The Cook Islands Touch teams made a solid start at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa, with both teams progressing through to the next stages of the competition.
The open men’s side played in the opening game of the tournament, outclassing their Solomon Islands opponents 13-2. They met a tough Fijian side in the second round, narrowly going down 5-6. In their third and final match of the day, the team played a classy Papua New Guinea outfit that overpowered them, defeating the Cook Islanders 3-7.
Day two started with an exciting matchup against hosts Samoa for the men. The team bounced back from the loss against Papua New Guinea, defeating their Samoan opponents 8-6. They had a bye in the fifth round, before meeting Tonga in round six. The team continued their winning ways on day two, downing the Tongans 10-1.
The open women’s team went undefeated on the first day of the competition, beginning with a dominating 12-3 win over Tonga. They met a competitive Fijian side in round two, with neither team separating themselves after two halves of enthralling touch football. The match ended in a five-all draw.
Day two saw the women’s side go up against a tough team from Papua New Guinea, who managed to come away with a 6-2 win. The team met Samoa in their final match of round-robin play, defeating the host nation 6-4.
After two days of competition, the men’s side sit on fourth place, just good enough to see them make it through to the semi-finals. The women finished their round robin competition in second place and will meet Samoa once again, this time in their semi-final match.