Touch records mixed results, Tennis in semis

Thursday July 18, 2019 Written by Published in Touch Rugby

IT WAS a mixed day of results for the Cook Islands Mixed Touch team yesterday at St. Joseph’s College in Apia, Samoa.

 

The team started the day looking to bounce back from disappointing bronze medal final losses for both the open men’s and women’s teams on Tuesday. The Cook Islanders came out strong in their first match, dominating Tonga 12-4 and boosting their confidence heading into the second round.

The national team had no need to search for extra motivation in their next match against Fiji, whose open men’s and women’s teams beat the Cook Islands in Tuesday’s bronze medal finals. The team came out firing, dominating the Fijians to win the match 8-3.

However, fatigue set in and it was a big ask in the third round for the Cook Islands, as they came up against a dominating Papua New Guinea side. The Cook Islanders managed to score five touchdowns, but it was not enough as the Papua New Guineans ran away with a 13-5 win.

In tennis, the duo of Tamara Anderson and Brett Baudinet will play for at least a bronze medal in the mixed doubles tennis competition.

The number four seeds found themselves in the semi-final match after defeating hosts Samoa 6-2, 6-1 in the opening round of the individual competition. The pair followed this up with a hard fought 6-3, 6-1 win over Tonga’s Taufa and Brookie Ma’asi, Baudinet playing three matches in a single day.

It was a tough tussle in the beginning of the pair’s semi-final against Northern Mariana Island’s Colin Sinclair and Carol Lee yesterday. Rain saw the match delayed by an hour, before things finally got underway.

The team found themselves down early, with the score being 3-4 in the first set before rain set in again, postponing the match until today. 

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