The Ronnies Boxing Day Touch Rugby Tourney set for Monday, December 26 already
looks exciting. It will be played at the Ngatangiia field in both competitive and social
competitive category consists of two pools (one with four and the other
with five teams). They will play a round robin format and then do a
crossover, with only the top two teams making it through to play offs where
losers are dropped from tourney.
the social category, four teams will also play a round robin format and then the
first place getter will play the fourth-placed team person, whilst second plays
third. Losers are dropped from the tourney, and winners will compete in
the competitive category, all teams look evenly matched in terms of experience,
young blood and skill/speed.
to look out for in this category include the likes of Puna Hiro and team
Outlaws, as well as Vou Williams and team Hangover. After the Cook Islands
Games, the mighty Nukz Power will be trying hard to make a mark on this Boxing
the social category, three overseas teams will hit it out with our only local
social team, Royales, led by the legendary Kevin Iro. This category looks
to be exciting too.
first game will kick off at 10am. All team leaders and referees are asked to be
at the field for a 9am technical meeting to go over rules for the day. Games
will be 12 minutes each way with a minute to spare for half time change over
and/or next teams to take the field for their games.
are allowed to register 16 players but only 14 can play per game. It will be a
full day of games as the last game will be at 3.55pm.
will be cash prizes for those teams that make the finals in
both categories, as well as top-up vouchers.
Islands Touch Association president, Julz Westrupp would like to thank their two
major sponsors, Bank of the Cook Islands and Vodafone.
would also like to thank Tukaka Ama for the venue and the service given
with the field.
would also like to thank her executive team for all the hard work done this
year. They are Daphne Hosking Brown, Rima Browne and Tiana Joryna Pokura.
very small team but strong in terms of getting things done,” says Westrupp. “To
those that volunteered their time during the year, thank you very much.”
year has been a successful one for touch rugby and Cook Islands Touch
Association looks forward to 2023 – especially with the Pacific Games being
played in November 2023.