Touch competition kicks off

Monday February 03, 2020 Written by Published in Touch Rugby
The Bluesky Boxing Day Touch Tournament is hugely popular, with hundreds of players and spectators heading along to the Avatiu fields. KATRINA TANIRAU 20020201 The Bluesky Boxing Day Touch Tournament is hugely popular, with hundreds of players and spectators heading along to the Avatiu fields. KATRINA TANIRAU 20020201

Next to beach volleyball, touch rugby is the most popular summer sport in Rarotonga. 

Organisers of the Vodafone Cook Islands Touch competition are encouraging people to throw on their touch shoes and head down to Nikao fields for a run.

Following on from the highly successful annual Bluesky Boxing Day Touch Tournament, which saw hundreds of players and spectators head to Avatiu fields and the Cook Islands Beach Games, the Vodafone Cook Islands Touch Season competition will kick off with muster games on Wednesday February 5 from 5.15pm. 

Daphne Brown said the touch competition would run for 12 weeks and the game was extremely popular here.  

Due to its popularity, there are usually up to 12 mixed teams and four men’s and four women’s teams that take part in the competition.

“We welcome all teams including women’s, men’s and mixed to the muster games,” she said. 

“This is an opportunity for teams wanting to have some warm up games and play an opposition in a friendly match.”   

The muster is also a chance for anyone interested and wanting to play but not already in a team to head along, have a run and join a team.  

Anyone wishing to join the band of referees is also most welcome, Brown said. 

The Vodafone Touch competition will play over two nights every week: Mondays for open men’s and women’s, and Wednesday nights for mixed teams. 

This touch season will also be a lead up to a major event on the touch calendar, the 2020 Manea Games to be hosted by Atiu in October this year.

For those coaches and players heading to the Manea Games this is an ideal opportunity to sharpen up their skills and fitness.

They will also clock up much needed game time, Brown said.

Registration is still open for teams who would like to register.  

* Teams can contact either Lora Tauira on 79867 or Daphne Brown on 54171 to register and for more details regarding the muster and season competition.

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