Cook Islands development team, from left, Maka Maui, Luke Pierre, Raetea Rongo and Katee Timeri Wearing. SUPPLIED/22091512
The Cook Islands development team recorded excellent results at the Pacific Oceania Junior Tennis Championships being held in Lautoka, Fiji.
Maui has made the 16 and under Boys Singles final and Raetea Rongo is through to
14U Girls Singles final after four rounds of competition. Both finals will be
played this morning (Cook Islands time).
head coach Malcolm Kajer is guiding a team of four young development players –
Maka Maui and Luke Pierre competing in 16U Boys, Katee Timeri Wearing (16U
Girls) and Raetea Rongo (14U Girls).
Islands played some tough matches in the preliminary rounds this week and
managed to book two final spots.
said: “There are a whole lot of excellent players in all age groups from the
various nations in the East, North and West Pacific. To my surprise, it has not
been all smooth going for Maka as he did encounter some tough opposition from
the PNG and Northern Mariana Islands players.”
Rongo also had been pushed on various occasions, but mentally stayed strong to
overcome these challenges. Both Raetea and Maka will be playing our close
neighbours from Tahiti in the finals.”
players have teamed up with their opponents in the final, Noah Ah Kim and Mia
Chang of Tahiti, to try and win the doubles in their respective age groups.
Wearing had it hard in the early rounds as she had top players in her pool from
Tahiti and Guam who had participated in the Pacific Mini Games in Saipan
earlier this year, Kajer said.
she performed extremely well in the consolation rounds, and should progress to
achieve a positive ranking.
Pierre has had it a bit tough as this is his first year in this event, but with
hard work he should be a good contender next year as he will have another year
in the boys 16U division,” Kajer said.
has been excellent for Raetea to make the finals despite being a 13-year-old.
The whole team has performed well and as coach, I am so proud of my little team
here. All the best to them for the rest of the tournament.”
Maui: Maka Maui vs Jonathon Jackson – Maka won 6-3 6-0, Maka Maui vs
Christopher Kaiulo – Maka won 7-5 6-0, Maka Maui vs Min Soo Kwon –Maka won 6-4
6-2, Noah Ah Kim Win Chin and Maka Maui vs Roman Awano and Siale Draunidalo – Maka
and Noah won 6-0 6-0, Maka Maui vs Fintan Molbaleh – Maka won 6-0 6-0, Maka
Maui vs Sugar-Ray Hakena – Maka won 6-3 6-2; Luke Pierre: Luke Pierre vs
Sugar-Ray Hakena – Sugar-Ray won 6-0 6-0, Luke Pierre vs Andy Cajigan – Andy
won 6-1 6-0, Titus Paul and Luke Pierre vs Andy Cajigan and Min Soo Kwon – Andy
and Min Soo won 6-0 6-0, Luke Pierre vs
Rowan Awano – Luke won 6-0 6-0, Luke Pierre vs Christopher Kaiulo – Christopher
won 6-1 6-2; Katee Wearing: Katee
Wearing vs Freemont Gibson – Freemont won 6-0 6-0, Katee Wearing vs Rhiana
Hafees – Katee won 6-0 6-0, Katee Wearing vs Meehetia Boosie – Meehetia won 6-3
6-1, Rhiana Hafees and Katee Wearing vs Meehetia Boosie and Tavero Chung – Meehetia
and Tavero won 6-0 6-1, Katee Wearing vs Galyah Mikel – Katee won 6-1 6-2, Katee Wearing vs Abigail Coeullet – Katee won
6-0 6-0, Katee Wearing vs Savita Sikkel – Katee won 6-0 6-0; Raetea Rongo: Raetea
Rongo vs Anna Kwon – Raetea won 6-3 6-3, Raetea Rongo vs Pauline Hyun – Raetea
won 6-4 6-2, Raetea Rongo vs Hoo Wang – Raetea won 6-2 2-6 10-3, Raetea Rongo
vs Irin Chung – Raetea won 6-1 6-3.