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Future Touch stars shine

Thursday 13 June 2024 | Written by Solomone Taukei | Published in Sports, Touch Rugby

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Future Touch stars shine
Young Tahitoa Webb from Team CSB in action in the Cook Islands Touch Business House Round Robin Competition. Photo: CB Officials/24061210

Teams demonstrated remarkable commitment and skill during final game of the Cook Islands Touch Business House Round Robin Competition on Monday at the National Stadium in Nikao.

Despite the chilly weather, players showcased impressive talents and engaged in spirited, yet friendly competition.

Cook Islands Touch president Vou Williams expressed admiration for the skill level of certain players, particularly newcomers to the touch field. He was pleased to see youth participation in every team and is hopeful that their interest in touch will continue, recognising their potential.

On Field 1, the opening match of the day featured an exciting clash between Poos & Wees and BCI. BCI secured a narrow 1-point victory just before the full-time hooter. In another thrilling match on the same field, Rock College achieved a tight 1-point win over Soul Time. Meanwhile, on Field 2, KAPS and Fiber Optics played to a hard-fought 5-all draw, with both teams refusing to concede defeat.

A couple of standout players this week included young Tahitoa Webb from Team CSB, fondly known as the numero “Tahi Stepper” by spectators. Tahitoa impressed with his calm performance, playing alongside his younger brother Kima Webb and father Daniel Webb – a remarkable trio contributing to CSB’s impressive victory.

Another young talent, Aiganalua Samania from Team Poos & Wees, made a significant impact in the mid-field, guided by his father Ailaoa Samania and Uncle Andy Kapi, both esteemed former Cook Islands representatives – a demonstration to their legacy.

Additionally, Kimberly Uini from Rock College demonstrated her prowess as “Queen of the Wing”, skilfully receiving long passes from her teammates and guarding her line.

This round also marked the final rounds of games before knockouts. Pool A of the Business House Round Robin Competition, AIRNZ emerged as the top team, securing first place with consistent and strong performances. BCI followed closely in second place, demonstrating their competitive edge. Poos & Wees claimed third position, showing great skill and determination. Rock College placed fourth, while CSB and Soul Time rounded out the pool in fifth and sixth places, respectively.

Pool B saw Air Raro taking the top spot with impressive displays throughout the competition, finishing in first place. KAPS secured second place, showcasing their talent and teamwork. Fiber Optics came in third, maintaining a strong presence on the field. ICI Crew placed fourth, followed by Te Mavericks Ora in fifth. Brew Crew finished in sixth position. The standings in Pool B reflect a highly competitive group of teams, all gearing up for the excitement of the pool crossover playoffs next Monday.

 Results

Field 1: Poos & Wees 6 vs BCI 7, AIRNZ 4 vs CSB 7, Rock College 4 vs Soul Time 3; Field 2: KAPS 5 vs Fiber Optics 5, Brew Crew 3 vs ICI Crew 7, KAPS 4 vs Te Mavericks Ora 1.