Taiki returns with man of the match award

Friday October 25, 2019 Written by Published in League
Tupapa Maraerenga Panthers Masters League player and president Ioana Taiki with his Man of the Match Award and coach Henry Tupa (left). 19102204 Tupapa Maraerenga Panthers Masters League player and president Ioana Taiki with his Man of the Match Award and coach Henry Tupa (left). 19102204

Tupapa Maraerenga Panthers Masters League player Ioana Taiki returned home with the Man of the Match Award from the Masters of Rugby League International Tournament Gold Coast 2019.

 

Taiki, the president of the Tupapa Maraerenga Panthers Masters League, was also selected for the second time to join the New Zealand side – made up of former well-known players.

Taiki, 66, continues to participate in league, for health and fitness, and to keep active in the community.

Two other players from the Cook Islands, Sam Toroma, and Andrew Akavi were also chosen to join the New Zealand Masters Rugby League International League (13 a side), to play the opposing Australia Masters team.

The Panther Masters have attended the Masters of Rugby League International League tournament annually, for the past five years.

They put in a great effort winning all their four round games against Australian teams Marton Bears, Silverbacks 1, Masters All Stars and Silverbacks 2, at the games held on the Gold Coast, Australia.

Players and supporters enjoy the spirit of the Masters League games that supports men’s prostate and women’s breast cancer foundations.

Team coach Henry Tupa was pleased with the results, players attitude, performance, representations and not forgetting the ‘devotions’ that everyone contributed to each day.

Teams from Australia, Great Britain, Tonga, and New Zealand participated in the event that was hosted by Southport Tigers Rugby League Club and RSL Club Southport from September 28 to October 4.

The next tournament will be hosted in New Zealand in 2020. “Join us and make it happen,” says Taiki.

The team acknowledge the support of Member of Parliament, George Angene and family, Tupapa Maraerenga Sports Association, players, families and friends here and abroad.

“Meitaki Atupaka also to Papa Joe Takave and Mama Ann of Coolangatta, Australia for the hospitality.”

Note

Colour coded shorts for the age groups are categorised as: 35 to 39 years - white shorts, 40 to 49 years – black shorts, 50 to 59 years – red shorts, 60 to 69 years – gold shorts, 70 to 79 years – green shorts, 80 years and over – blue shorts.

The Tupapa Maraerenga Panthers Masters League executive are: President – Ioana Taiki. Vice President – Joe Tommy, secretary – Roimata Vakatini, treasurer – Rae Tupa, coach – Henry Tupa.

 

2 comments

  • Comment Link Francis Toa Tuesday, 29 October 2019 15:13 posted by Francis Toa

    Aww Papa Iona - what an inspiration you are to our club and our team!!

  • Comment Link Julie tafale Friday, 25 October 2019 19:38 posted by Julie tafale

    Hi there you spelt his name wrong it's not Ioana it's Iona Taiki correction please.

    Keep striving for more I am proud of you for playing the game you love. you have inspried us to do our best and I believe we can. Keep going on coz you are a for player with a strong heart and the love for the game. God bless from me and Marino in Poneke aka Porirua East Nz

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