Former Tupapa player Wayken Punga will feature for Nikao this year. 18013016
The weekly 2021 Rarotonga Cricket Club competition will kick off this Saturday with seven women and eight men’s teams battling for the titles.
The newly-formed K-11 will be the team to be reckoned with
in the men’s competition this year.
K-11 is one of the two new inclusions in the weekly
competition which gets underway this weekend. The other inclusion, Muri is
making a return in the women’s division this year.
K-11 is made up of former Tupapa players who featured for
Matavera in the past seasons. They include the likes of veterans Ray Roumanu,
Osolai Akai and Ben Vakatini.
Davis Teinaki, the chief executive officer of Cook Islands
Cricket Association, says K-11 will enter the competition as underdog.
“They mostly comprise former Tupapa players who are
returning back to the village and playing under the banner of K-11. They have
secured a sponsorship from the On The Rock (OTR) Nightclub,” Teinaki said.
“We also have Turangi (defending champions) and Nikao who
are the top favourites as well. We can also expect a tough challenge from
Arorangi led by Hori Miller.”
Deacon Teapa will lead the Nikao side which is expected to
have a good mix of young and experienced players, including former Tupapa
skipper Wayken Punga.
Defending champions Turangi will be led by the likes of Vane
Tangimetua Sr, Vane Tangimetua Jr and Richard Piakura.
Nikao will take on former champions Matavera at Matavera
Field while Turangi will host TKV in round one games tomorrow.
In the other men’s matches, Arorangi will host Tupapa at
Raemaru Park while Muri will battle K-11 at Nukupure Park.
In the women’s competition, defending champions Matavera and
Turangi are the top bets but Teinaki expects a tough challenge from the other
teams, especially Arorangi.
Matavera will host Nikao while Turangi will face TKV at
Turangi Oval tomorrow. Arorangi will play Tupapa at Raemaru Park in the other
women’s match in round one. The returning Muri side is on bye this weekend.
Teinaki said: “We are looking forward to this year’s
competition and expecting some tough challenges in both divisions. With no
clear favourites, this year’s competition will surely be an exciting one.”
The matches will kick off at 12.30pm with the women’s game followed
by men’s at 3pm.
Women – Matavera vs Nikao - Matavera Field, Turangi vs TKV -
Turangi Oval, Arorangi vs Tupapa - Raemaru Park, Muri – Bye.
Men – Matavera vs Nikao - Matavera Field, Turangi vs TKV -
Turangi Oval, Arorangi vs Tupapa - Raemaru Park, Muri vs K-11 - Nukupure Park.