The side, led by Cook Islands Touch reps Boss Noovao and Andrew Mokoroa, defeated New Zealand’s Northern Stormerz 3-2 in a closely-contested final.
The Junior Charlie-led Northern Stormerz came out firing and scored two quick touchdowns to take an early 2-0 lead.
However, Bulletz, made up of local and overseas players, who are here on holiday, were able to bounce back to level the score.
Stacked with former rep players including Rarotonga’s Kris Williamson, the Bulletz were able to unsettle the Stormerz with their attacking flair and quickly equalised with two touchdowns of their own.
The final minutes of the game was a nail-biting affair with both sides throwing everything at each other to get the winner, but it was the Bulletz team that scored the winning touchdown to take the lead and eventually claim the title.
A total of 18 teams including 007, Nukz Power, Team ATT, Mongoose, some family teams, work teams and church team, Celebration, took part in the day-long mixed tournament.
Cook Islands Touch Association president Daphne Brown said it was fantastic to see a number of family teams and returning rep players from New Zealand and Australia joining the annual Boxing Day tournament.
“It was a fantastic day of touch under hot conditions. It was a good mix of teams and players, other than your usual regular touch teams,” Brown said.
“There were many family teams just coming out to have a great day. It was good to see Junior Charlie of the Northern Stormerz bring his team over from New Zealand.
“Junior Charlie is a Cook Islands Pacific Games medalist in sailing now residing in New Zealand. He has just made the Counties touch rep team. His touch team is made up of his first and second cousins.”
The tournament, which has been running for over two decades, also featured touch legend Peter Walters from New Zealand. He played for the Fambamz and officiated in the final match between Bulletz and Northern Stormerz.
Walters will be running a coaching clinic at 4pm at the Avatiu Rugby Field. The clinic is open to anyone interested.
“The Cook Islands Touch Association encourages all touch players, coaches and referees to come to the clinic and take advantage of this golden opportunity to meet and learn from Pete,” Brown said.
The Cook Islands Touch also acknowledged and congratulated the teams who made an effort to be in a proper touch uniform, he added
“We note more teams this year had organised uniforms so we decided to have a prize for the best-dressed team. We were looking at tops, shorts and numbering, colour and design.
“The winners had to be the Pissheads – they were definite standouts and properly attired,” she said.
“The Cook Islands Touch is very grateful to Bluesky for its continued sponsorship, especially so soon after the fire that destroyed the Aroa cell site.
“The Boxing Day tournament was a great way to relaunch the 4G mobile network that is now up and running.
“All teams enjoyed prizes by the major sponsor Bluesky and supporting sponsors CITC Liquor, CITA, Taua Benioni and the Cook Islands League Nines and Jeff Murray.”
The domestic touch season kicks off in January and all teams are asked to finalise their registration with Daphne Brown on 54171 or June Putere 53361.
The 2018 season will have competitions in the men’s, women’s and mixed grades and will run for three months.
Best Dressed team in full uniform – Pissheads, Best Behaved team and punctual – Celebration, First team to pay fee – Ventura’s, Novelty Race – Foodland, Sheer Brilliance Try of the Day - Bim Tou, Best Try – Maeva Poaru, Most Valuable Player – Male – Junior Charlie of Northern Stormerz, Most Valuable Player – Female – Rosania of Northern Stormerz, Junior Most Valuable Player – Tepaeru Ngaroi of Team Foodland.