Saturday 16 July 2011 | Published in Regional
The Cook Islands national womens soccer squad has been selected to take part in the Pacific Games in New Caledonia from August 27 to September 10.
Around 19 players have been given the opportunity to prove their significance to represent their country at the games.
Twelve of the players are based here in Rarotonga, while 2 players are based in Aitutaki and 5 players are based in New Zealand. Most of the players have already represented the Cook Islands at the OFC Nations cup held in New Zealand last year.
Head coach, Jimmy Katoa, who is assisted by Michelle Paiti, has been given the task of preparing the team with intense training and fitness programmes before heading off to New Caledonia.
Assistant coach Michelle Paiti said, although we are ranked 5th in the region behind Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Fiji and Tahiti our aim is to win a medal.
The training squad commenced their training in late April early May where the players were put through technical and endurance training. Up-and-coming talent Linade Unuka from the Arorangi football club is only 15 years old and is delighted that she has been selected again to represent the Cook Islands. The youngster says she is keen to impress the coaching staff during the tournament. I am honoured to be selected again in the national team. It is a very proud moment for me and I want to do my country proud, Unuka said.
The national Cook Islands womens squad list are as follows: Marjorie Toru (Avatiu), Jennifer Akavi (Nikao), Linade Unuka (Arorangi), Marissa Iroa (Tupapa), Elizabeth Harmon (Tupapa), Leiana Temata (Titikaveka), Louisa Manico (Avatiu), Poko Manuela (Nikao), Salamata Takai (Titikaveka), Mii Piri (Tupapa), Josephine Turepu (Tupapa), Tasha Dean (Arorangi) , Tekura Kaukura (Aitutaki), Tepaeru Toka (Aitutaki), Mama Henry (NZ), Dayna Napa (NZ), Courtney Napa (NZ) and Tekura Tutai (NZ).
Team management is head coach, Jimmy Katoa, assisted by Michelle Paiti and Angela Wallbank and team manager John Taripo.