In a hotly-contested final, Bulletz Young Guns defeated 007 by 2-1 to win the 23rd annual tournament.
Bulletz Young Guns, led by Andrew Mokoroa, who represented the Cook Islands at the World Cup held in Sydney, had to battle hard to come away with the win against the local touch stalwart, the Andy Kapi-led 007.
Both teams were boosted by current and former national representatives and had a mixture of experienced and youth players, who set up a tantalising battle to kick start the 2016 touch rugby season on a high.
In the semi-finals, Bulletz Young Guns overcame last year’s champions RBDC, while 007 defeated UFC.
“The semi-final games to determine who gets to play in the final were closely fough- out matches,” said the president of Cook Island Touch Association, Daphne Brown.
“The semi-final games were played at high intensity and skills and could have easily been mistaken as the final.
“All four teams boasted national and former national players from as recent as the Pacific Games in PNG and Touch World Cup held in Sydney, including past Pacific Games and World Cup.”
Brown hailed the tournament a success, adding it was a perfect build-up for the upcoming season.
“Despite the hot weather, it was another successful Boxing Day Touch Tournament enjoyed by the players and spectators.
“It was a day filled with displays of speed, skills and laughs. Cook Islands Touch congratulates all the teams who took part in the 2015 Boxing Day Touch and thanks the sponsors, Bluesky, CITC Liquor and Prime Foods.”
The Most Valuable Male Player of the Day went to Boss Noovao of the Bulletz Young Gunz team while the Most Valuable Female Player of the Day went to Rosa Kauvai, also of Bulletz Young Guns.
The Outstanding Youngest Player Award went to Logan Ahau from Papa Raui’s Team.