Patricia Taea (with the ball) has been elected the development coordinator for women’s league in the Cook Islands. 21010825
The 2021 Cook Islands domestic rugby league season will start on Friday next week.
Charles Carlson remains the president of Cook Islands Rugby
At the association’s annual general meeting last week, Robert
Graham was elected the vice president, Francis Toa as the new secretary and Rae
Tupa in the finance role.
Former national sprinter Patricia Taea was elected as the
development coordinator (new role) for women’s league in the Cook Islands.
Carlson said they have also created other new executive
roles in the organisation to help in growing the game.
The roles include events coordinator, marketing and
sponsorship, media and public relations and policy and procedures (legal).
“The organisation have grown to a stage where we need help
to manage the organisation and its event as we are all volunteers in this
role,” said Carlson.
“We have created these roles to assist us and hopefully some
people out there with the right skills and passionate about the game can be
part of our team.”
Carlson acknowledged outgoing vice president Geoff Tama for
his support to the organisation at the AGM.
He also thanked Cook Islands Rugby League patron and former
Prime Minister Henry Puna as well as new PM Mark Brown for their support
“especially during those critical times of trying to qualify for the World Cup
“I am very pleased to say that we have produced the results
to qualify both our men and women to the Rugby League World Cup 2021 in England,”
“The goal now is to prepare well and rock the world of rugby
Cook Islands Rugby League’s domestic season kicks off on
Friday next week between the Aitutaki Sharks and the Avatiu Eels.
“This is set to be a good opening battle between these two
teams. Very pleased to see the Sharks in competition and after a top
performance at the Raro Cars League Nines in Paradise last month, we are
expecting great things from them this season,” Carlson said.
Cook Islands Rugby League is also please to include women
into the competition and aiming to launch four teams into the national
“Several clubs are doing their final mustering (today) from
juniors to the premier grades including the women. CIRL would like to encourage
all the villages to get out there and support your club. Play League or What.”