaikura and Tupapa both began their seasons on high notes coming away with wins.
Both teams triumphed against the young and inexperienced Matavera side.
A win today could either put Tupapa in a good lead over the other clubs or Puaikura in a position to contest the title. The two teams will go head to head at 2:30pm
The other match between Nikao Sokattak and Matavera will be played at the Nikao Field.
Nikao Field. Nikao Sokattak FC vs Matavera FC – 12.30pm Under 14 Girls (Ref: Tahiri Elikana, Assist: Mata Iroa, Ua Savage), 1.30pm Under 14 Boys (Ref: Robert Savage, Assist: Junior Savage, Ua Savage), 2.30pm Senior Women (Ref: Mata Iroa, Assist: Robert Savage, Tahiri Elikana), 4pm Premier Men (Ref: Robert Savage, Assist: Tehainnah Tatuava, Junior Savage). CIFA complex, Matavera. Tupapa Maraerenga FC vs Puaikura FC – 12.30pm Under 14 Girls (Ref: Lai Gukisuva, Assist: Ngametua Taringa, Teretia Teinaki), 1.30pm Under 14 Boys (Ref: John Pareanga, Assist: Kura Smith, Penina Katuke), 2.30pm Senior Women (Ref: Lai Gukisuva, Assist: Edmund Tupuna, Tione Nand), 4pm Premier Men (Ref: Maara Kaukura, Assist: John Pareanga, Pierce Iripa)
Nikao Sokattak-Titikaveka: U7’s 3-0, U9’s 4-1, U11’s 2-4, U14 Girls 2-0, U14 Boys 0-9, Senior Women 0-4, Premier Men 2-2; Tupapa Maraerenga-Matavera-Ngatangiia: U7’s 3-3, U9’s 8-0, U11’s 1-3, U14 Girls 0-0, U14 Boys 8-0, Senior Women 13-0, Premier Men 1-0; Avatiu-Puaikura: U7’s 2-2, U9’s 0-1, U11’s 4-0