The Vodafone Cook Islands Mixed Touch competition kicked off its regular season games last week.
The new 16s and under mixed competition is creating a lot of excitement with the young players along with their managers and supporters.
They now have a chance to play in a competition against
their own peers rather than in the open competition.
It is improving their skills, understanding and confidence
in playing the game of touch.
This introduction will make them better players as they move
up to senior level.
Results from the 16
and Under Competition:
Nukz Power 4 vs Mangaia Tiromi 0
Mana Kuki 2 vs Lil Rascals 8
Young Patriots 2 vs No No 2
Results from the Open
Kaps 1 vs Mangaia Mamio 2
Team ATT 4 vs ICI 6
Nessgo 10 vs Deucez 5
007 8 vs Nukz Power 3
The Vodafone open mixed competition kicked off with newcomers Deucez taking on NESSGO in an exciting game with both teams having fun.
This game was won by NESSGO with 10 touchdowns to Deucez
Next up was Nukz
Power taking on the experienced 007 in a fast game.
Under the calm guidance of national coach Johnis Atai, 007
stuck to its structured game plan and were able to take control of the game
play and lead on the scoreboard.
Not giving up, Nukz Power put up a fight and was able to
break the 007 defence to put points on the board scoring three tries.
Despite the loss, the Nukz Power youngsters will have learnt
from playing an experienced side will improve and be stronger - 007 eight touch
downs and Nukz Power three touch downs.
Mamio Mangaia played
an exceptional game against the seasoned KAPS to win by two touch downs.
This win should be a confidence boaster for the young
It would seem that KAPS is still coming to grips with the
new rules. No doubt in the next few weeks they will find their form.
The game of the night
was a close one between two seasoned touch teams Team ATT and ICI.
The two teams battled it out in a tit for tat fashion until
their speedsters were able to get around the defence and score.
It was fantastic to see the hard work done by the mids,
finished off by the wingers from both teams.
Working well for ICI in the middle on the seven metre line
was the combination of Rima Moekaa and veteran Spoon Marsters with his wicked
step to beat the defence and score.
Impressive from Team ATT was Alma with low dives at the feet
of the defence on the try line to get points on the board for Team ATT.
The game was locked on equal points in the second half.
However, ICI managed to score from an ATT turnover to break
Minutes before the full time hooter saw quick thinking from
twins Rima and Kura Moekaa set up for a quick try in the corner from one of
them in the to finish off the game for ICI to win by six touch downs to Team
ATT four touchdowns.
The open men’s and
women’s competition continues today (Monday February 8) with more round games.
The draw for today’s
Vodafone Cook Islands open men’s and women’s competition is as follows:
Today: 5pm – Field 1 FBI vs NIKS (w). Field 2 Nukz Power vs
Duecez (m); 5.30pm – Field 1 Team ATT vs Patriots (m). Field 2 Palmie Girls vs
Bounty Hunters (w); 6pm – Field 1 Touchya vs GAT (m). Field 2 Nukz Power vs FBI
(second game) (w); 6.30pm – Field 1 Germinators vs Nukz Power (second game)