Gold in mind for touch rugby

Thursday May 28, 2015 Written by Published in Touch Rugby
Apii Vavia is one of the young and exciting touch players named in the women’s national team which is eyeing Pacifi c Games gold. Vavia is one of the youthful stars in a team that also boasts some of the island’s most seasoned national touch rugby campaigners. Apii Vavia is one of the young and exciting touch players named in the women’s national team which is eyeing Pacifi c Games gold. Vavia is one of the youthful stars in a team that also boasts some of the island’s most seasoned national touch rugby campaigners.

There are high expectations for the recently-named Pacific Games national women’s touch rugby squad to finish on the podium and win a gold medal.

Under the guidance of head coach Mark Brown, touch players have been in training since late last year with sessions becoming more frequent and intense over recent months.

With the women’s squad being named this week, training sessions are set to become tougher as Brown hones his athletes into gold medal winning warriors.

Fitness and skills have been the focus of touch rugby training with a healthy dose of positive motivation from coach Brown who encouraged his talented touch rugby athletes to think like ‘soldiers in arms’.

“Speak with encouragement and confidence, act with a positive attitude, think like a winner,” are words Brown is often heard drilling into his team.

The squad also live the motto of ‘one team, one dream’ as they eat, sleep and live touch rugby all with the one common goal of taking to the Pacific Games podium for the gold medal.

The pressure is now on for the team to perform for each other and the rest of the nation.

The national women’s touch rugby squad boasts both experienced seasoned touch rugby campaigners including the ever-fit Julz Westrupp, long-time touch stalwarts Taromi Urirau, Edith Nicholas and Rangi Apera and exciting youth players including the speedy Teiti Tupuna and the consistently hardworking Jan Dawn Taia.

The full women’s national touch rugby squad members are Julz Westrupp, Sunielia Tom, Teiti Tupuna, Rima Moekaa, Taromi Urirau, Jan Dawn Taia, Apii Vavia, Rangi Apera, Pare Noovao, Alex Marsters, Edith Nicholas, Mary Adams (Auckland), Dayna Napa (Christchurch), Ngapoko Kamana (Gold Coast) and Eliana Rima.

The management team includes coach Mark Brown, Daphne Brown, Tangata Samania and Lora Tauira. 

The Cook Islands will compete in the open women, open men and mixed division of the Pacific Games touch competition.

The men’s touch rugby team will be announced shortly and a combination of the men’s and women’s team will make up the mixed touch team.

Papua New Guinea is set to host the Pacific Games from July 4 to 18, with the touch rugby competition to be held at the Bisini grounds.

Team Cook Islands is expected to be made up of about 180 athletes from 13 sports codes including athletics, body building, cricket, golf, lawn ball, beach volleyball, netball, league nines, sailing, football, touch rugby, oe vaka and weightlifting.  

1 comment

  • Comment Link Mainz Tuesday, 09 June 2015 15:57 posted by Mainz

    Congratulations to all of you talented athletes who have been selected in our National team, it's awesome to see a well balanced team selected with the blend of both experience and youth!

    All the best with your campaign Mark and the girls. I know the team will do us all proud and give it their all. Representing the Cooks and winning Gold in Samoa is one of my most memorable sporting achievements and you all have an exciting opportunity to do the same and to also etch your names in to the Touch Football history of our nation next month.

    To our girls, there shouldn't be a shortage of motivation to deliver the performance of your lives as there is no bigger honor than representing your country...I know you will all be putting in the hard work to ensure your goals are achieved and that you come back home as Pacific Champions!

    "One Team, One Dream"

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