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Vacancy - CI Sevens in Heaven 2017 Event Management Team

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CI Sevens in Heaven (LOGO attached above)

The Cook Islands Rugby Union is seeking expressions of interest from interested entities/persons to organise and manage – on behalf of CIRU -- one of the country’s premier sporting event, Sevens in Heaven, in 2017. The job involves a range of activities from registration of teams, liaising with sponsors, teams and other stakeholders, right through to managing the event in 2-4th November. Interested entities should provide a brief summary (no more than one A4 page) as to how they would go about delivering the event with attention to areas such as marketing, sponsorship, advertising, providing corporate hospitality, security and adding to the rugby experience. EOI are to be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by 4pm onFriday 17 February 2017.

CIRU coach positions vacant - close 17th Feb 2017

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POSITIONS VACANT:

-Head Coach & Manager for the Mens 15s Team – RWCQ August 2017 in PNG

-Head Coach & Manager for the U15 CI 7s Schoolboys Team to attend the Condor 7s Dec. 2017 in NZ

-Head Coach & Manager for the U18 CI 7s Schoolboys Team to attend the World Schools Dec. 2017 in NZ

They will be responsible for preparing our teams for these Tournaments

Applications should be in writing stating your relevant background and addressed to:

CIRU President, PO Box 898, Rarotonga.

Please email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications close on Friday 17th February 2017.

Any enquiries contact Ben Koteka mb54469.

U18 CI SCHOOLBOYS - WORLD SCHOOLBOYS 7s Tournament on Saturday 17/12/16 in Akl/NZ

The U18 Cook Islands 7s SCHOOLBOYS will participate at the inaugural WORLD SCHOOLBOYS 7s Tournament to be held on Saturday 17/12/16 in Auckland / NZ.

The Cook Islands team have assembled in Auckland with players flying in from Australia and Rarotonga.

Yesterday the team had their first team hit-out match against Samoa and Australia.

“Yesterdays hit-out matches against Samoa and Australia were of good value – this was the first time that the players have played together as a team so we were able to give everyone a game and try out various combinations. We are quietly confident that we can surprise a few teams at the tournament ” – said Manager Cam Kilgour.

There are a few local players in this squad such as; 17 old twins Matt and Nick Maui from Arorangi, and NZ rugby scholarship students – Josh Motu ( Avatiu – now attending Rangiora High School) and Toto Tupuna (Tupapa – One Tree Hill College).

The Cooks have been drawn in the same Pool as Fiji and New Zealand.

With Rugby 7s now an Olympic sport the creation of competition pathways close to home is crucial.

For messages of support please contact the Team Manager Cam Kilgour email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cook Islands Under 18s 7s Team for World Schools 7s in Auckland/NZ on Saturday 17/12/16 is as follows:  Jake Malbon Cook Islands Under 20s © Jacob Foster- Hall Western Force 7s Perth, Ethan Cayless Cooks Islands Under 20s, Al Jermaine Epati MAGS, Mataroa Maui Rarotonga, Nicholas Maui Rarotonga, Josh Numanga Kings College, Isaac Lulia MAGS, Josh Motu Canterbury, John–Phillip Ngatoko Aorere College, Tearetoa Tupuna One Tree Hill College, Adidas Hapi Cook Islands Under 20s, Jahvis Moke New Plymouth. Others ruled out due to injury - Santana Marshall Baker & James Strickland both from the Cook Islands Under 20s. Coach Cam Kilgour Coach Matt Atiga Manager Simon Marcel.

U15 CI Schoolboys shine at the Condor 7s in AKL/NZ Friday 2/12/16

After a slow start – losing the first match “ a bit of stage fright, the boys were overawed by the occasion of this prestigious tournament” however they settled down and they improved with every Pool match. Size-wise, we were one of the smallest teams at the tournament however the boys were able to hold their own against bigger opposition. 

In the Plate Semi’s the boys played and won their match 19 – 10 against Wesley College.  

In their 5th match they lost the Plate Final by 5 – 15 v Sacred Heart College. It was a good match, their fitness levels severely tested, with the boys unable to capitaliise on some tryscoring opportunities. Coach Shane Napa said “I am extremely proud of the teams efforts throughout the whole tournament as they played with plenty of heart”.

