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Wednesday 29 April 2009 | Published in Regional


Friday 24: The Aitutaki Sharks have won their second match by default this season after the Titikaveka Bulldogs failed to show up for their scheduled rugby league game on the island on Wednesday.

Cook Islands Rugby League Association president Charles Carlson says it’s disappointing that the Bulldogs management have let their players down.

Carlson claims that Titikaveka club president Anthony Brown cancelled their scheduled game against the Sharks earlier in the week. But Carlson believed that the club had enough money to send their team over.

Carlson says he spoke with Aitutaki Sharks president John Winchester yesterday morning who told him that they could not reschedule the game for Thursday as players were preparing for the ANZAC Day oe vaka competition.

Carlson says that this is a case of miscommunication within the club between its president, management team and players.

Carlson says the failure of the Bulldogs to get to Aitutaki is not good for the game, players and supporters of rugby league.

Cook Islands News attempted to contact Brown on his mobile yesterday but he did not answer. his phone.

Last month, the Tupapa Panthers forfeited their game against the Sharks after the two clubs couldn’t come to an agreement on a day to play other than the scheduled day of Wednesday.

But it isn’t all doom and gloom for the Titikaveka club. This afternoon the under 15 and under 18 teams play their Warrior opponents at Takuvaine.

Matariki Wilson