Cook Islands U19 player Tearoa Rouru with the Player of the Match award after the match against Tahiti at the OFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2023 in Suva, Fiji. (Photo Credit: OFC Media via Phototek)/23062515
Cook Islands footballer Tearoa Rouru received “an unexpected surprised” when she was awarded the Player of the Match award against Tahiti at the OFC U-19 Women’s Championship 2023 in Suva, Fiji.
match played on Saturday ended in a nil-all draw.
national defender, who has been playing football for 10 years, made her
international debut against Tahiti.
proud and excited to be here to represent my family and country,” Rouru told
Cook Islands News.
was a tough game because Tahiti wasn’t an easy team to compete against and they
had the passion to take out a win against us which made me play my hardest.”
said that the award was an unexpected surprise and “when I was receiving the
player of the match award it felt so overwhelming and proud of myself”.
Islands will play Solomon Islands in their final group match on Tuesday (Cook
far the preparation for the next match is going fine as my teammates and I are
recovering and resting and continuing our training to prepare ourselves for the