Raro Cars has come on board to support the fiercely-contested competition now known as the Raro Cars Rugby League Competition 2019.
CIRLA competition coordinator Tai Nelio said the executives and committees extend their gratitude and thank Don Carlow of Raro Cars for his ongoing support to the association.
Nelio said Carlow had stepped up his support and come on board as the main sponsor for this year’s competition.
“This is huge and we are very grateful to Don Carlow and his business for sponsoring our domestic league competition. We want to say thank you indeed to Don Carlow of his on-going support towards CIRL,” Nelio said.
“The executives have met and agreed that the domestic competition will now be called Raro Cars Rugby League Competition 2019.”
Carlow said the company was pleased to continue their partnership with CIRLA.
“I am very pleased with this partnership, me and my business support the league. It’s a great game and it’s good for Cook Islands,” Carlow said.
He also mentioned that he was in support of future possible annual game between the Cook Islands and New Zealand Maoris.
The Raro Cars Rugby League Competition is heading into its second week and teams will no doubt work on ironing out the little mistakes on areas of their games to put on a much improved performance.
“Arorangi Bears had a huge win last Saturday and will be truly tested by the Aitutaki Sharks this Friday. Sharks will be playing their first game of the season and it should be a cracker,” Nelio said.
The Bears thumped Takuvaine Warriors 68-0 at the Happy Valley Field in round one. In other matches last week, defending champions Tupapa Panthers overcame Avatiu Nikao Eels 26-14 while Ngatangiia Matavera Sea Eagles defeated Titikaveka Bulldogs 32-16.
Meanwhile the following local players are to attend an important meeting at Rose Garden (opposite Nikao sport field) at 5pm today.
Players for meeting – Adrea Iro, James Strickland, Tamatoa Hunter, Thomas Daniel, Eddie Nicholas, Spoon Marsters, Mark Tuaiti, Christain Hosking, John Nicholas, Tokerau Raru, Basil Matapo, Teina Savage, Thomas Toa, Arii Nicholas, Mau George, David Paulo, Teremoana Paerau, Teu Paerau, Hugh Henry, Ozzie Joseph, Aljamaine Epati, Turori Matutu, Robert Heather, Willie Kauvai. Other interested players are welcome to attend.