The open men’s and women’s matches were played in the round one competition at Nikao Field on Monday.
Germinators took the open men’s grade by storm last year but faced a tough battle against newcomers GAT team.
GAT led by national reps Andy Kapi and Puna Hiro defeated Germinators 4-3 in the opening match of the season, which proved to be a closely contested affair.
The other men’s match was also a close battle between Team 4 and the Availables.
In a tit-for-tat clash, both teams boasting youngsters, speed and skills played an open running game.
Team 4 kept their nose in front on the score board and managed to sneak in a final touch down to win 4-3.
Last year’s finalists Nukz Power and FBI kicked started the women’s round one competition.
Defending champions Nukz Power led by their national reps came out firing to ensure a perfect start to their title defence campaign.
They scored six tries to nil against an FBI team filled with keen youngsters learning the game.
“Despite an early set back with more games under their belt the new FBI youngsters will come into their own,” Cook Islands Touch president Daphne Brown said.
The second women’s game saw an exciting battle between two revamped teams.
Bounty Hunters drawing on their extended family network to bring in some new young players while former national reps and touch stalwarts Pare Tangata and Mrs Napa recruited younger energetic generators for Team Pare.
“The experienced generators of Team Pare through their younger energetic generators scored the first try. However not to be outclassed, national rep Edith Nicholas combining well with her daughter Maeva cleverly pulled off scoring four tries down the middle,” Brown added.
Young Tiare Enoka of Bounty Hunters had the only runaway try finishing on two tries for the day. Both sides were fantastic on defence.
“Bounty Hunters, the four times back to back touch champs, are looking strong to make a comeback this season but you can’t write off the experience of the Team Pare with former national reps just yet as it is only the start of the season.”
Today, the Bluesky Mixed Touch Competition will kick off at Nikao Field with 12 teams playing in two pools of six.
Brown said Pool A hosts the more competitive regular mixed touch teams while Pool B hosts the social teams out to have fun, get some fitness and learn the game.
“All teams are asked to arrive on time for start of games and team managers are to report to the bench official.”
- Rashneel Kumar/Cook Islands Touch
Fixtures: 5pm Field 1 Rehab-MFEM (MX), Field 2 Team ATT-NT Aroa (MX), 5.40pm F1 Bluesky-Top Kopz (MX), F2 007-TB (MX), 6.20pm F1 Southcoast-ICI (MX), F2 Mangaia-Nukz Power (MX)