Touch players line up at The Swamp. Picture: RONNIE SI’ULEPA/ 22041314 Picture: RONNIE SI’ULEPA/ 22041314
Cook Islands Touch Association received a positive response from their clubs with majority confirmed to participate in the weekly open and mixed competitions resuming next week.
The weekly touch competition was one of the sports events affected by the suspension of contact sport due to Covid-19 cases in Rarotonga.
lifted the suspension earlier this month but required participants to undertake
rapid antigen tests (RATs) resulting in sporting federations complaining about
the costs and logistical issues.
Minister Mark Brown last week announced that from today, RAT tests will no
longer be required for contact sport in Rarotonga.
Islands Touch this week sent emails out to their clubs to gauge their interest.
email also confirmed that their 2022 season will resume on Wednesday, April 20
at the Avatiu field.
grades will be allowed to resume the competition pending the number of teams
that decide to continue,” the email said.
season will be shortened to six weeks (finishing end of May) - the draw will be
redone to reflect this change.
avoid the season dragging out even more, if you are unable to field a team for
your scheduled game you will forfeit that game. However, CITA are thinking of a
way to avoid your team being too disadvantaged on the points table (e.g.
instead of getting 0 points for the loss you may get 1 point).”
president Julz Westrupp said they were still deciding on the best approach and
will confirm the draws and the format before the season resumes on Wednesday.
confirmed teams as of 4pm yesterday include:
– Nukz Power, BITG (waiting on Team ATT, Palmerston has pulled out)
– all 4 teams have confirmed
– 007, GAT, Nukz Power (waiting on Buffalo Bears and Team ATT, Evolution has
– Nukz, Power, Atiu, GAT (waiting on Team ATT, Evolution and Palmerston has
– FBI, Nukz Power, Nikz (waiting on Team ATT and Bounty)
said: “The response has been good. We do have good cash prizes up for
grabs thanks to our two sponsors, Bank of the Cook Islands and Vodafone.”
the Cook Islands Rugby League will make their final decision on their season
early next week following reports that two premier men’s clubs have pulled out
of the competition.