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Wednesday 7 December 2022 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Soccer, Sports

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Knockout stages arrive for grassroots football.
22120601 U8Mix Avatiu’s keeper stops Nikao Sokattak player before getting to the goal in last week’s grassroots football. Photo: Supplied

The Semi-Finals week will kick off with the grassroots division today, the last step before teams get themselves ready for the upcoming Finals Week.

The Cook Islands Football Association Complex will host the matches.

The top field will hold the youngest of this division, U6 Mix, followed by the U8 Mix in the middle, then the U10 Mix on the far end of the field. Down further on the bottom field will be the U12 Mix.

Each youngster will be eager to claim the KO Cup and take it back to their clubs, today will put all their hard work to the limits when aiming to get into this very difficult stage of the Rarotonga Football Season and a foot into the finals will be the icing on the cake.

Starting at 4:50pm, are the U18 Men.  Maraerenga’s boys in black are to play Avatiu’s golden boys on CIFAs top field, both sides will be looking at nothing but a spot to finals. Tupapa and Avatiu will also jostle for a place in the finals.

Also, playing at the same time but on the bottom field, second place holders Nikao

Sokattak will play Titikaveka’s boys in blue who snuck their way through to semi-finals after winning a shootout against Matavera last week.

Titikaveka are very capable of unpredictable upsets, and Sokattak will have to be cautious of this blue side, as drive and dedication can outdo wits and skills if not careful.