Cook Islands Touch began its Vodafone Cook Islands men’s and women’s touch competition on Monday.
Despite the rain the opening round of touch games ran well and the rain was well received by the touch fans who otherwise would have been playing in hot conditions at the Nikao field.
still moving the ball at speed and putting on the fancy footwork.
The first men's
game saw newcomers
Nukz Power men’s take on the now seasoned Team ATT men’s.
were evenly matched with experience and young
Nukz Power got itself into a strong
position early in the game and scored to put their team ahead but Team ATT found their rhythm and dotted down soon after to
get on the score board and even the points.
worked hard on attack and defence and at times frustration crept into their
game but the whistle blowers kept the hot heads in check.
The seven metre
rule proving quite tricky for Nukz
Power on defence
from time to time. No doubt after a few games under their belts all teams will
get the hang of it. The game finished with a three all draw.
The next men’s
game was between regulars Germinators and newcomers Patriots.
These two men’s
teams threw everything at each other in an entertaining horse trading game of
tit for tat touchdown.
It was also a
test game of the new rules getting used to some of the referee calls. The
game ended in a five all draw.
The last game
of the night was between Touchya and GAT. Touchya proving too strong for
competition is promising some close games.
The teams are
strong and evenly matched with perhaps experience being the deciding
Palmie Girls is a young, exciting and speedy team and under the guidance of
former national rep Spoon Marsters this is the team to watch out for.
women’s match was between two touch regulars Bounty Hunters and FBI.
have had an overhaul bringing on board more youth and new players into their
teams with a couple of experienced players. Both teams played with flair
proving the confidence gained by the youth players to lead the set team plays
from their Cook Islands Games experience.
teams will need to work on finishing their plays to get points on the
board. Both teams were solid on defence but it was FBI that finally broke
through the Bounty Hunters’ line to score the only touchdown of the match.
game of the night was between a new look, not just in uniform but also young
players, Nukz Power and newcomers Palmie Girls.
teams showed they are looking forward to developing their
players for the 2022 Cook Islands Games to do their respective
teams nutted out the 30-minute
game but Nukz Power had the experience of family duo niece Rima Browne and Aunty Julz Westrupp, who guided the Nukz girls around the field with their
structured game plan.
Some great plays were seen with a
couple of diving tries by young Alma and excellent exits from from Nukz Power to
gain rest and recovery time.
The Palmie Girls
impressed with their speed and skillful passing and will certainly improve as
they get better understanding of the touch game.
won seven touchdowns to Palmie Girls’ one.
Cook Islands Mixed and Under 16s competition gets underway today.
Today: 5pm – Field 1 Nuks v Mangaia Tiromi (16 & Under). Field 2 NES vs Duecez (mx); 5.30pm – Field 1 007 vs Nuks Power (mx). Field 2 NO NO vs Palmerston (16 & Under); 6pm – Field 1 Nuks vs Lil Rascal (16 & Under). Field 2 Team ATT vs ICI (mx); 6.30pm – Field 1 KAPS vs Mangaia Mamio (mx).