Outlaws beat Notchya to win Beach Touch gold on Wednesday. Beach volleyball will be held today. CISNOC/23011270
Cook Islands Touch Association is excited about the 2023 season following the successful Beach Touch competition this week.
held up for beach touch at the 2023 Cook Islands Beach Games after some horrid
rain on Tuesday and Wednesday.
teams registered for the two-day competition held at the National Beach Courts
in Nikao – all consisting of experienced fast men and women.
pools were created where a round robin was held taking top two teams from each
pool to battle it out for playoffs.
A consisted of Nukz Power, North Harbour and Outlaws and Pool B consisted of
team IDK, Mighty Arrows, Notchya and Give us a Bark.
Islands Touch president Julieanne (Julz) Westrupp said: “Some fun games were
had with brilliant tries and amazing defense to stop some tries from being
standout team would be North Harbour consisting of young Maeva Robati leading
with patience, wit and good passing skills.”
dominated their pool winning both games to take first placing. This team was
led by experienced Puna Hiro and Mr TMS (Maiti Samson) and then there was young
Maka Puaka and Oscar Wichman to add more strength to the team.
out Pool B was team Notchya, another experienced and talented team consisting
of Genesis Piri and John Noovao.
two teams actually ended up playing each other in the finals which came down to
Outlaws scraping it through with the win.”
The side defeated Notchya 10-7
in the final to win gold medal. North Harbour managed bronze medal after
overcoming Team IDK 8-7 in a close tussle.
In the semi-finals, Notchya
defeated North Harbour 9-6 while Outlaws overcame Team IDK 13-8.
would like to thank all those teams that registered and played as well as
CISNOC for organising and planning the event.
would also like to thank the referees (Sun, Koa and Papa Moa) for taking the
whistle and controlling the games that were played.
shout out to our CISNOC CEO, Owen Lewis for leading by example and getting on
the sand to have a run with your staff. Nothing like walking the talk. Next year’s Beach Games looks to be better. But
for now, the first touch event is done for 2023. Next up, our touch season.”
touch season will kick off in early February and the categories this year will
be, in the open division, men and women and then in the mixed division, opens,
18s and masters.
said: “This year we are asking 18s players to play in your age group and not in
the open so we are able to identify talent in this age group as we have the
Pacific Youth Cup tournament happening in May of this year.”
you be interested in playing in this tournament, we encourage you to find an U18s
team to have that opportunity in being selected to trial. Please register your
team/s with Julz on mobile 55055 or Daph on mobile 54171.”
said they will also use the season to identify possible trialists to play at
the upcoming Pacific Games to be held in November in the Solomon Islands.
Islands Touch Association has advertised for “managers” (men and women) so if
you are interested send your CV to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
us a call if you require further details or would like to register a team to
play in this year’s touch season. More details to follow.”