Tupapa Maraerenga’s Grover Harmon vies for possession in an aerial tussle with Puaikura FC last week. Tupapa will play Matavera this afternoon at CIFA Complex. 22111834
The Rarotonga football season will see two interesting battles between Tupapa versus Matavera and Titikaveka versus Avatiu.
In the battle of neighbours, Tupapa will host Matavera
at CIFA Complex this afternoon. The fixtures will start at 11.15am with the BSP
U15 Boys and the main matches – senior women and premier men – will kick off at
2.40pm and 4.15pm, respectively.
In the Tower Insurance premier men’s clash, Tupapa’s
men in black are expected to go all out hunting for goals against Matavera who
failed to improve their standings on the points table after a disappointing
loss against previously winless Titikaveka.
Matavera will be hoping to stage a major upset to make
up for last week’s loss and strengthen their top four placings.
In form Tupapa forward Lee Harmon will be a thorn for
Matavera defence after impressive performances in the competition. The Maroons
will be relying on veteran Ed Brogan to keep Tupapa attackers at bay alongside
Jean Teatai Ariki.
Maroons forward Shivnesh Chandra, hardworking as ever,
can prove a handful for Tupapa defenders Oscar Wichman and Teina Savage.
However Chandra is a doubt for today’s match.
While Tupapa will march into the match as heavy
favourites, anything is possible as the football season reaches its final
stages. The onus is on Matavera to play their cards rights to get the much-needed
win in the crucial stage of the competition.
In The Islander senior women’s division, Tupapa’s
ladies in black will be gunning for win to close in on Puaikura who leads the
Matavera’s maroon maidens are also expected to give
their best to win the three points.
In the other match, Titikaveka will host Avatiu at
CIFA complex, Matavera – 11.15am Under 15 Boys. Tupapa Maraerenga FC vs Matavera FC (Ref: Merian Noovao, Assist: Tailei Blake, Theressa Kaukura), 12.15pm Under 15 Girls.
Tupapa Maraerenga FC vs Matavera FC (Ref: Lai
Noovao Blake, Ratai Kaukura), 1.15pm
Under 18 Men. Tupapa Maraerenga FC vs Matavera FC (Ref: Maara Kaukura, Assist:
John Pareanga, Teina Savage), 2.40pm
Senior Women. Tupapa Maraerenga FC vs Matavera FC (Ref: Lai Gukisuva, Assist:
Merian Noovao, Theressa Kaukura), 4.15pm
Premier Men. Tupapa Maraerenga FC vs Matavera FC (Ref: John Pareanga, Assist:
Kimberly Uini, Maara Kaukura).
At Teimurimotia Park, Titikaveka – 12.30pm Under 15 Girls. Titikaveka FC vs Avatiu FC (Ref: Mata Iroa, Assist: Penina Katuke, Matilda Auua), 1.30pm Under 15 Boys. Titikaveka FC vs Avatiu FC (Ref: Ua Savage, Assist:
Jaceliene Nand, Junior Savage), 2.40pm
Senior Women. Titikaveka FC vs Avatiu FC (Ref: Mata Iroa, Assist:
Ua Savage, Teupoko Tuariki), 4.15pm
Premier Men. Titikaveka FC vs Avatiu FC (Ref: Robert Savage, Assist: Junior Savage, Carl Fredrick).