Aitutaki Sharks will comprise of members from their Sevens team. Vodafone/LAHEIVA Production/21010705
Veterans Teokotai “Billy Bush” Tuaivi and Bruce Goldsworthy are coming out of “retirement” to guide Aitutaki Sharks in the League Nines in Paradise tournament this weekend.
The Sharks will rely on the experience of the former Avatiu
Eels players in the two-day tournament starting today at 12 noon. The
tournament will be played at the National Stadium.
Team manager Vanic Teina said the inclusion of the two would
provide the much-needed depth in their team.
“They have stepped in to support us, their experience in the
game will be an asset for the team,” Teina said.
Seven players have travelled from Aitutaki for the
tournament, they have been joined by eight Rarotonga-based players.
“We have basically the same bunch of players from the Raro
Sevens competing again at the Nines this weekend,” Teina said.
“The boys from Aitutaki have been doing their own training
and yesterday (Wednesday) the full squad had their first training session
The Sharks who made their debut in the Nines competition
last year are hoping for a better finish in this year’s tournament.
But Teina said their focus was to enjoy the competition.
“We don’t have huge expectations. We are the underdogs and
while we would love to win this tournament, we are realistic about our
Apart from the Sharks, the men’s division will feature
Tupapa Panthers 1 and 2, defending champions Arorangi Bears, Titikaveka
Bulldogs, Ngatangiia Sea Eagles and Avatiu Nikao Eels.
Panthers coach Darren Piri explained the reason behind
fielding two teams: “We had a good turnout at the training so we decided to
field two teams so players get an opportunity to show their potential before we
select our team for the 13s season.”
“We will have a main team and Tupapa Panthers II will be a
Piri said they were not aware of what to expect in the
tournament “but like all other teams, we will be playing to win it.”
Today: 12.00pm M Avatiu Eels-Tupapa Panthers 2; 12.25pm M
Ngatangiia Sea Eagles-Titikaveka Bulldogs; 12.50pm M Arorangi Bears-Aitutaki
Sharks; 1.15pm W Rarotonga-Wale - Pa Enua; 1.40pm M Tupapa Panthers 1-Tupapa
Panthers 2; 2.05pm M Avatiu Eels-Aitutaki Sharks; 2.30pm M Ngatangiia Sea
Eagles-Arorangi Bears; 2.55pm W Arorangi Bears- Tupapa; 3.20pm M Tupapa
Panthers 1-Titikaveka Bulldogs; 3.45pm M Tupapa Panthers 2-Aitutaki Sharks;
4.10pm M Avatiu Eels-Ngatangiia Sea Eagles; 4.35pm W Rarotonga-Tupapa; 5.00pm M
Tupapa Panthers 1-Aitutaki Sharks; 5.25pm M Titikaveka Bulldogs-Arorangi Bears;
5.50pm M Tupapa Panthers 2-Ngatangia Sea Eagles; 6.15pm W Wale - Pa
Tomorrow – 10am M Tupapa Panthers 1-Arorangi Bears; 10.25am
M Aitutaki Sharks-Ngatangiia Sea Eagles; 10.50am M Titikaveka Bulldogs-Avatiu
Eels; 11.15am W Rarotonga-Arorangi Bears; 11.40am M Tupapa Panthers 1-Ngatangia
Sea Eagles; 12.05pm Arorangi Bears-Avatiu Eels; 12.30pm M Titikaveka
Bulldogs-Tupapa Panthers 2; 12.55pm W Tupapa-Wale - Pa Enua; 1.20pm M Tupapa
Panthers 1-Avatiu Eels; 1.45pm M Arorangi Bears-Tupapa Panthers 2; 2.10pm M
Aitutaki Sharks-Titikaveka Bulldogs; 2.35pm W Semi Finals; 3.00pm W Semi
Finals; 3.25pm M Semi Finals; 3.50pm M Semi Finals; 4.15pm W 3rd & 4th
Placing; 4.40pm Presentation Of Women's 3rd Trophy; 4.50pm M 3rd & 4th
Placing; 5.15pm Presentation Of Men's 3rd Trophy; 5.25pm W Finals; 5.50pm
Presentation; 6.00pm M Finals; 6.30pm Presentation.