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Football champs start today

Monday 16 April 2018 | Published in Soccer


The 2018 National Football Championship schedule is set to kick off today with games at the CIFA Complex and Takitumu School.

Games start at noon in the women’s division, with the last match of the day at 4.30pm.

The week-long football competition will no doubt provide quality football for those who will be cheering from the sidelines.

Both the men and women are drawn into two groups. The teams in Group A are Aitutaki, Avarua, Puaikura and Atiu, while Group B is comprised of Takitumu, Mitiaro, Mangaia and Mauke.

The first match at the CIFA Complex will feature the Avarua women’s team battling it out with Aitutaki at noon.

The host team at Takitumu School will also begin their campaign at noon, playing against the visiting women’s team from Mitiaro.

Both women’s matches will be followed at each location by their respective men’s games at 1.30pm.

The second match-up for the day at the CIFA Complex will be between Puaikura and Atiu, starting with the women at 3pm and the men at 4.30pm.

Over at Takitumu School, Mangaia will take on Mauke, with the women’s match also kicking off at 3pm and men at 4.30pm.

Teams competing in the championship include the three districts from Rarotonga – Avarua, Puaikura and Takitumu – together with five of the outer islands – Aitutaki, Atiu, Mangaia, Mauke and Mitiaro.

The National Football Championship will conclude with the finals to be played on Saturday next week. - CIFA Media

Today’s fixtures

CIFA Complex: 12pm Senior Women, Avarua v Aitutaki (Ref: Robert Savage, Assist: Edmund Tupuna, Emilie Pierce); 1.30pm Senior Men, Avarua v Aitutaki (Ref: Maara Kaukura, Assist: Noel Mani, Edmund Tupuna); 3pm Senior Women, Puaikura v Atiu (Ref: Terry Piri, Assist: Kura Smith, Emilie Pierce); 4.30pm Senior Men, Puaikura v Atiu (Ref: Maara Kaukura, Assist: Noel Mani, Moeroa Harmon).

Takitumu School: 12pm Senior Women, Mitiaro v Takitumu (Ref: Lai Gukisuva, Assist: Toru Ori, Angelina Mitchell); 1.30pm Senior Men, Mitiaro v Takitumu (Ref: John Pareanga, Assist: Amnish Prasad, Toru Ori); 3pm Senior Women, Mangaia v Mauke (Ref: Lai Gukisuva, Assist: Dora Iripa, Pierce Iripa); 4.30pm Senior Men, Mangaia v Mauke (Ref: Tupou Patia, Assist: Amnish Prasad, John Pareanga).