THE Cook Islands were unable to claim two more wins at the 2019 Pacific Games yesterday, with the open men’s and women’s touch teams both going down in their bronze medal matches.
The Bluesky Mixed Touch Competition headed into its last round of games with Bluesky and KAPS kicking off in a closely contested match last week.
Team Bluesky worked hard but found the wet conditions trying. The more experienced KAPS played strategically well in using their girls to control the match and win 5-4. KAPS secures third place on the points table and will head into the Cup playoffs.
The second game saw Team ATT take on General Transport in an entertaining match. A few spectacular run away tries from Team ATT put the game out of reach for General Transport, winning the game 7-3 to secure a berth in the top 4. The second round of games saw two evenly matched teams, Tereora#cozwecan and Airport battle it out. Both teams not only gave it their all but enjoyed themselves finishing the game locked at 3 all.
Meanwhile, 007 continues its good form winning over the unpredictable Mangaia 3 to 1 and sealing its position as top of the points ladder.
Today will be the playoff for the Bluesky Men’s competition. The winners of today’s games will go on to the finals next week with the losers playing off for 3rd and 4th place next week on Easter Monday.
- CI Touch
Bluesky 4 KAPS 5, Team ATT 7 General Transport 3, Tereora 3 Airport 3, Mangaia 1 007 3, Touch Squad 4 ICI 3.
5.00pm GAT-Nines Squad (M), 5.35pm Germinators-Team ATT (M)
Tereora faced its toughest match of the season playing against the Touch Squad who were practising their Pacific Games moves to score at will last week. However, a brilliant intercept from Tereora’s Tupa Tupa put a dent in the Touch Squad armour amidst a huge cheer from the spectators. Touch Squad went on to win by 9 to 1.