Matavera’s Luke Areai hustles for possession against Avatiu’s Tione Nand. CIFA MEDIA/22120232
The 2022 Rarotonga football season will today enter knockout eliminations where two venues will host unpredictable thrillers that will decide teams who will live to fight another day.
grounds and Teimurimotia Park will host some exciting matches in all divisions
‘Men in Maroon’ will take on Avatiu’s ‘Golden Giants’, while Puaikura’s ‘Western
Warriors’ will travel down further to battle Titikaveka’s ‘Boys in Blue’.
for a second time in the knockout stage, Avatiu versus Matavera is building
into a mouthwatering contest. Avatiu will be looking to take this win from
Matavera, while the home side will be eager to repeat their upset from last
year and play in the semis a second time in a row.
Ron Rai and George Ellis have to bring their A-game upfront, and ensure any
scoring opportunity get the execution it deserves.
they have to contend with a tough Avatiu defence led by Jarves Aperau and Ariki
will need to support their forwards, as the usual scorers Aaron Smith and Viiga
Reupena, will need clear balls when running down the line.
defence will be led by sturdy Alex Stewart who will be tracking Avatiu’s every
move, while Ed Brogan will keep a close watch for any sneaky cross passes or
through balls that go anywhere near their goal.
last match between the two saw Avatiu dominating, stealing possession and
heading straight for goal.
will have to elevate their intensity if they want to progress into the
in Titikaveka, Puaikura’s Paul Luiz Van Ejik, staunch as ever, will be leading
his side against the hosts. Titikaveka’s Rua Oti will be spearheading the home
team’s campaign in this do or die battle.
Cup champions Tupapa Maraerenga and Nikao Sokattak have booked their spots in
school, Matavera – 12.30pm Under 15
Girls. Matavera FC vs Titikaveka FC (Ref: Terry Piri, Assist: Carl
Fredrick, Kimberly Uini) 1.30pm Under
15 Boys. Tupapa Maraerenga FC vs Titikaveka FC (Ref: Ua Savage, Assist:
Junior Savage, Noovao Noovao), 2.40pm Senior
Women. Avatiu FC vs Matavera FC (Ref: Robert Savage, Assist: Carl Fredrick, Ua Savage), 4.15pm
Premier Men. Avatiu FC vs Matavera FC (Ref:
Maara Kaukura, Assist: Teina
Savage, Robert Savage). Teimurimotia
Park, Titikaveka – 12.30pm Under
15 Girls. Nikao Sokattak FC vs Puaikura FC (Ref: Merian Noovao, Assist: Penina Katuke, Ratai Kaukura),
1.30pm Under 15 Boys. Nikao Sokattak FC
vs Puaikura FC (Ref: Maara Kaukura, Assist: Teupoko Tuariki, Matilda Auua), 2.40pm Senior Women. Titikaveka FC vs Nikao Sokattak
FC (Ref: Mata Iroa, Assist: Theressa
Kaukura, Merian Noovao), 4.15pm Premier
Men Titikaveka FC vs Puaikura FC (Ref: John Pareanga, Assist: Penina Katuke, Mata Iroa).