Team ATT claimed the Vodafone Cook Islands men’s touch title, winning 5-4. RONNIE SI'ULEPA/21041901
The weekly Touch competition concluded with exciting finals last week at Nikao Field.
It was a perfect afternoon for the Vodafone Cook
Islands Open Touch finals starting with the third-place playoff followed by the
open women’s showdown between the unbeaten Nukz Power and FBI.
The Nukz Power women came out strong and scored the
first two touch downs before FBI managed to break the Nukz Power defence and
cross the line to get points on the board.
With Nukz Power in the lead 2 -1 FBI kept up and made
its breaks but were unlucky in converting those breaks into points.
Sticking to their game plan, Nukz Power held on to
their lead and ran out winners comfortably with six touch downs to FBI’s two.
Cook Islands Touch president Daphne Brown said: “It
was a perfect finish for Nukz Powers 2021 touch campaign. A well-deserved win
to a great side.”
The Vodafone men’s touch final was open for either GAT
or Team ATT to own.
GAT quickly got into the game and looked to be
dominating and holding a pretty good 3-1 lead. But a tenacious Team ATT fought
back and levelled the match 4-all.
The game automatically went into a drop off to
determine a winner. It was Team ATT that snatched the point with quick
hands to their winger who grounded the ball in a nick of time before the flying
GAT defence touch him. Team ATT claimed the Vodafone Cook Islands men’s touch title,
Brown said: “It has been an excellent touch season for
Nukz Power starting off with their under 16s winning the beach touch competition
at the Cook Islands Beach Games earlier this year followed by winning the 16s
and under touch season competition.”
“The mighty arrow also performed well in the open
competition winning the Vodafone women’s unbeaten and runner up for the
Vodafone Mixed Comp.”
Cook Islands Touch thanked Vodafone Cook Islands for its
support and prizes for the season competition as well as Te Aponga.
thank the referees for their hard work. We look forward to the Youth Games and our Te Maeva Nui one day tournament.”
– Most Improved Female Player – Tashi Kopu, Most Improved Male Player – John
Noovao, Most Valuable Female Player – Hemilda Apii Vavia, Most Valuable Male
Player – Johnis Atai