Junior tennis off to Fiji

Friday July 20, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports
Maka Maui will lead the national team off to compete in the Pacifi c Oceania Junior Tennis Championships in Fiji. 18071929 Maka Maui will lead the national team off to compete in the Pacifi c Oceania Junior Tennis Championships in Fiji. 18071929

The Cook Islands junior tennis team will leave the country for Fiji today to compete in the Pacific Oceania Junior Tennis Championships.

 

The five-member team will include Maka Maui, Christopher Neururer, Katee Wearing, Dreena Teapa and Takaiti Toa.

Coach Malcolm Kajer, who will accompany the team, said they were eyeing a top-place finish in the U12 and U14 championships, which will run from July 23 to August 9 in Lautoka.

In last year’s Pacific Oceania Junior Tennis Championships, Cook Islands finished on top in the U12 boys’ category, while the U12 girls’ side managed a second-place finish.

Kajer said the players would be competing in the teams, individual and regional events during the championship.

“The aim is to finish on top of the grades we are competing in and we hope we are able to achieve that,” Kajer said.

“We’re looking strong in all age groups and expecting some positive results. The junior players have been working hard during the training while battling illnesses and flus.

“There is one thing guaranteed – this tournament will certainly give a tremendous amount of experience in match play to these players.”

The national players will have an opportunity to compete with players from the East Pacific, West Pacific and North Pacific.

Kajer said the Samoan girls would be a challenge for the national side, as well as the Northern Pacific teams, which according to him have proven tough in recent years.

“Our team will try and aim for number one spot to be able to gain access to more overseas trips to New Zealand and Australia, which are mostly funded by the international federation,” said Kajer.

He also thanked the sponsors and players’ parents for making this trip a reality.

“We would like to thank our sponsors Bluesky and Prime Foods. We also thank Tennis Cook Islands, our junior committee, all our other sponsors who had supported us during the junior tennis tournament fundraiser, all the parents, and the supporters out there who made this possible.”

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