Outstanding players throughout the tournament were; Faatau Pepe(centre), David Napa(prop) and Leandro Vakatini(prop)  - Faatau being selected into the U15 Condor 7s Tournament team.   

The team will spend the next couple of days watching the U18 Division of the Condor 7s, and also spending time with their NZ families, before they travel home arriving back into Rarotonga on Wednesday 6/12/16.

Also thank you to all our families, sponsors and everyone that supported us, from home and also here in NZ, thank you for all your help and your wonderful messages and prayers of support.

RESULTS:

 POOL PLAY:

  • ·Lost 12 – 29 to New Plymouth Boys High
  • ·Won 10 – 5 v Howick College
  • ·Won 22 – 0 v Kelston Boys Blue
    • ·PLATE Semi:  won 19 – 10 v Wesley College 
    • ·PLATE Final:  lost 5 – 15 v Sacred Heart College

The Eels do it again! Steinlager 7s Tournament 22 Oct 2016

Steinlager 7’s Tournament on Saurday 22nd October 2016 at Avatiu Field  

 

THE EELS DO IT - AGAIN

 

After losing their first game in Pool Play(against Manatoa by 5-19) the Eels were able to; reset, re-focus and then reverse the result when it mattered the most. In the Grand Final the Eels were able to defeat Manatoa by 21-7, the Eels express pace with their band of speedsters; Enedi Ratudaradara, Samu “Mr Bean” Alafua and Lai Rogorogovalu all scoring tries close to the goal posts for the Eels to convert all three tries for the 21-7 victory in the Final against Manatoa. The lone Manataoa try was scored by Sailosi Nagi after a good offensive tackle by pivot Steven Willis.

 

This was the first time that a One-Day Tournament of this nature was held and it was a good contest, survival of the fittest teams - with both finalists playing 4 matches over a 5 hour period from 1pm to 6pm.

 

As part of the programme it was good to also watch some age grade Sevens with the U15 CI Schoolboys team playing 3 matches against an U16 TKV Reds team that also included players from other clubs.  Some age grade players who stood out were: the U16 TKV Reds; Sam Taoro, Salvatory Ngaroi, Alfonse Ngaau and James Nand. Bests for the U15 CI Schools team were; Willie Rani, Enua Heather, Avaiki Ama and David Napa.

Once again CIRU would like to thank you major sponsors Steinlager and The Bond Store for all your support, Avatiu Rugby Club for the use of your fantastic facilities, all the teams, the medics, supporters and especially our referee’s – meitaki maata and God Bless you all.  

Below (& attached above) are the Results from the Steinlager 7’s Tournament played on Saturday 22nd October 2016.

 

GAME#

POOL

TIME

 

RESULTS:

   

#1

A

1pm

EELS

5 v 19

Manatoa

 

#2

B

1.20pm

Yalovata

Pan. WBD

Panthers

 

#3

 

1.40pm

U15 CI Schools

17 v 10

U16 TKV Reds

     

10 MINUTE INTERVAL

 

 

#4

A

2.10pm

EELS

52 v 7

Atiu

 

#5

B

2.30pm

Yalovata

0 v 19

TKV Reds

 

#6

 

2.50pm

U15 CI Schools

7 v 22

U16 TKV Reds

     

10 MINUTE INTERVAL

 

 

#7

A

3.20pm

Manatoa

27 v 5

Atiu

 

#8

B

3.40pm

Panthers

17  v 7

TKV Reds

 
     

20 MINUTE INTERVAL

   

#9

SEMI

4.20pm

A1st: Manatoa

17 v 10

B2nd: Reds

#10

SEMI

4.40pm

A2nd: Eels

20 v 5

B1st: Panthers

#11

   

10 MINUTE INTERVAL

   
   

5.10pm

U15 CI Schools

19 v 17

U16 TKV Reds

#12

FINAL

5.30pm

W9: Manatoa

7 v 21

W10: Eels

 

 

This coming weekend will a be an “OFF WEEKEND” with all teams in maintenance-mode as they prepare for the 3-day Cook Islands International 7’s Tournament to be played from Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th October 2016. There will be 16x Men and 4x Womens teams in action at this tournament.

