A Palmerston player slides in for a try at the opening round of the Cook Islands Beach Games 2021 beach touch competition. Photo: KATRINA TANIRAU. 21011237
Afternoon rainfall was a welcomed relief for players from soaring temperatures on day two of the Cook Islands Beach Games 2021.
Day two of the Cook Islands Beach Games 2021 saw 3X3
basketball teams heading to the Nikao courts ready to beat the scorching heat
and their opponents.
Games started at 3pm with Pool A seeing MAMBA taking on Raro
Ballers, Tabusoro Wale versus Pink Unicorns and Drifters Red going up against
There are two categories (men and women) in 3x3 basketball
competition and four players per team must be on the court at all times.
Photo: LOSIRENE LACANIVALU. 21011232
Meanwhile, on the other side of the beach courts at Nikao
the action was red hot at the beach touch competition.
Cook Islands Touch president Daphne Brown said yesterday
they expected all teams to come out sharp having figured out how to play the
game and adapt to the rules.
Brown says the game of the day was last year’s winner
Notchya and runner up RBDC.
She said Monday was an exciting first day of beach touch
with the juniors kicking off first.
“This is the first time the 16 and Under grade has been
incorporated in the Beach Touch competition,” Brown said.
“The rules of beach touch are a little different to the
normal touch played. For the players these differences take some getting used
She said with the competition already kicked off, the
juniors are now more comfortable with these differences in rules.
Yesterday, saw Wale take on the mighty Nukz Power and it was
also the second-round games between Palmerston and Laudato SI.
Brown said the open grade teams are a mix of regular touch
teams and some new teams from the Cook Islands Games wanting to take part in
the Beach Games and try out beach touch for the first time.
She added the seniors also had a bit of trouble remembering
the differences in rules between beach and regular touch entertaining the crowd
with their reactions and facials.
“All the teams have played with enthusiasm show casing some
excellent running and passing skills.”
Games will start at 3pm on most days over the 14 days,
however starting times will differ daily.
The 2021 Cook Islands Beach Games Festival will officially
run from January 11 to 23 at the Nikao Beach Courts with the valued sponsorship
from Cook Islands Tourism, Te Aponga Uira, Vodafone Cook Islands and the Bank
of the Cook Islands, supported by CISNOC.