Cook Islands Touch Association anticipates fielding eight teams each in the men’s and women’s grades in the two-day tournament which starts tomorrow at the BCI Stadium.
It hopes to have five teams from the outer islands and three from Rarotonga, divided into two pools of four teams each.
Association president Daphne Brown says it’s hard to predict the outcome as teams will be equally matched with the inclusion of 23 national players.
“We will have the national players that came back from the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea slotting into the different teams,” Brown says.
“We will also have the former national reps playing for their respective teams so it’s hard to say which one is the favourite to win this tournament.”
Like other codes, the Cook Islands Touch Association will also look out for talented athletes to draft them into their squad for future international competitions.
Brown says there are also opportunities for those who want to try their hands at officiating in the matches.
“We will probably have some overseas players as well playing for their respective island teams.
“We would like to invite any visitors or Cook Islanders, who are here on a holiday, and are touch fans or touch enthusiasts to join us.
“If they want to help with the officiating, they can contact me on 54171. We also urge the players to visit CISNOC and register with Siniva Marsters by today.”
Registration fee is $5 per athlete, regardless of the number of sports they take part in.
The touch tournament will start with preliminary rounds at 2pm tomorrow. The competition will resume at 10am on Saturday, with the finals expected to be played around 3pm.
The medal ceremony is scheduled for 4.30pm.
All teams are requested to be at the BCI Stadium at 1.45pm tomorrow.