Northern Stormers claim Touch title

Saturday December 28, 2019 Written by Published in Touch Rugby
Northern Stormers won the Boxing Day Touch Tournament. 19122750 Northern Stormers won the Boxing Day Touch Tournament. 19122750

Northern Stormers beat RBDC to claim the 2019 Bluesky Boxing Day Touch Tournament at The Swamp in Avatiu on Thursday.

The finalists comprising national reps proved teams to beat after breezing past their opponents in the preliminary competition.

 

In the final, Northern Stormers and RBDC battled tooth and nail for the main prize. The Stormers survived the test winning 7-4.

But it was RBDC who started on a high with Conrad Piri scoring the opening try from an intercept.

The Northern Stormers responded immediately from the restart through Junior Charlie. 

Both teams scored again led by their respective captains but it was Northern Stormers who led 3-2 at halftime. 

A great second half filled with terrific attack moves and desperate defence by both teams saw the Northern Stormers edge ahead by 7-4 to win the title.

Cook Islands Touch president Daphne Brown said despite the unpredictable weather, they managed to get the maximum 16 teams who competed in the daylong tournament.

“Some headed to the field early to put up their team marques to claim their team camp around the field. It was a full on day of colour and touch action,” Brown said.

“It was a great day for the games at the Swamp with a huge turnout of players and spectators. All teams displayed a high standard of play and it made teams work hard to secure a berth in the quarter finals.”

Teams played a minimum of four games, some went on to play five to six games in the tournament, Brown said.

“After 28 years the Boxing Day competition is still going strong.  A special mention to the major sponsor Bluesky Cook Islands for their continued support of the event in making it a special day of fun for everyone, young and old and for teams to walk away with a prize. 

“Also a big thank you to our supporting sponsors Avarua Bakery, Palace Takeaways and Ronnie Siulepa.  A huge congratulations and meitaki maata to all the teams and volunteer referees that took part in the 2019 Bluesky Boxing Day competition.”

The next competition for Touch fans to look forward to is the weeklong Cook Islands Beach Games from January 6 to 11.

The Beach Touch games will be held on January 6 and 7 at the Volleyball Beach Courts at the Nikao Social Centre.

Following on from the beach touch will be the normal men’s, women’s and mixed Touch season. Registration for teams is now open.

“The Touch organisers wishes everyone a happy new year,” Brown said.

 

Results

Cup Final: winner Northern Stormers, MVP male: Braden Kamana, MVP female: Zayche Baldwin from Northern Stormers, Best Dress Team: RBDC, Best Try: Nicole Tiore of RBDC, Youngest players: Alandra Ngaroi from Team KAPS and Logan Ahau from Team Wet Cheese.

 

 

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