Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles defenders try to stop the Arorangi Bears from scoring on Saturday last week. 21021711
Cook Islands Rugby League has declared Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles the defending champions following some confusion over the title holder.
Last year’s competition was cancelled after a
couple of rounds due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Avatiu Eels were leading and Cook Islands
Rugby League awarded the 2020 championship to them.
But Charles Carlson, the president of Cook
Islands Rugby League Association, said they had to reconsider their decision
and declare last year’s competition “inconclusive”.
“The contentious issue for the Championship
2020 was tabled at the CIRL meeting on Monday represented by the CIRL
executives and Club representatives,” Carlson said.
“It was earlier decided that the Avatiu Eels
be awarded the Championship 2020 because they were leading the competition at
the time before it was cut short by Covid-19.
“Some clubs did argue the decision because the
championship was cut short and the finals has always been determined by a grand
final. After a brief discussion at the meeting it was unanimously agreed that
the National Competition 2020 be declared inconclusive.”
The Sea Eagles, who were the defending
champions in 2020, would remain as the defending champions for 2021, Carlson
“CIRL was caught off guard by the event hence
the hasty decision made without proper thought and consultation given before
decisions were made. This is an issue to be further discussed and the
executives expected to come up with guidelines in determining the outcomes of
Meanwhile Arorangi Bears made a strong start
to their 2021 Raro Cars Rugby League Competition campaign beating the Sea
Eagles 32-6 at Nukupure Park on Saturday.
In the reserves grade, the visitors thrashed
the Sea Eagles 50-4 while in the under-19 grade, the Bears overcame the host
Tupapa Panthers did not had to break any sweat
for the match points after Titikaveka Bulldogs failed to field a team. Panthers
received the match point.
In the other premier match played on Friday,
Avatiu Eels defeated Aitutaki Sharks 48-22 at The Swamp. Both teams were locked
at 14-all at the break.
The round two competition will kick off with
the Sea Eagles hosting the Sharks tomorrow followed by the Bears versus the
Panthers and Eels versus the Bulldogs clashes on Saturday.