Pukapuka's Ruta Bogitini competes in darts event. 22100315
Ten island teams are represented in the Cook Islands Games Darts competition - Emo'anga Mõmore 'Iti which started on Monday at the Tupapa Maraerenga Centre.
The first day of the darts competition had been
“terrific”, said President of the Cook Islands Darts Federation,
Draws of the games have been rolling nicely with some
games finishing early due to the calibre of the players who have improved so
much since the first Games, said Anguna.
Games were finishing an hour earlier than expected
which is why there had been a lull in between scheduled games so people took
the opportunity to put in practice games.
“It has been absolutely awesome,” she said, all the islands
have registered in the men and ladies open teams, but there are five islands
who don’t have Masters teams since there are so many sports codes.
“Prior to the event, we had five workshops and
technical meetings attended by delegates from each island to ensure that things
“The whole purpose of conducting these was to have this
competition run really well.”
During competition no drinks or food are allowed inside
the centre (you can eat and drink outside) and there is no music.
“It’s about the game, focusing on the game and
concentrating on throwing the darts.”
Darts will be played every day until this coming
Saturday when the finals will be on - the first three days are for the
preliminary rounds, then the knockouts, semis and the finals.
Highlights from yesterday have been the “fantastic
darts that have been thrown,” said Anguna.
“I’m really impressed with the Pukapuka team because
they are young and nearly took Mitiaro out.”
Mitiaro being one of the top teams on Rarotonga -
their games came down to the wire seven all, then Mitiaro won - “so we are really proud of teams like that (Pukapuka).”
Pukapuka has a good team manager who has been keeping
an eye on their players during the local competitions which shows the results
and the improvement in their games, she said.
Anguna would like to thank Pastor Ngarima George who
conducted the opening ceremony yesterday morning and the executive committee
who has worked really hard.
Rotating the officials means now they have people
working and some having a rest and vice versa.
She also commended the island teams who have been “really
good” sending their queries through which were answered sand made clear to avoid
On behalf of the Darts Federation, Anguna would like
to acknowledge the late Arere Tara who sadly passed away last week.
“He is one of the Presidents of the Aito club, and he
is well revered amongst the darts players,” she said.