The Darts Cook Islands is hosting New Zealand Niue 40 plus strong team with competitions held last week Saturday and on Wednesday this week.
The national women’s team won both their games however
the Cook Islands men’s side is yet to secure a win.
In the open women’s competition on Wednesday, Cook
Islands defeated NZ Niue 13-8 while in the open men’s the visitors won 14-7.
The Cook Islands women’s team consisted of three youth
development players – Marlee Aurupa, Nanny Aurupa (Mighty Arrow Darts Club) and
Tangi Tangapiri (Mai’i Darts Club).
Niue men’s team brought over their “rocket” Cody
Harris, a former Aotearoa New Zealand darts champion and representative in the
World Darts Championships opens and masters categories. Harris has won national
tournaments in New Zealand in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The national team features Rarotonga’s top 13 players who
were selected based on statistics collected this year.
Last Saturday, the Cook Islands Youth development
squad debuted against the Niue team. The
presence of Harris boosted the morale of the youth development squad.
Darts Cook Islands president Kopurei Anguna reiterated
the importance of giving exposure to young players in preparation for future
The final game of the series will be played tonight at
the Cook Islands Game Fishing Club in Tupapa, starting at 6pm.