Oldies rugby festival ends on a high

Thursday May 09, 2019 Written by Published in Rugby Union
William “Smiley” Heather makes a break for the Golden Stiff s team from Arorangi in the 2019 Cook Islands Oldies Mini Rugby Festival held at Raemaru Park on Saturday.Picture: Destination Management Cook Islands. 19050844 William “Smiley” Heather makes a break for the Golden Stiff s team from Arorangi in the 2019 Cook Islands Oldies Mini Rugby Festival held at Raemaru Park on Saturday.Picture: Destination Management Cook Islands. 19050844

Yesteryear’s rugby prowess was on full display at the Arorangi sports field on Saturday for the opening day of the 2019 Cook Islands Oldies Mini Rugby Festival hosted by the Turama Pacific Travel Group.

 

To warm up for the first round of game – the 260-plus international and local oldies players and supporters gathered in Avarua earlier on the day for the opening ceremony at the Punanga Nui Markets before the parade through down-town Avarua to Trader Jacks for the first hydration stop of the day!

Day one of games certainly provided top entertainment with some great skills and camaraderie displayed on and off the field.

Day two on Monday brought more excitement and fun.

All oldies players and supporters let their hair down on Tuesday evening for the wrap up event of this year’s festival.

The event was hailed a major success and the teams have indicated their interest to return next year.

In total, 13 teams took part in the fun festival including seven teams from overseas, namely New Zealand and Australia plus the Creaky Ol Convicts from Norfolk Island.

The local contingents of “back in my day” players featured the stalwarts of oldies rugby in the Avatiu-Nikao Mongoose, Papa Panthers, Cook Islands Diplomats and the Golden Stiffs from Arorangi.

Happy Feet team from Aitutaki and from the south, the Mangaia Wild Boars brought the Pa Enua flavour to the festival.

- DMCK News

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