From left to right: Tereapii Akavi, Te Pa O Te Rangi Tupa, Zarrian Heather-Rau and Kaiyin Mataio. 21110802
It was a slamming weekend for Badminton Cook Islands with the Badminton Under 15s Championship Games taking place on Friday and Saturday from 4pm-7pm at the TSA courts.
Thirty players participated in singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches with most of the players being part of Badminton Cook Islands’ development programme for the Under 15s and Under 13s age range.
The results from each of the players’ performances on the court will set them up to qualify for the upcoming Oceania Junior Championships in New Zealand which is hopefully set to take place in February next year.
The U13 squad participating just recently
returned from New Zealand after they were stuck in lockdown on the way home
from attending a separate badminton competition earlier in the year.
Thomas Ngauru, president of Badminton Cook
Islands, said that those players were back in good spirits and had come back
with a new strength and passion for the game.
“It seemed to have really brought them
together,” Ngauru said.
Even with only two weeks of preparation,
they looked forward to taking part in the final tournament of the year.
“We always look forward to seeing how
players do well against each other, especially when it means so much for their
selection next year in the Oceania Championships. It’s also good preparation
for the new year,” said Ngauru.
Day one saw a blend of games from boys
singles, girls singles, boys doubles, girls doubles and mixed doubles matches
being played with finals held on Saturday. There were additional consolation
matches held. Highlight matches saw a more talented boys doubles team being taken
out in an exhilarating match of 22-20, 12-21, and 21-15.
The final day on Saturday kicked off with mixed
doubles elimination matches which turned out to be another evening of exciting
“Unfortunately nerves defeated the best of
many of the athletes,” Ngauru said.
This year’s winners for boys and girls
singles, saw both of them take out first placing in mixed doubles and girls and
The night ended with a prize giving with
each winner receiving Vodafone top up vouchers and some also receiving goodies.
The Junior Development Squad also
participated in their respective age groups, showcasing their abilities and
wellness levels on the courts. The Junior Development Squad have had
intensified on court training and strength and condition training throughout
this entire year to showcase their abilities as well as to see how well they
Badminton Cook Islands wanted to say a
huge meitaki maata to Badminton Oceania and their main sponsor Vodafone Cook
Islands, making events such as these possible.
A big thank you was also extended to the coaches and The Box Tumuora for developing and empowering their juniors and the for Badminton Cook Islands management and the parents of the players for their time and efforts.
Boys Singles U15: Nooroa Tetauru vs Makea
Pauka - 21-16, 2-10, Eliakima Webb vs Maeva Kirikava - 17-21, 21-18, 21-16, Jade
Cowan vs Apenisa Botitini - 23-25,
21-16, 26-24, Augustine Teraitua vs Haize Gamez - 21-18, 21-8, Tahitoa Webb vs
Tino Bogitini - 21-9, 21-6, Edward Patai vs Raeyaan Narayan - 25-23, 21-13, Zarrian
Heather-Rau vs Nooroa Tetauru - 21-9, 21-12, Eliakima Webb vs Jade Cowan -
21-14, 21-14, Tahitoa Webb vs Augustine Teraitua - 21-18, 21-17, Kaiyin Mataio
vs Edward Patai, 21-6, 21-9, Maeva Kirikava vs Apenisa Botitini - 22-20, 21-15,
Haize Gamez vs Tino Bogitini - 21-14, 21-178, Zarrian Heather-Rau vs Eliakima
Webb - 21-12, 21-9, Kaiyin Mataio vs Tahitoa Webb - 21-11, 18-21, 21-15, Maeva
Kirikava vs Makea Pauka - 21-12, 18-21, 21-10, Haize Gamez vs Raeyaan Narayan - 21-16, 21-15, Zarrian
Heather-Rau vs Kaiyin Mataio - 21-12, 21-18, Maeva Kirikava vs Haize Gamez -
21-5, 21-10. Girls Singles U15:
Vaitea Ama vs Lana Aperau-Toa - 21-9,
21-14, Tuaanaore Mitchell vs Rosa Kureta - 21-10, 21-8, Casonya Bates vs Edon
Teraitua - 21-14, 21-18, Loureina Kureta vs Arihoia Sprague-Marsters - 21-6,
21-7, Darlene Kureta vs Tangi Tangapiri - 21-16, 12-21, 21-15, Te Pa O Te Rangi
Tupa vs Vaitea Ama - 21-8, 21-6, Tehani Matapo vs Tuaanaore Mitchell - 21-19,
21-15, Loureina Kureta vs Casonya Bates - 21-6, 21-11, Tereapii Akavi vs
Darlene Kureta - 21-7, 21-8, Rosa Kureta vs
Lana Aperau-Toa - 21-15, 21-15, Edon Teraitua vs Arihoia Sprague-Marsters - 21-9, 21-11, Te Pa O Te
Rangi Tupa vs Tehani Matapo - 19-21, 21-11, 21-13, Loureina Kureta vs Terapii
Akavi - 21-13, 14-21, 21-12, Edon Teraitua vs Tangi Tangapiri - 21-19, 21-19,Te
Pa O Te Rangi Tupa vs Loureina Kureta - 21-11, 21-18, Edon Teraitua vs Rosa
Kureta - 21-19, 22-20. Boy’s Doubles U15:
Jade Cowan and Maeva Kirikava vs Haize
Gamez and Makea Pauka - 21-13, 21-17, Tino Bogitini and Apenisa Botitini vs
Rauyaan Narayan and Nooroa Tetauru - 21-19, 21-19, Edward Patai and Eliakima
Webb vs Augustine Teraitua and Tahitoa Webb - 22-20, 12-21, 21-15, Zarrian
Heather-Rau and Kaiyin Mataio vs Jade Cowan and Maeva Kirikava - 21-6, 21-9, Edward
Patai and Eliakima Webb vs Tino Bogitini and Apenisa Botitini - 21-11, 21-14, Augustine
Teraitua and Tahitoa Webb vs Raeyaan Narayan and Nooroa Tetauru - 21-5, 21-15, Zarrian
Heather-Rau and Kaiyin Mataio vs Edward Patai and Eliakima Webb - 21-9, 21-14, Augustine
Teraitua and Tahitoa Webb vs Haize Gamez and Makea Pauka - 21-10, 21-11. Girls
Doubles U15: Vaitea Ama and Tehani Matapo vs Arihoia Sprague-Masters and Tangi Tangapiri
- 21-9, 21-10, Darlene Kurea and Rosa Kureta vs Lana Aperau-Toa and Casonya
Bates - 21-17, 15-21, 22-20, Tereapii Akavi and Te Pa O Te Rangi Tupa vs Vaitea
Ama and Tehani Matapo - 21-5, 21-14, Loureina Kuretea and Tuaanaore Mitchell vs
Darlene Kureta and Rosa Kureta - 21-6, 21-15, Lana Aperau-Toa and Casonya Bates
vs Arihoia Sprague-Masters and Tangi Tangapiri - Walkover , Terapii Akavi and
Te Pa O Te Rangi Tupa vs Loureina Kuretea and Tuaanaore Mitchell - 21-12, 21-15.