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Monday 23 October 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in League, Sports
Esan Marsters who was dominating in attack for the Cook Islands celebrates after scoring a try against Fiji Bati. NRL/23102211
Marsters who plays for the Huddersfield Giants in the Super
League said Papua New Guinea had more exposure which had seen the game grow.
The 27-year-old said tournaments such as the Pacific
Championships would benefit Cook Islands and other Pacific nations as well in
terms of growing the game.
“This tournament is good for us and all the islands,” Marsters
“Look what it has done to Papua New Guinea and how the game has
“Being here (PNG) and getting treated like a rock star, it’s
crazy, just great experience and how we were welcomed.
“If we can build that similar passion all across the 15 islands
in the Cook Islands it would be great for our country.”
Marsters said the tournament had provided great opportunity for
young players and that it would build the team in the future.
“A lot of young guys got their opportunity to make their debut
and it’s good for us,” he said.
“It’s a good exposure for them to go against NRL players in PNG
and Fiji sides
“They now know what it’s like to play at this level and what
it’s like to play against players that have passion.
“A lot of countries play with so much passion and you cannot
measure that in a game, it’s much more to them than us so it’s a good
experience for them.”
Marsters said there were a number of NRL players who were
eligible to represent Cook Islands but had made their choice to play for
Australia and New Zealand.
Cook Islands Aitu lost both their Pacific Championship matches –
10-46 to Papua New Guinea Kumuls and a close 18-22 to Fiji Bati.