 

Meitaki Maata,

Ben Koteka

CEO - Cook Islands Rugby Union

Ph: +682 25854   Mb: +682 54469

Email:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

www.rugby.co.ck

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Skype: cirugby

 

 

 

CIPS - U13 & U15 College 7s Tournament results (20 Oct 2016)

Cook Islands Printing Services  – U13 & U15 College 7’s Tournament held on Thursday 20th October 2016 at Avatiu Field.

 

AVARUA & TEREORA WIN the SCHOOLS RUGBY 7’s

 

Ten teams participated in this one-day U13 & U15 Rugby 7’s tournament, kindly sponsored by the Cook Islands Printing Services (“CIPS”).

 

U13 Grade - Boys: Avarua School getting better with every game. Best players per school were: pivot Taio Taio(Avarua School), utility Vaipo Mataora & Alfy Ngire(Nikao), forward Heath Heather & outside back Simona Ataera(Arorangi School) and winger Terry Akava (Nukutere College) - who scored 4 tries in this tournament.

Avarua School at the opening ceremony     IMG 4367

Avarua lining up for the opening ceremony, and then celebrating their undefeated day of games as the U13 winners. 

 

U15 Grade – Boys: Again Tereora College improving as the day progressed. Best players on the day were; pivot William Rani and Taua Heather(Tereora), speedster Taine Rimamotu(Nukutere) and outside back Thomas Daniel(Titikaveka) who scored 4 tries in the match against Nukutere College.

 

 

U15 Grade – Girls: Although Tereora College won this division a  real surprise package were Nukutere College girls who also improved with more game time. Titikaveka College struggled as a team but they did put in a spirited performance throughout the day – exemplified especially by their winger Trainee Daniels who chased down a runaway Nukutere College student from 80meres and was able to knock the rugby ball out of the Nukutere players hand as she went to press the ball over the try line – this was after the fulltime siren had sounded!  Best players for Tereora College were; fleet-footed  winger Elma Ngametua, halfback Ngametua Taringa, Nukutere College – tryscoring winger Joan Wong, utility players Dora Iripa and Tereita Teinaki.  Titikaveka College – utility players Bernice Trego and Lily Williams worked hard all day.                   

Tereora College U15 girls      IMG 4385

Tereora College U15 Girls team who came out undefeated, and runners up, Titikaveka College U15 Girls.

Overall it was a good event with lots of talented players, boys and girls, on show.

With Rugby 7’s now an Olympic sport this bodes well for the code of Rugby 7’s as CIRU look to develop competition pathways from home.  

Thank you to our sponsors Cook Islands Printing Services, Avatiu Rugby Club for the use of their marvellous facilities and to all the schools who participated.

 

## PLEASE REFER TO THE RESULTS BELOW:

CIPS - U13 & U15 College 7's Tournament to be held on Thursday 20/10/16 at Avatiu Field

 
                   

TEAMS:

U13 - Boys

U15 - Boys

U15 - Girls

     
 

Avarua

 

Tereora

 

Tereora

       
 

Nikao

 

Nukutere

 

Nukutere

       
 

Arorangi

 

Titikaveka

Titikaveka

     
 

Nukutere

               
                   

GAME #

TIME

GRADE

             
 

9.55am

Opening prayer - both Game #1 teams to assemble infront of the Admin Tent

#1

10am

U13 - B

Avarua

15 v 0

Nikao

       

#2

10.20am

U13 - B

Arorangi

15 v 0

Nukutere

       

#3

10.40am

U15 - B

Tereora

17 v 5

Nukutere

       

#4

11am

U15 - G

Tereora

19 v 12

Nukutere

       

#5

11.20am

U13 - B

Avarua

24 v 0

Arorangi

       

#6

11.40am

U13 - B

Nikao

17 - 19

Nukutere

       

#7

12noon

U15 - B

Tereora

41 v 0

Titikaveka

     

#8

12.20pm

U15 - G

Tereora

42 v 0

Titikaveka

     

#9

12.40pm

U13 - B

Avarua

26 v 0

Nukutere

       

#10

1pm

U13 - B

Nikao

ARO -WBD

Arorangi

       

#11

1.20pm

U15 - G

Nukutere

34 v 0

Titikaveka

     

#12

1.40pm

U15 - B

Nukutere

22 v 22

Titikaveka

     
 

2pm:

PRIZEGIVING - ALL TEAMS WILL RECEIVE A PRIZE

     
   

Closing prayer.

