With the return of Bluesky Cook Islands as the major sponsor, Cook Islands Touch president Daphne Brown said the tournament would be referred to as the Bluesky Boxing Day Touch Tournament.
Brown said the daylong event was always one to look out for straight after the Christmas kaikai.
She said it had both a mix of touch fanatics and those who just want to come down and give it a jam.
“Already teams are registering early to avoid missing out. Holidaying locals from Australia and New Zealand and family reunion teams locally and from overseas have already registered their teams,” Brown said.
“The advanced registrations have filled up the slots quickly and the tournament is limited to 16 teams.
“Therefore if there are teams still wanting to register, please get in quick as registration is first-paid-first-served basis.”
The registration fee is $120 per team with a nominated referee. There is an additional $40 fee for those teams that do not provide a referee.
Teams must be in uniform and Brown is asking teams to come in their funky cool gear.
Final day to register is December 23, unless all spots have been taken prior. The tournament will kick off at 9.30am at the Avatiu Field and all teams are to assemble at 9am.
Brown said the tournament would start with a shoot-out competition as a quick warm-up.
“Last year’s winners Bullets and runners up the Northern Stormers will again feature in the tournament alongside several other teams who are both local regulars and overseas newcomers to the competition,” she said.
“With both the Touch World Cup and the Pacific Games scheduled for next year, we will see the Cook Islands squad members scattered throughout a range of teams making for a tournament full of excitement.”
Registration is also open in the men’s, women’s and mixed for teams wanting to play in the regular Touch Season Competition which kicks off mid-January,
For more information and to register, contact Daphne Brown on 54171.