Defending champions 007 after their 12-2 win over CISNOC on Wednesday at the National Stadium in Nikao. CITA/24020103
The Cook Islands Touch Association weekly mixed division competition got off to an exciting start on Wednesday at the National Stadium in Nikao.
This year’s competition boasts
two new teams, adding more energy to the mix.
Team JAWs led by veteran Billy “Bush”
Tuaivi and team CISNOC led by Keziah Lewis and Hugh Henry have increased the
number of competing teams to six.
First up was Outlaws taking on
The experience and flair
from Oscar Wichman, brothers Maiva and Toru Mateariki and Puna Hiro of Outlaws
was too strong for team KAPs led by Viiga Reupena and Vou Williams. Team KAPS
showing skills on the wing, was one of the standout players.
The second game of the day was
between Nukz Power and team JAWs.
Nukz Power led by Vernon Horn
and Tuffy Ngametua displayed some impressive tries from both men.
“Billy” Bush was able to set up two
tries for his team but it wasn’t enough as the JAWS went down 2-6 to Nukz
The last game of the day was
between defending champions 007 and newcomers CISNOC.
Led by father and son, Andy and
Adyn Kapi, 007 reminded the crowd why they are the champions after thrashing
Despite the odds, CISNOC did not
give up and was able to score a couple of tries and had a heap of fun.
The round one of the open men’s
and women’s competition was held on Monday.
There are four men’s and four
women’s teams competing.
The open grade will play three
round robin games, followed by playoffs with 1st vs. 4th and 2nd vs. 3rd. The
mixed grade will play two rounds before playoffs with the same format.
Cook Islands Touch president
Julienne (Julz) Westrupp said: “Week one of a 12 has been had and it sure looks
like both days will be exciting to watch.”
“Reminder, we are calling all
players 45 years and over to come down to the stadium on Mondays to play a
game at 6pm. This will be good for all those players wanting to play in this
year’s Cook Islands Games. Island leaders, please gather your 45s to come and
take advantage of this.”