Team JAWs led by Billy Bush, standing second from right, lost to an experienced Team KAPs 2-6 on Wednesday last week. Cook Islands Touch/ 24021113
Tempers flared in last Wednesday’s Cook Island Touch Association mixed competition match between defending champions 007 and Team Outlaws, held at the National Stadium in Nikao.
Team Outlaws, who won the 2024
Cook Islands Beach Touch Games held last month, overcame defending champions
007 in an intense tussle last week.
Cook Islands Touch Association
president Julieanne (Julz) Westrupp said: “Some very fast plays were made by
both teams and both teams scored one after the other. Discipline was
a factor in this game as verbal abuse started to creep in from time to
time from both sides,” Westrupp said.
She said 007’s Chris Bishop
maintained his composure but wasn’t able to sustain his hold for the entire
Once again, Oscar Wichman showed
his skills with his deceptive dives, scoring tries four metres out from the try
line. The Outlaws emerged victorious in a close contest, winning 10-7.
In the other matches, Nukz Power
proved their dominance once again after defeating CISNOC 10-1 while Team KAPs
overcame Team JAWs 6-2.
Westrupp said Nukz Power team
leader, Vernon Horn, was nowhere to be seen during the match as other players,
such as young player Tuffy, Maru, and Stanley Tutai, were given the opportunity
to lead the middles.
She said that from time-to-time
Hinnah Tatuava and Mahana Sijp jumped into the middle to give the game some
flair from a female perspective.
Westrupp said CISNOC never gave
up and showed some good moments but just didn’t have the experience to
compete against the Nukz Power team.
Nukz Power maintained their
composure and emerged victorious 10-1.
In the final game of the day, Team
JAWs took on Team KAPs.
Team KAPS, an experienced team
led by Viiga Ruepena and Vou Williams, played a more structured game using the
women out on the wings displaying scoring opportunities.
Westrupp said Team JAWs wore
their new uniform, which stood out and gave the atmosphere a cool-slick look.
“Billy Bush did well with his
team and the development he continues to do.”
KAPs emerged triumphant with a
Westrupp reiterates the importance of respect towards referees. These voluntary positions are crucial for the game, and no disrespect will be tolerated, she said.
The Cook Islands Touch Association lacks enough referees and cannot allow teams to choose who officiates their matches.
Westrupp expresses her gratitude to all the volunteers who dedicate their time to refereeing.
Meanwhile Westrupp said a new
team will join the mixed grade competition, taking the total teams competing to
The new team Huffin & Puffin
will be led by Gary Cribb.
Westrupp explained that
this meant that one team would play twice, their first game at 5pm and the
second game at 6pm.
Today: Open men’s and women’s: 5pm Field 1 KAPs vs GAT,
Field 2 Warriors vs Nukz Power; 5.30pm Field 1 FBI vs Bounty, Field 2 Nukz
power vs Nikz; 6pm Field 1 Masters Green vs Gold.