The Cook Islands women’s cricket team in Auckland. SUPPLED/24011209
Cook Islands Cricket Association has finalised the team competing in next week’s 2024 SouthSeas Pacific Cup - International Women’s Tournament in Auckland - starting on Tuesday (Cook Islands time).
national side led by captain Tetiare Mataora includes Mummy Elikana, Ioane
Evangelean, Zamera Ikiua, Koitai Mataora, Tailor Miaka, Maya Piakura,
Tapuaiva Piakura, Angite Ruarau, Sofia Samuels, Sonnia Vaia and Esther
2024 Pacific Cup will be held at the Lloyd Elsmore Park (Tamaki Makaurau
Auckland) and will see five East Asia Pacific nations, Cook Islands, Fiji,
Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Vanuatu, including the Aotearoa Māori select team
competing for the title.
tournament will be hosted by New Zealand Cricket and will be broadcast live on
TVNZ and SKY Pacific.
will face each other through pool play, culminating in a grand final on Sunday,
Islands will take on Samoa in their first match followed by Fiji on Tuesday.
T20 games against the EAP nations will offer ranking points, while matches
against the Aotearoa Māori team will be friendly exhibitions. association
president Grant Walker earlier said.
week the association played 13 friendly matches (seven men’s and six women’s)
against the Auckland University Cricket Club and Kumeu Cricket Club.
were trial matches for the men’s side preparing for 2024 ICC World Cup
qualifier in Samoa later in the year and warm-ups to the Pacific Cup for the
association took some new players from Rarotonga and included some New Zealand
said: “I am thrilled at the passion, talent, and desire of the teams we are
building. I think we have a chance to make history in the coming years.”
said the Auckland University Cricket Club has given them approval for the use
of their new state of the art facility.
been an amazing tour for Cook Islands Cricket and it’s just started! We’ve been
given the use of the AUCC High Performance centre as well,” he said.
Both the men’s and women’s teams played at Kumeu Cricket Club yesterday before
attending the Black Caps T20 match against Pakistan last night.
the 2024 Pacific Cup will also represent an opportunity for nations to build
capability around cricket with coach, umpire, and player development sessions
planned for attendees.
The tournament will be officially opened with a pōwhiri on Tuesday.
and Pacific cultures will be on full show at the cultural evening on Friday.
- Cook Islands v Samoa; 3:00pm: Cook Islands vs Fiji; Wednesday: 3pm - Papua New
Guinea vs Cook Islands; Thursday: 10:30am: Aotearoa Māori vs Cook Islands, 3pm:
Cook Islands vs Vanuatu; Saturday: 10.30am: 3rd vs 4th playoff, 5th vs 6th,
Grand final (1st vs 2nd).