Titikaveka Bulldogs played at the Nines tournament last month but they don’t have enough players to compete in the weekly 13s competition. 21010819
Cook Islands Rugby League’s premier grade competition has been reduced to five teams after Titikaveka Bulldogs fail to show up again.
Titikaveka Bulldogs premier side have been
removed from the Raro Cars Cook Islands Rugby League Competition.
This was after the Bulldogs confirmed that
they will not be able to field a team in tomorrow’s premier clash against Aitutaki
The side failed to field teams against Tupapa
Panthers and Avatiu Eels in the opening two rounds.
Francis Toa, the secretary of Cook Islands
Rugby League Association, said according to the competition rules “Clubs
defaulting games shall be fined a
minimum of $200 for each default and persistent defaults may result in
the suspension of the team from the competition who fails to field a team for
three games during the whole season”.
“Bulldogs representative confirmed at CIRLA
Club meeting on Monday, February 22, that they were not able to field a team
this coming Friday against the Sharks. Therefore, as this is their last chance
to front a team, they have been removed from the competition.”
The Bulldogs yesterday declined to comment,
referring all enquiries to Cook Islands Rugby League Association.
However, the club will still field their
reserves and women’s teams in the weekly competition. Their status in the
competition will be discussed at next week’s meeting.
Titikaveka Bulldogs will take on Arorangi
Bears in the opening women’s match of the 2021 season at Raemaru Park tomorrow,
starting at 5pm.
With the Bulldogs out, the premier competition
is down to five teams.
Last year Takuvaine Warriors pulled out of the
competition due to lack of players.
Vasie Ngatoko-Poila, the president of
Takuvaine-Tutakimoa Sports and Cultural Association, then said a number of
factors led to their decision to withdraw the team.
The club did not return this year.
Yesterday Ngatoko-Poila told Cook Islands News
the situation remained unchanged, “there is still not enough players”.
Last year she said: “There are a number of
compounding reasons and lack of players is one of them. The plan is to take a
break and revive the sport, not only league but other sporting code in the
“There is still much interest in our community
in any sports code, be it soccer, netball, rugby league or union but at this
point in time, we would like to get together to strategise the progress and
development of sports in our community.”
The Warriors were demoted to the reserve grade
in 2019 after a poor start to the competition that season where they lost all
their opening round matches by big margins.
Cook Islands Rugby League then said the
decision to demote the team was based on the concerns raised on the safety of
their young players. Takuvaine fielded junior grade players to make up the
numbers on game day.
The 2021 competition heads into round three
this weekend with Tupapa Panthers taking on defending champions Ngatangiia
Matavera Sea Eagles and Bears battling the Eels on Saturday.
“Sea Eagles have agreed for a host swap with
Panthers and Sea Eagles will host this weekend’s games at Nukupure Park,
Ngatangiia. Bears will host the Eels at Raemaru Park in Arorangi,” Toa said.