Friday 24 February 2012 | Published in Regional
Tonight will see the grand finals of the Turtles Domestic League III cricket competition – a match tipped to be of epic proportions as Puaikura-Titikaveka defend their title again Te-Au-O-Tonga at the BCI Stadium.
In its third year the competition has proved to be an exceptional way of enhancing the abilities and development of top level Rarotonga cricketers.
Tonight will showcase 24 of the island’s best as Puaikura-Titikaveka take on Te-Au-O-Tonga in the grand final.
Puaikura Titikaveka remain unbeaten this tournament and have had the wood over Te-Au-O-Tonga in their past two matches.
But as Te-Au-O-Tonga manager Hamish Weir explains, it counts for nothing heading into a final match.
“It’s game time tonight, forget everything that has happened up to now, it’s one game, man on man, to decide the Turtles D-League III champions. Our boys have been preparing hard and will leave it all out on the field tonight.”
Puaikura-Titikaveka has a well rounded team with plenty of depth and if their showing from their past three matches is anything to go by, they will be hard to beat tonight.
Despite some injuries to key players Puikura-Titikaveka manager Sabine Janneck reckons they have the depth and commitment to continue their winning form.
“The team plays well together and want to win for each other and their villages, the boys have been training intensely, are dedicated and pushing through injury. We always have a strong turnout of supporters and those factors combined provide great motivation for our players to perform.”
In all of the Turtle D-League competitions, Turtles III seems to be the hardest to pick a winner with public opinion split 50/50 between the two teams.
The first ball is due to be bowled at 6.30pm and with plenty of Turtles, Vaima and Bond Store giveaways for supporters it’s sure to be a big night.
It’s free so bring the family down and catch some big hits, spectacular diving catches and flying wickets as the boys get fired up for finals night.