Island pride at stake in Touch event

Monday August 03, 2020 Written by Published in Touch Rugby
Julz Westrupp leads the charge in a women’s Touch competition last year. Westrupp is expected to participate in the Te Maeva Nui Touch tournament to be held tomorrow at The Swamp. 20080203 Julz Westrupp leads the charge in a women’s Touch competition last year. Westrupp is expected to participate in the Te Maeva Nui Touch tournament to be held tomorrow at The Swamp. 20080203

Eight men’s and six women’s teams will battle for the top prize at the Te Maeva Nui Touch tournament tomorrow.

The Cook Islands Touch Association is pleased with the response from teams wanting to enter the Te Maeva Nui Touch Tournament. 

The tournament which will be held at The Swamp in Avatiu tomorrow will start at about 11.20am.

The association has confirmed the registrations with eight men’s and six women’s teams taking part in the one day event.

The men’s competition will feature Aitutaki, Atiu, Mangaia, Manihiki, Rakahanga, Rarotonga, Tabusoro, and Should’ve Would’ve Could’ve (Aotearoa Maori).

The women’s division will have Aitutaki, Mangaia, Mauke, Mitiaro, Atiu and Rakahanga competing.

The men’s competition will see teams divided into two pools with the top two in each pool progressing to the Cup semifinals. The bottom two teams will progress to the Plate semis. 

The women’s division will have teams taking part in a round robin competition. 

The tournament will be co-sponsored by Bank of the Cook Islands and Vodafone Cook Islands along with the Cook Islands Touch Association.

Association president Daphne Brown said: “The Cook Islands Touch is grateful that during these tough times our sponsors are still coming on board to support this event.”

“Cook Islands Touch have chosen to run this competition in a Pa Enua format to give islands the opportunity to start their preparation for the Cook Islands Games to be held in October. We have invited our Pacific brothers and sisters who have made the Cook Islands their home to also join in. 

“We welcome the inclusion of Tabusoro and Should’ve Would’ve Could’ve (Aotearoa Maori) in the men’s competition.”

Brown said they see the tournament as a fantastic way to celebrate Constitution Day which marks the country’s 55 years of self-governance.

“We are shouting out to everyone to come down to the Avatiu Rugby field for some fast Touch action showcasing island representation and island pride.”

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