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Little and large semis showdown today

Wednesday December 11, 2019 Written by Published in Soccer

The 2019 CIFA knockout cup semifinals being today with the U7 mixed, U9 mixed, U11 mixed and U17 men’s teams kicking off in Matavera.

 

Starting small, at 4:15pm, Tupapa Maraerenga will play Puaikura and Nikao Sokattak will play Avatiu for a place in the U7 mixed final, Avatiu will play Puaikura and Nikao Sokattak will play Tupapa Maraerenga for a place in the U9 mixed final, while Avatiu faces off with Matavera-Ngatangiia and Titikaveka goes up against Nikao Sokattak for a place in the U11 mixed final.

At 4:45pm the U17 men will take the field with Nikao Sokattak taking on Tupapa Maraerenga and Puaikura facing Avatiu for a place in the U17 men’s final next week.

Playing on CIFA’s field 1, Nikao and Tupapa have had some great and intense matches over recent years and this season has produced some great encounters.

A close first encounter saw Tupapa make a last-minute comeback to take out the win while the second and third encounters were hard-fought wins by Nikao and Tupapa respectively. This week’s match is likely to be one to watch as both teams will be eager to go on to the finals.

Playing on CIFA’s field 2, Puaikura will be playing a hungry Avatiu U17 men’s team. In recent games Avatiu have transformed their side and turned them into a much stronger team.

Avatiu gave Nikao a good run last week during their knockout playoff, falling to the side 3-2. The match can be described as a back and forth battle of goals, while it also wielded some great tactical plays and some fantastic displays of skill.

Avatiu is likely to give Puaikura a good run for their money in their match tomorrow and Puaikura is expected to turn up gunning for a win.

FIXTURES:

Wednesday 11th December, 2019 at the CIFA complex, Matavera.

CIFA Field 1:                Under 7 Mix

4.15pm Field 1:           Tupapa Maraerenga FC vs Puaikura FC

Ref: Teretia Teinaki, Tailei Blake

4.15pm Field 2:           Nikao Sokattak FC vs Avatiu FC

Ref: Eitiare Tangirere, Kura Smith

CIFA Field 1:                Under 9 Mix

4.15pm Field 1:           Avatiu FC vs Puaikura FC

            Ref: Robert Savage, Nicky Smith

4.15pm Field 2:           Nikao Sokattak FC vs Tupapa Maraerenga FC

            Ref: Angelina Mitchell, Tahiri Elikana

CIFA Field 2:                Under 11 Mix

4.15pm Field 1:            Avatiu FC vs Matavera FC

Ref:  Tehainnah Tatuava        

4.15pm Field 2:            Titikaveka FC vs Nikao Sokattak FC

Ref:  Lai Gukisuva

                        Under 17 Men

4.45pm CIFA Field 1:   Tupapa Maraerenga FC vs Nikao Sokattak FC

Ref: Maara Kaukura   Assist: Teretia Teinaki, Robert Savage

4.45pm CIFA Field 2:    Puaikura FC vs Avatiu FC

Ref: John Pareanga      Assist: Tehainnah Tatuava, Lai Gukisuva                  

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