           
                   

FINAL PLACINGS: 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th

     

## MVP's:

 
 

U13 - Boys:

Avarua, Arorangi, Nukutere, Nikao.

#Taio Taio (Avarua)

 
 

U15 - Boys:

Tereora, Nukutere, Titikaveka

 

#Willie Rani(Tereora)

 

U15 - Girls:

Tereora, Nukutere, Titikaveka

 

#Elma Ngametua (Tereora)

                   

 

 

Cook Islands Printing Services U13 & U15 7s tournament 20/10/16

CIPS - U13 & U15 Primary/College 7's Tournament to be held on Thursday 20/10/16 at Avatiu Field

 

Ten Under 13 & Under 15 Primary School and College teams (Boys & Girls) will battle it out for the 2016 title to be played at the Avatiu Field from 10am.

In the U13 Grade (Boys) Avarua Primary School will start favourites after winning the Rugby 10’s completion in July this year. Some players to watch out for in the U13 Grade: Taio Taio(Avarua), Scholar Ngatokorua(Nikao), Simi Ataera(Arorangi) and Kevin Rangi(Nukutere).

 

In the U15 Grade; as the National College Tereora College will start favourites in both divisions Boys & Girls.

Some U15 Boys players to watch out for: Faatau Pepe(Tereora), Nukutere(Taine Rimamotu) and Thomas Daniel(Titikaveka).

For the U15 Girls – some players to watch out for: Teretia Teinaki(Nukutere), Tia Tuivaga(Tereora) Bernadette Trego(Titikaveka).

With Rugby 7’s now an Olympic sport it is imperative that CIRU develop sustainable schools competition pathways from home for the next generation of champions.

 

Once again CIRU would like to say meitaki maata to the Cook Islands Printing Services for their continued support of this age grade tournament.

See you all at the Avatiu Rugby Field this Thursday with the first game kicking-off @ 10am. Gate Entry: FREE

 

CIPS - U13 & U15 College 7's Tournament to be held on Thursday 20/10/16 at Avatiu Field

 
                   

TEAMS:

U13 - Boys

U15 - Boys

U15 - Girls

     
 

Avarua

 

Tereora

 

Tereora

       
 

Nikao

 

Nukutere

 

Nukutere

       
 

Arorangi

 

Titikaveka

Titikaveka

     
 

Nukutere

               
                   

GAME #

TIME

GRADE

             
 

9.55pm

Opening prayer - both Game #1 teams to assemble infront of the Admin Tent

#1

10am

U13 - B

Avarua

v

Nikao

       

#2

10.20am

U13 - B

Arorangi

v

Nukutere

       

#3

10.40am

U15 - B

Tereora

v

Nukutere

       

#4

11am

U15 - G

Tereora

v

Nukutere

       

#5

11.20am

U13 - B

Avarua

v

Arorangi

       

#6

11.40am

U13 - B

Nikao

v

Nukutere

       

#7

12noon

U15 - B

Tereora

v

Titikaveka

     

#8

12.20pm

U15 - G

Tereora

v

Titikaveka

     

#9

12.40pm

U13 - B

Avarua

v

Nukutere

       

#10

1pm

U13 - B

Nikao

v

Arorangi

       

#11

1.20pm

U15 - G

Nukutere

v

Titikaveka

     

#12

1.40pm

U15 - B

Nukutere

v

Titikaveka

     
 

2pm:

PRIZEGIVING - ALL TEAMS WILL RECEIVE A PRIZE

     
   

Closing prayer.

           

 

Please advise if you have any queries.

Meitaki Maata,

Ben Koteka

CEO - Cook Islands Rugby Union

Ph: +682 25854   Mb: +682 54469

Email:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

www.rugby.co.ck

www.facebook.com/CookIslandsRugbyUnion

Skype: cirugby

 

 

 

Results - The Bond Store and Bluesky Grand Finals 24 Sept 2016

The BOND STORE  – Results of Rarotonga Club 15’s Finals held on Saturday 24/09/16 at Avatiu Field 

  • The BOND STORE – Senior A : Avatiu Eels 7 – 3 Takuvaine Reds
  • ·The BOND STORE – Senior B: Avatiu Eels 34  -  0  Arorangi Cowboys
  • ·Bluesky – U19 Grade: Arorangi Cowboys  39  -  3  Avatiu Eels
  • ·U16 Grade: Titikaveka Bulls 22 – 17 Avatiu Eels
  • ·U13 Grade: Avatiu Eels 39  -  24  Takuvaine Reds

