Gold for the Darts Cook Islands men’s team after their win against hosts Tonga. MARIA TUORO/23012055
Darts Cook Islands have made a golden history, winning gold medals in the men’s and women’s competition, at the third South Pacific Darts Championships held in Tonga this week.
The men’s team smashed their way to gold against Tonga
finishing 6-2. The national team plowed through the round robin games and into
the finals, undefeated.
In the women’s division, the Cook Islands got through
to the finals to grab the gold winning against Niue 6-5.
“The experience shown by all players in this
tournament has been amazing, and we are all extremely proud of our players,” said
Marsh Tamatea, the skipper of the men’s team.
“I’m just proud of everyone and appreciative to our
sponsors for their support, thank you,” he added.
Team skipper for the ladies, Mattagurl Tuao said: “We
played for everybody, and I am thankful that everyone listened and played as a
team and now we have the gold.”
The national team members are appreciative of the
messages from home and the darts family who watched the finals at the Edgewater
The women’s team also won the gold medal. SUPPLIED 23012056
Tour manager, Maria Tuoro said: “We leave our mark at
this level of competition and look forward to more opportunities. Thank you
Tonga and Niue for the great games and sportsmanship.”
Darts Cook Islands would like to acknowledge their
families and friends and each person for their supported and a big meitaki
ma’ata to their sponsors, the Bank of the Cook Islands, Charlie’s, Highland
Paradise and all the dart clubs in the Cook Islands.
The 31 strong troop of players and supporters who
rallied behind their team in Tonga will bring the gold medals home to the Cook
Islands this coming week.