Cook Islands Rugby League Association competition coordinator Taua Benioni said the matches scheduled for tomorrow have been brought forward by 30 minutes, citing limited daylight as the reason for the change.
“The time changes will carry on throughout the remainder of the competition,” Benioni added.
The games affected will be Titikaveka Bulldogs versus the Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles at Teimurimotia, and TKV Warriors hosting the Arorangi Bears at the Happy Valley tomorrow.
According to the new schedule, the premier reserves match will kick off at 2.30pm, while the premier grade clash will begin at 4pm.
However, today’s premier match between the Aitutaki Sharks and Tupapa Panthers will be played at 4.30pm.
Panthers need a win to claim the minor premiership title and head into next week’s preliminary finals as the top seed.
The Sharks, who have proven a tough nut to crack at home, will be hoping to stage a major upset in their final match of the season at Arutanga Park in Aitutaki.
Today at Titikaveka: 4.45pm U19s, Teimurimotia Park Bulldogs v Bears. Today at Arutanga Park, Aitutaki: 4.30pm Sharks v Panthers. Tomorrow at Teimurimotia Park, Titikaveka: 2.30pm Premier Reserves, Bulldogs v Eels; 4pm Premiers, Bulldogs v Sea Eagles. Tomorrow at Happy Valley, Takuvaine: 2.30pm Reserves, Warriors v Bears; 4pm Premiers. Avatiu Eels have the bye.
The draw for the playoffs next week – all games will be at the National Stadium:
Friday, May 18: Team 1 versus Team 2. Saturday, May 19: 11am Junior development; 1.30pm Premier Reserves, Team 3 versus Team 4; 3pm Premier Reserves, Team 1 versus Team 2; 4.30pm Premiers, Team 3 v Team 4.
No game for U19s as the overall top of the table points leader will go straight to the finals with the two remaining teams playing off in the semifinals on Saturday, May 26.