 

HILIGHTS FROM SOME GRADES:

 

The BOND STORE – Senior A : Avatiu Eels 7 – 3 Takuvaine Reds

In an intense Senior A Grade match a resilient Eels team in the final quarter of this match were able to hold out a persistent Reds team from spoiling their home party.  This match promised so much with an eventful first half – with the Eels leading 7-3 at the halftime break. This 7-3 scoreline remained the same throughout the whole match. Although in the first half there were 3 missed penalty kicks at goal by either teams goalkickers which could have made a difference to the final scoreline.

 

After winning the Championship title for 3 years in a row(2013-2014-2015) the Reds succumbed to the Clive Nicholas captained Eels team who have been the competition leaders in 2016.   

 

Bests for the Eels were their hard working forwards; Wally Tangata Jnr,  prop Stanley Tobia and Tokerau Raru supported by midfielder Tua Biusaiya and fullback Jackson Martin.

Bests players for the Reds were; lock Mana Havi, loose forward Filipo Schmidt, first 5/8 Viiga Ruepena and prop/Captain Travel Tou Jnr.

 

AVATIU EELS: 7     Try: Lai Rogorogoivalu    Conv: Clive Nicholas

TAKUVAINE REDS: 3   Pen: Viiga Ruepena

##Best & Fairest Player: Wally Tangata Jnr (Eels)

 

 

Bluesky – U19 Grade: Arorangi Cowboys  39  -  3  Avatiu Eels

Surprise package the Arorangi Cowboys, who finished in 4th place in Round competition, came out firing leading at the halftime break by 20 – 3. They continued that way in the 2nd half finishing with a satisfying 39-3 victory. Although they tried hard to stem the tide, pre-match favourites the Eels had no answers on the day.

 

ARORANGI COWBOYS: 39    Tries: Maeva Mateariki, James Strickland, Nicholas Maui, Edemias Pokora, Leonard Varu, Joe Aniterea       Conv: Mat Maui(3)    Pen: Mat Maui

AVATIU EELS: 3                      Pen: Lardie Aerenga

##Best & Fairest Player: James Strickland (Cowboys)

 

 

U16 Grade: Titikaveka Bulls 22 – 17 Avatiu Eels

A last-minute try scored by Bulls midfielder Thomas Daniel allowed the Bulls to win this match 22-17 against a spirited and physically smaller Eels team. It was a great contest with the scores drawn 10-all at halftime.

TITIKAVEKA BULLS: 22      Tries: Tangi Akava, Aporo Taruia, Charles Tuakana & Thomas Daniel.  Conv: Tangi Akava

AVATIU EELS:  17              Tries: Faatau Pepe, Samuel Taoro, Apa Tamarua    Conv: Faatau Pepe

##Best & Fairest Player: Thomas Daniel (Bulls)

 

 

Thank you to all the clubs, teams, players, management, administrators and referees who participated in our 2016 The Bond Store – Rarotonga Club Rugby 15’s competition.  And meitaki maata to all our sponsors, supporters and also to the Avatiu Rugby Club for doing a fantastic job in hosting the 2016 Club Finals.

 

 

The Bond Store - Senior A grade Semi finals (Week 2) - Reds 23 vs Panthers 10

TKV REDS MARCH TOWARDS THE FINALS

 

The Takuvaine Reds confirmed their place at this weeks Finals with a 23 – 10 victory over their city-cousins the Tupapa Panthers.

 

Both teams were evenly matched throughout, the final 23-10 scoreline not a true indication as to the closeness of this match with the score stuck at 16-10 until the big Reds lock Christian Hosking bulldozed his way over the tryline in the 80th minute of the game to seal this win for the Reds.

 

Individually the Panthers looked to have the goods – and they actually opened the scoring with a well taken converted try in the 10th minute of play to their powerful midfielder Nemani Kurinaqau. The Panthers did have sufficient set piece possession and also territorial advantage but they were unable to translate this into points on the scoreboard.

 

However as a team the Reds were able to feed off the scraps of possession scoring both their tries from broken play. This together with the goal kicking of fullback Pereti Ione kept the Reds in the race.

