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Thursday 28 September 2023 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Sports, Tennis


Youngsters impress in Mini Tennis Tournament
From left, U8 Boys and U8 Girls winners Teata Rima (Takitumu) and Genesis Tauraki (Arorangi), 9U Boys and 9U Girls champs Josef Urirau (Takitumu) and Jazeladi Andrew (Rutaki) and 10U Boys and 10U Girls winners Tinokoura Wong (Takitumu) and Joy Poila (Takitumu). TENNIS CI/ 23092717

Tennis Cook Islands (TCI) hosted its Term 3 ANZ-AOPP-JTI Mini Tennis Tournament for three of the primary schools on Rarotonga on Friday, September 15.

The participating schools were Apii Rutaki, Apii Arorangi and Apii Takitumu. The tournament featuring Under-8 Boys and Girls, 9U Boys and Girls and 10U Boys and Girls was held at the National Tennis Centre in Nikao.

Tennis Cook Islands said: “This was a great event and all our children that participated thoroughly enjoyed the day competing against the other schools. The Mini Tennis Tournament is to wrap up a six-week programme with each of these schools, teaching them skills to play tennis and have fun along the way.”

“TCI acknowledges our partners ANZ Bank, JTI (Junior Tennis Intiative-ITF), AOPP (Australian Open Pacific Pathway-Tennis Australia) that assist with funding and equipment for this programme that is delivered by our national coach Malcolm Kajer.

“We would also like to acknowledge our tournament sponsors, who provided amazing prizes for our children to enjoy for their efforts Prime Foods, Vodafone Cook Islands, Tower Insurance, ANZ Bank, Robert Heather and SCO Rarotonga.

“We thank all our volunteer umpires that assisted on the day, in order for games to run smoothly. Thank you to our parents, TCI Junior Development team, SCO Rarotonga and CISNOC for the support on the day.”


Placings U8 Boys U8 Girls: 1 Teata Rima (Takitumu) Genesis Tauraki (Arorangi), 2 Julius George (Rutaki) Eva Stetka (Takitumu), 3 Horace Simpson (Rutaki) Tephine Lockington (Arorangi), 4 William Boller (Rutaki) Kalola Ngatokorua (Rutaki); Placings 9U Boys 9U Girls: 1 Josef Urirau (Takitumu) Jazeladi Andrew (Rutaki), 2 Patoa Denny (Rutaki) Amarah Gribble (Takitumu), 3 Jordan Tauraki (Arorangi) Angelina Teio (Arorangi), 4 Tony Kimiora (Arorangi) Latisha Hosking (Rutaki); Placings 10U Boys 10U Girls: 1 Tinokoura Wong (Takitumu) Joy Poila (Takitumu), 2 Lucas Nooroa (Takitumu) Memory Aurupa (Arorangi), 3 Temanava Patai (Takitumu) Heimata Akaroa (Takitumu); 4 Joshua Turangaicola (Rutaki) Paula Pepe (Takitumu).