Avatiu Eels’ Maeva Robati against Tupapa Panthers in the final. Robati was awarded the best player. 22110707
Cook Islands Rugby Union concluded its 2022 season with the annual Raro 7s tournament over the weekend.
the eleventh hour changes to draws due to teams pulling out, the Union managed
to put together the tournament with only 11 teams competing across three
divisions – five in men’s and three each in women’s and under-18 men’s
two-day tournament kicked off on Friday with the preliminary round matches
followed by the knockouts on Saturday, at the National Stadium in Nikao.
unbeaten Avatiu Eels coached by Clive Nicholas won the men’s division beating
former champions Tupapa Panthers 17-0 in the final on Saturday.
the women’s division, Lady Bears were crowned the new champions after the
Arorangi-based side beat 2021 champs Lady Panthers by 17-0.
the Under-18 competition final, Bears defeated Panthers 31–7.
Islands Rugby Union development manager Ben Koteka thanked the teams and
sponsors for helping them stage the 33rd edition of the tournament.
these testing times thank you to all our teams, players and coaches – a special
mention going out to the Aitutaki contingent who contributed three teams –
brilliant support from Aitutaki,” Koteka said.
atupaka, to all our sponsors – Vodafone, Te Aponga Uira, Ministry of Culture,
Edgewater Resort & Spa, Island Car & Bike Hire, CISNOC, Cook Islands
Building Supplies, Tourism CI, CI General Transport, Hawaii-Pacific Maritime,
Raro Xpo, CITV, The Islander Hotel, Vaima water, Red Cross, Ministry of Health,
ANZ Bank and Minister of Sport
Honourable Mac Mokoroa for his continued contribution to the tournament.’
grateful for your continued support to ensure we have been able to celebrate
Raro Rugby 7s into its 33rd year. Not forgetting the great assistance from the
NZ Referees/physio – Paul, Steve and Moe, all our local referee, Tanya our
physio from NZ – thank you for your valuable contribution, our ball boys, bench
officials, judiciary and administrators, to our tournament coordinator – Jessie
and her hard working team, meitaki ma’ata and kia manuia to you all.”
Panthers 5 Avatiu 31, M Yalovata A 12 Aitutaki 14, U18 Panthers 10 Bears 27, W
Panthers 22 Aitutaki 0, M Aitutaki 0 Panthers 41, M Avatiu 47 Yalovata B 10,
U18 Bears 24 Aitutaki 0, W Panthers 0 Bears 24, M Yalovata B 12 Aitutaki 24, M Panthers 0 Yalovata A
14. W Bears 24 Aitutaki 0, M
Yalovata A 52 Yalovata B 7, M Aitutaki 7 Avatiu 42,
U18 Aitutaki 5 Panthers 5, M Avatiu 26 Yalovata A 12, M Yalovata B 0 Panthers
53, U18 Bears 31 Panthers 7, W Bears 17 Panthers 0, M Avatiu 17 Panthers 0.