 

Bests players for the Reds were work-a-holic forwards lock Mana Havi and loosie Tautua Solomona.  

Bests players for the Panthers were prop Davey Mato and loose forwards Teina Savage and Oki Naea.

 

The Reds lead at halftime by 10 – 7.

 

2013, 2014 & 2015 Champions the Reds will now play against the Avatiu Eels in this weeks Grand Finals.

 

TAKUVAINE REDS: 23    Tries: Filipo Schmidt & Christian Hosking. Conv: Perfeti Ione & Ailoa Samania   Pen: Pereti Ione(3)

TUPAPA PANTHERS: 10  Try: Nemani Kurinaqau    Conv: Conrad Piri    Pen: Otaneil Joseph  

 

 

THIS WEEKS RUGBY ACTION:

 

1)      Smudge McNeilage (Auckland Rugby Union Referee Educator) is in Rarotonga and he will be conducting referee sessions this week. All interested refreees, coaches, players are invited to attend these referee sessions starting on Monday 19/09/16 @ 5pm at the CIRU Office (Nikao), Any enquiries please contact Ben Koteka mb54469.

2)      The Bond Store – Rarotonga Club 15’s Grand Finals to be held on Saturday 24th September 2016 at the Avatiu Field.

§  The Bond Store – Senior A: Avatiu Eels  v  Takuvaine Reds

§  The Bond Store – Senior B: Avatiu Eels  v  Arorangi Cowboys

§  Bluesky – U19: Avatiu Eels  v  Arorangi Cowboys

§  U16: Avatiu Eels  v  Titikaveka Bulls

§  U13: Avatiu Eels  v  Takuvaine Reds

The Bond Store- Senior A grade Semi finals - Eels 17 vs Reds 10

Weekend review of The BOND STORE – Senior A Grade Semi’s from Saturday 10 September 2016:

 

AVATIU Field:  Avatiu EELS 17  v  10  Takuvaine REDS

 

In a game of two halves the Reds started well and heading onto the halftime break they looked to have the Eels on the “ropes” – the Reds scrum was gaining ascendency and their backs were starting to find some holes in the opposition defence. The Reds lead at the halftime break by 7- nil.

 

However when the Eels returned in the 2nd half they came with a different attitude and they started contesting the scrums and the crucial contact area, their lineout drive - rolling maul was threatening and they also started to move the ball into space – scoring a lovely long range try to their fleet-footed winger Semisi Alafua. This together with the golden boot of loose forward Clive Nicholas allowed the Eels to accumulate 17 points in succession to set themselves up for the an intense 2nd half finish.

 

In the final 10 minutes of play the Reds took the game to the Eels but they were unable to breakdown the Eels scrambling defence.   

 

The final fulltime score Eels 17 v Reds 10.

 

Bests for the Eels were Number 8 Wally Tangata Jnr, speedy wingers Semisi Alafua and Sirla Pera.

Bests for the Reds were utility back Viiga Ruepena, halfback Jason Potoru and also mobile lock Christian Hosking.

 

The Eels progress straight to the Grand Finals to be played on Saturday 24th September 2016.

The Reds will now play this weekend against the Tupapa Panthers, this match to be at the Takuvaine Rugby Field.

 

Avatiu Eels: 17    Try:  Semisi Alafua    Conv: Clive Nicholas    Pen: Clive Nicholas (3)

Takuvaine Reds: 10  Try: Ailaoa Samania   Conv: Viiga Ruepena  Pen: Viiga Ruepena   

 

 

TUPAPA Field:  Tupapa PANTHERS  21  v  20  Arorangi COWBOYS

 

After leading 7-6 at halftime the Panthers were able to survive this match winning by 21-20 against a persistent Cowboys team.

Bests players for the Cowboys were fullback Steven Willis and the usual loose forward trio of Waisoi Karalo and the Smith brothers Francis and Brendan.

Bests players for the Panthers were loose forward Davey Mato, prop Tupou Faireka Jnr and lock Eddie Herman.

The Cowboys will hang up their boots while the Panthers will now play against the Reds this week in a Knockout Elimination Semi’s match to be played at the Takuvaine Field.   

