Bounty Hunters capture women’s touch trophy

Wednesday April 15, 2015 Written by Published in Touch Rugby
Lora Tauira and Rangi Apera worked well together to lead the Bounty Hunters to victory on Monday. Lora Tauira and Rangi Apera worked well together to lead the Bounty Hunters to victory on Monday.

Women touch rugby players set the grand finals benchmark on Monday, with fast and intense games played to wrap up the women’s season.

Today mixed teams will play out their division grand finals, with the 007 crew taking on ICI for top honours while TCI and South Coast Scorpions will play for third place.

The plate final will be played between Nukz Power and Mongoose, while Aroa Bay and MFEM will play in the bowl final.

The bowl and plate final matches will be played at the same time of 5pm at Nikao field. 

Games are sure to be dynamic in the men and women combined mixed division.

Many of the women who took to the field on Monday for their division grand finals will return to the field again today to help their teams across the line.

In Monday’s open women grand final matches, it was a young and determined South Coast Scorpion team that did the damage.

Led by Taio sisters Mary and Moana and the experienced Pare Tangata, the young side rose to the occasion despite a lack of players. They outwitted and outscored the experienced crew of FBI to take out third place in a fiercely-fought battle, 5-4.

Hats off to the FBI women, with the likes of touch stalwarts Taromi Urirau, Daphne Brown putting up a tenacious fight. 

In the main grand final, the undefeated Bounty Hunters were made to work hard by a committed Nukz Power crew who despite some brilliant efforts, were unable to turn great plays into points.

The experienced Hunters led by Lora Tauira and Rangi Apera kept their cool and stuck to a simple game plan that won them the grand final 5-1.

For her outstanding efforts all season, young Mitiaro playmaker Jan Dawn Taia was named most improved player, while speedy Hunters winger Teiti Tupuna won the most valuable player of the season title.

The Cook Islands Touch Association was also pleasantly surprised to have New Zealand under 19 women’s touch coach Rolph Watson at the grand finals.

Watson had the honour of presenting the winning women’s touch players with their awards and trophies.

For more grand finals touch action, get along to the Nikao field for the wrap-up of the social mixed division.  

Today’s mixed division grand final draw – 5pm on field one – (plate final) Nukz Power vs Mongoose, 5pm on field two (bowl final) Aroa Bay vs MFEM, 5.40pm (third place) TCI vs South Coast Scorpions, 6.20pm (grand final) 007 vs ICI.

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