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Young footballers’ final fight

After a weeklong tournament and questionable weather, the semi-final games in the Cook Islands Youth Football Festival came to an end yesterday.

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Cooks-NZ bubble exciting news for sports

The Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) are feeling a sense of relief, with a travel bubble with New Zealand just eight days away.

Taea hangs up her spikes

Today marks the end of an era for our top female Cook Islands sprinter, 25-year-old Patricia Taea who has confirmed her retirement from the sport.

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Sport for development celebrated

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace is an annual celebration around the world of the power of sport to drive social change, community development and to foster peace and understanding.

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CIFA set to host second youth festival

The second Kia Orana Youth Football Festival is due to commence on Saturday, April 20.

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CIFA appoints technical director

Cook Islands Football Association (CIFA) has appointed Kevin McGreskin as the new technical director.

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Sevens ready for HK show

The Cook Islands Sevens team had a scrimmaging session with Samoa on Tuesday ahead of the Hong Kong Sevens tournament that kicks off today.

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Oldies rugby set for May

Are you over 40-years old and want to do more than just talk about your “during my day” rugby stories? Then the Cook Islands Oldies Rugby Mini Festival gives you and your mates the opportunity to lace your boots up and have a run with plenty of fun thrown in.

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Sevens team arrives in Hong Kong

The Cook Islands Sevens team has arrived in Hong Kong and had their first run on Sunday (CI time).

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Sevens team arrives in Hong Kong

The Cook Islands Sevens team has arrived in Hong Kong and had their first run on Sunday (CI time).

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Mixed results recorded in weekly Touch comp

The Bluesky Mixed Touch Competition kicked off the afternoon of mixed touch with two top sides ICI Transformers versus KAPS battling to secure a competitive position on the points table last week.

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Sevens straight into training in Auckland

The Cook Islands Sevens side wasted no time after arriving in Auckland on Wednesday, getting into training before flying out to Hong Kong today. The national side was joined by the four overseas-based players as coach Vase Samania went through some drills to gel the players ahead of the three-day tournament which kicks off on April 5. Samania said getting the combination with the overseas players in such a short time would be a challenge. However he is optimistic of finding the right combination and building a strong bond between the players ahead of the tournament. “The campaign has been great so far. The aim now is to use the two days we have in Auckland to gel the players and work on our games before we leave for Hong Kong,” Samania said before departing Rarotonga on Wednesday. “We have some quality players in the side and hopefully we can get the combination right and iron out the weak links before our opening match.” Cook Islands is grouped with Chile, Germany and Uganda in Pool G. The team will be competing in the World Rugby Sevens Series Qualifier alongside 11 other nations. In the other qualifiers pools, host Hong Kong is the top seed leading Pool E which has Tonga, Zimbabwe and Philippines while Pool F comprise Ireland, Russia, Uruguay and Jamaica. The main draw (Pools A to D) will feature the teams that are part of the World Rugby Sevens Series. Samania earlier said he was wary of the teams in Cook Islands’ pool but hoped the side would put on a better performance than their last year’s outing at the tournament. He said the aim was to advance through to the quarter-finals and better their rankings. For that, the side will need to finish in the top two in the pool competition. Cook Islands Sevens – Stephen Willis (Captain), Robert Heather Jr (VC), Josua Koroitukana, Teina Savage, Vaehoolu “Leki” Leka, Matamanea Matapakia, Colati “Tua” Ravula, Tokerau Raru (Australia), Christian Vainerere (Australia), Walter Koteka (Australia), Owen Karati (New Zealand), Gene Te Amo (New Zealand); Non travelling squad members – James Kora, Tanire Mokoroa, Jason Potoru, Junior Napara, Stormmel Ruatoe. Management: Head Coach – Vase Samania, Manager – Ashleigh Willis and Physio Jana Whitta.

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Triathletes defy the heat

The 14th BSP Women’s Triathlon was held at the Tikioki Tri site last Saturday. Harriet Browning claimed the Cook Islands Triathlon Association event after completing the 400 metre swim, 16 kilometre cycle and 4km run course in a time of 55:08 minutes. She faced tough competition from Sherid Carter and Lucy McDonald, who finished second and third respectively.

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Quick Rip Sevens educators here

New Zealand-based Nathan Mauger and Anna Darling are in Rarotonga as part of the Pacific Sporting Partnership - Sports for Health Rugby programme on Rarotonga this week.

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Just Play to host first village festival

Takitumu School field is the place to be this afternoon for the first Just Play village festival of the year.

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Handballers win bronze

Handball Cook Islands is jubilant with the men’s team claiming the bronze medal defeating American Samoa at the 2019 Oceania Championships Handball Federation and Australian Beach Handball Championships in Glenelg Adelaide, South Australia, last week.

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Careers are fleeting for ABs wings

In shelf-life terms, All Blacks wings are pork sausages.

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Children gear up for first triathlon

The first-ever Paradise Supplies Kids Triathlon event will be held this weekend.

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Marsters' gamble pays for Maoris

When Esan Marsters left Auckland at the age of 17 with little more than a dream of starring in the NRL in hand, representing his Maori roots wasn't even possible.

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Titikaveka prepares to battle Nikao

The Titikaveka senior women’s team host Nikao Sokattak at the Teimurimotia Park today in what should be an exhilarating clash that promises drama and great football.

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CISNOC celebrating big Olympic Week

The Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) is celebrating Olympic Week, starting yesterday through to Saturday.

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Tributes flow for sporting icons

Tributes are flowing for well-known Cook Islander and sports supporter Massey Mateariki following his sudden death this week.

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