 

POSTPONED MATCHES FROM LAST WEEKEND (Tupapa Field): Due to bereavement the postponed matches between the: U19 Panthers v Cowboys, U16 Bulls v TKV Reds and also U13 Panthers v TKV Reds will now be played during the week – dates & times to be confirmed asap.

 

 

 

Nareta Marsters of the Cook Islands makes the Wallaroo team to tour NZ

Wallaroos lean on Sevens for three-Test rugby union tour of New Zealand

The Wallaroos have named 13 uncapped players in their 26-strong squad for the three-Test rugby union tour of New Zealand.

Aiming to build off the success of the gold medal-winning sevens team at the Rio Olympics, coach Paul Verrell has selected seven players with experience in the abbreviated game as the Australians look to beat New Zealand for the first time in 12 attempts.

Experienced set of hands: Cobie-Jane Morgan.
Experienced set of hands: Cobie-Jane Morgan. Photo: ARU Media

Scrum-half Cobie-Jane Morgan is the most experienced of those, having played eight world series tournaments since her debut in Dubai in 2012.

Utility back Shontelle Stowers, centre Hanna Sio, lock Kirby Sefo and scrum-halves Katrina Baker and Iliseva Batibasaga have also all played varying amounts of international sevens tournaments, while back-rower Mollie Gray also represented Australia at last year's Pacific Games.

"There are some players with some strong Sevens experience in this squad and have had the experience of a professional culture our Sevens department has created," Verrell said.

The two teams last met in 2014, with New Zealand winning 34-3.

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However the Australians will get their first taste of big-time rugby when they play a historical maiden double-header against New Zealand at Eden Park before the third Bledisloe Test.

That experience is also likely to prove pivotal ahead of next year's World Cup in Ireland.

"We're building up a strong squad for the World Cup next year, and this tour will allow us to introduce many talented players to international rugby," Verrell said.

AUSTRALIAN SQUAD FOR NEW ZEALAND TOUR:

Katrina Barker*, Iliseva Batibasaga, Louise Burrows, Chloe Butler, Cheyenne Campbell, Rebecca Clough, Mollie Gray, Alisha Hewett, Ashleigh Hewson, Ariana Kaiwai*, Ivy Kaleta*, Victoria Latu*, Chloe Leaupepe*, Nareta Marsters*, Cobie-Jane Morgan, Hana Ngaha*, Alanna Patison*, Liz Patu, Madeline Putz, Sarah Riordan*, Emily Robinson*, Oneata Schwalger, Kirby Sefo*, Hanna Sio, Shontelle Stowers*, Venisia Taufa*.

*Uncapped players

http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-union/union-news/wallaroos-lean-on-sevens-for-threetest-rugby-union-tour-of-new-zealand-20160902-gr751h.html

 

 

Bluesky - U19 Semi Final - Avatiu Field. Friday 9 Sept 4.30pm (Eels vs Bulls)

BLUESKY  – U19 Grade:Avatiu Eels  v  Titikaveka Bulls @ Avatiu Field on Friday 9/09/16 @ 4.30pm

 

In this weeks first Semi-Finals to be played both U19 teams have been consistent performers throughout the year. These two teams have met twice this year, with one win each.

 

Players to watch-out for the Eels are: utility player Aiden Kapi, midfielder Sam Taoro, Number 8 DJ Hoeflich, fullback Faatau Pepe and halfback Arii Nicholas.

Bulls players to watch-out for; big mobile Number 8 Ratu Vakalalabure,  halfback Karika Tuake, utility player Ron Mino and side-stepping fullback Henry Wragg.

 

The incentive for the winner of this match will see that team progress straight through to the Grand Finals to be played on Saturday 24th September.

Best of luck to both teams.

 

U19 Grade: Avatiu Eels  v  Titikaveka Bulls @ Avatiu Field on Friday 9/09/16 @ 4.30pm

 

The Bond Store - Rarotonga Club 15s Semi Finals. 9-10 September 2016

The BOND STORE - RAROTONGA CLUB 15’s – Semi-Finals 9-10th September 2016

Referee Appointments

 

The following schedule outlines the games that will be played this weekend at the two venues - Avatiu (home of the Eels) and Tuapa (the den of the Panthers).  Avatiu will host those teams who gained the top two places on the points table during the season, while Tupapa will host the teams that came third and fourth. Good luck to all the teams this week.

 

Friday 9th September 2016

Avatiu / Nikao Eels vs. Titikaveka Bulls

(Venue : Avatiu Field)

04.30pm               Under: 19            Ref: Paul Allsworth          Assist Ref: William Povaru / Paul Peyroux

Referee Coordinator: Robert Graham

 

Saturday 10th September 2016

 

Avatiu / Nikao Eels (1st vs.2nd) Takuvaine Reds - 

#The winner progresses to the Grand Finals. The loser plays again next weekend

 

(Venue : Avatiu Field)

 

Avatiu/ Nikao Eels vs. Arorangi Cowboys

2pm       Under 13                           Ref: Club Officials             Assist Ref: Club Officials

Avatiu /Nikao Eels vs. Arorangi Cowboys

3pm       Under 16-10-a-side         Ref: William Povaru     Assist. Ref: WilliamTaripo / Paul Allsworth

Avatiu/ Nikao Eels vs. Takuvaine Reds

04.00pm               Senior A            Ref: Arthur Emile             Assist Ref : William Povaru / Kora Kora

 

Referee Coordinator: Papa Tom Willis / Ben Koteka

Time Keeper: Johnny Hosking

 

 

Tupapa Panthers (3rd vs. 4th) Arorangi Cowboys # Knockout Elimination

 

(Venue : Tupapa Field)

 

Tupapa Panthers vs. Takuvaine Reds
12.30pm          Under 13             Refs: Club officials     Assist Ref: Club Officials

Takuvaine Reds vs. Titikaveka Bulls
01.30pm          Under 16           Refs: Junior Takairangi Assist Ref: Dawn Crummer/ Paul Peyroux

Tupapa Panthers vs. Arorangi Cowboys
02.30pm          Under 19           Refs: Tutai Taurarii      Assist Ref: Junior Takairangi / Peter Godfrey

Tupapa Panthers vs. Arorangi Cowboys
04.00pm          Senior A:          Refs: Simiona Teiotu   Assist Ref: Koa Kopu / Tutai Taurarii

 

Referee Coordinator: Rob Coote

Time Keeper: Robert Graham

The Bond Store - Game of the Week - Round 10 - Panthers vs Cowboys - preview

#Round 10: The Bond Store – Rarotonga Club 15’s Senior A Grade Draw for this weekend is as follows:   

 

Venue: TUPAPA FIELD:

The Bond Store : Game of the Week:  Tupapa Panthers v Arorangi Cowboys @ 4pm:

When these two team met in the first round the Cowboys won this match by 23 – 18. That day it was a tight struggle between their big forward packs, the Panthers were actually leading at halftime break by 8-3. However in the second half the Cowboys were able to score 20 points and then hold off a fast-finishing Panthers team at the end – the Cowboys winning by 23-18.

Since then and over the course of the second round the Panthers have received a steady supply of rugby players from Fiji which has helped to rejuvenate their Finals aspirations.  The influx of Fijian players together with the return of ex-National player Conrad Piri at first 5/8 has improved the Panthers performances at the crucial business end of the season.

 

The Cowboys currently sit in 3rd place (15 points) on the Points Table, closely followed by the Panthers on 14 points. So this match will have extra interest with the winner of this match likely to hosts one of next weeks Semi Finals.   Players who could dictate the outcome of this match: Cowboys action men – hooker & captain Francis Smith and loose forward Waisoi Karalo. And for the Panthers alot will rest in hands of first 5/8 Conrad Piri and also inspiration number 8 Oki Naea.

 

 

Venue: TITIKAVEKA FIELD:

Titikaveka Bulls v  Avatiu Eels

The Eels currently lead the competition having only lost one match this season.

In their first round encounter and on a wet & muddy field the Eels were able to hold on and win this match by 8 – 3. The Bulls actually enjoyed the majority of possession and position however they were unable to convert their opportunities into points – including a certain try when one of the Bulls players actually crossing the dead ball line when placing the ball i n the in-goal area!

Players to watch: Eels – abrasive loose forward Wally Tangata Jnr. And for the Bulls watch out for their line breaking midfielder and ex-7’s rep Sailosi Nagi.

 

Best of luck to all teams playing this weekend.   

Meitaki Maata,

Ben Koteka

CEO - Cook Islands Rugby Union