2007SPG LAWN BOWLS
Women’s Triples WIN GOLD…
The Cook Islands Women’s Triples in Lawn Bowls played their final game today against Niue and, winning Cooks 18 and Niue 11; this sealed the position and the win for Gold. The Cook Island Women’s Triples Team lost only one of their six games, which was against Tokelau 22 – 16.
The Cook Islands, now get ready for the singles and fours, which start on Friday.
Sam Jnr WIN’s BRONZE…
Sam Pera Jnr was the youngest lifter in the 105+kg division of Weightlifting; yesterday, the South Pacific saw Sam’s Younger brother Sirla lift; he also was the youngest lifter in the 77kg division. Sam Jnr just missed out in the Snatch, lifting 145kg; he was able to keep hold and win the Bronze in the Clean & Jerk section with a lift of 182kg, bringing his total to 327kg in the 105+kg division. Itte Detenamo of Nauru lifted 167kg in the Snatch and 212kg in the Clean & Jerk, with a total of 379kg, breaking the old record and setting new records in all three categories.
While speaking to Sam Pera Snr, he stated, “I’m proud of what both my boys have done, and I look forward to the future.” He is a proud dad in a sport in which the whole family is involved.
2007SPG Medal Tally – AFTER DAY THREE
MEDAL TALLY – After Day 3.
Lawn Bowls / WOMEN’S TRIPLES
Weightlifting / SAM PERA JNR, 105kg Division
Women’s Touch Win GOLD
The Cook Islands Women’s Touch Team went through the round-robin games without a loss; heading into the playoffs, they were still unbeaten. Cook Island Women’s Team won the 2007 South Pacific Games Gold Medal for Women’s Touch. Despite a good performance and effort by the girls in blue (Samoan Women’s Touch Team),, Cooks proved they are the best. Congratulations to the Cook Island Women Touch Team, an outstanding achievement
Final score: Cook Island – 4, Samoa – 1.
2007SPF – NETBALL
NORFOLK OUTCLASSED BY COOK ISLANDS
In the second game of day two of the South Pacific Games Netball Tournament, the Cook Islands took on Norfolk Island and emerged as the decisive winner, 83-15. As relative newcomers to international competition, the Norfolk Island team was outclassed for the second day.
The team remains enthusiastic, however, and is treating the tournament as a learning ground where they can improve on all aspects of their game in preparation for future competitions. According to Suzanne Evans, Norfolk Island’s co-captain, the team has been very nervous.
“The first game was terrifying, but we were a bit more relaxed today, although we had seen the Cook Islands play before and knew they would be tough.
Our competitors are all] at their peak fitness as it is close to the World Cup.”
The Cook Islands took a tough stance on defense, rarely allowing the Norfolk Islanders to enter the goal circle, thus preventing any chance to score. Furthermore, the Cook Islands shooting was on target, with a shooting success of 77%.
The goal attack changeover by Norfolk Island at halftime helped them to improve their shooting success compared to the first half. Despite the high margin of the final score, the Cook Islands Coaches felt that their team could have performed better.
“The score was good but there were a lot of things that could have been done better and that we need to improve on. This SPG is a very tough competition. Since the last SPG the level of play by all teams has risen.”
The Cook Islands will face the undefeated Fiji in round three tomorrow, while Norfolk Island will come up against the Solomon Islands.
2007SPG OPENING CEREMONY
Miss South Pacific, Ms Christina Kauvai marches with Team Cook Islands during the Opening Ceremony of the 13th South Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa.
In 1983, they were athletes, and 24 years later, they are still at it again, a little older but still going.
From (L-R) Ned Howord, Rosie Blake, Tiki Matapo, Apii Urlich, Elizabeth Tou & George George
2007SPG OPENING CEREMONY
13th South Pacific Games
In 1983, Team Cook Islands was a hit, and 24 years later, it was still a hit at the Opening Ceremony of the 13th South Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa. Sam Pera Jnr proudly carried his country’s flag with his 200 fellow athletes and officials supporting him all the way.
Samoa Organising Committee put on a fantastic opening ceremony, however athletes and officials stood out side waiting for a whole hour before marching into the Apia Park Stadium. Following the opening ceremony, some athletes had to wait until 1 am in the morning before being picked up from Apia Park and transferred to their accommodation.
Team Cook Islands conducted their draw of the raffles, which they have had for the last 3 months, with the help of the National Federation comprising at the SPG in Samoa, also selling each of the Island Sports Associations assisted and supported the fundraiser as well.
Cook Islander WIN’s Tahiti Open
At just 12 years of age, Elmay Viking is among the best of what the Pacific offers in terms of female golfers. The youngest competitor at the International Open Golf Tournament held on Tahiti is back on her home island of Aitutaki and back at school after taking out the trophy for the Ladies Amateur Open category.
Elmay is still coming to grips with the win and the heavy trophy she has now added to her collection. Elmay says she was surprised that she won the trophy and is happy that she has.
Alongside Elmay was her co-player and member of Team Cook Islands SPG Golf Team, Rotana Howard, and like Elmay, she had gotten used to the number of people who gathered to watch the tournament. Rotana finished in fifth place and said that the experience will undoubtedly help her at the SPG in Samoa.
The SPG Tahiti Ladies Golf Team will be selected from those at this tournament. This is precisely what the Ladies Team Manager Tereapii Urlich was hoping for, to give the pair the exposure to an international golfing tournament, which proved to be worthy, as the two girls prepare for the SPG.
Both girls will now continue with their training, Elmay at the Aitutaki Golf Course and Rotana at the Rarotonga Golf Course. Both will meet up against each other at the Rarotonga Golf Open in a few weeks.
U19 Paddlers win V16
The Cook Islands Junior Paddlers won the Under 19 girls V16 canoeing race at the Tahiti Vaa on Saturday. The team comprises of Ngakau Toa and Te Tupu O Te Manava Canoeing Clubs. Fletcher Melvin of Te Tupu O Te Manava advised Cook Islands News that the girls had been in a coaching clinic before winning the race.
The team will be heading off to Moorea for more coaching clinics before enjoying the carnival and mingling with the other junior paddlers at the tournament.
The team is scheduled back early Tuesday morning.
Titikaveka take FINALS
Titikaveka Netball champions continue to reign supreme in the sport of Netball after defeating Ngatangiia-Matavera 57 – 54 in what was an exciting Premier final last Saturday.
In other final matches, Tupapa walked away with a narrow against Arorangi in the Reserve Grade. Tupapa and Arorangi were neck and neck throughout the game, but time wasn’t on Arorangi’s side when the hooter sounded, as Tupapa had shot the last goal to win the match.
In the Junior grades, Avatiu took out the U19 against Arorangi 19 – 16, and Tupapa beat Titikaveka in the U16 with a score of 15 – 8. Titikaveka also won the U14 against Arorangi 23 – 19, but Arorangi took out the U12 and U10 matches.
Premier Grade Ngatangiia 54 vs Titikaveka 57
Reserve 7Grade Tupapa 28 vs Arorangi 2
Open 2 Grade Ngatangiia 18 vs Arorangi 24
Open 1 Grade Tupapa 30 vs Titikaveka 25
Under 19 Grade Arorangi 16 vs Avatiu 19
Under 16 Grade Titikaveka 8 vs Tupapa 15
Under 14 Grade Titikaveka 23 vs Arorangi 19
Under 12 Grade Arorangi 18 vs Tupapa 7
Under 10 Grade Arorangi 6 vs Tupapa 1
Olympic Day Fun Run
2007 OLYMPIC DAY FUN RUN – Cook Islands
One of the biggest turn-outs ever for an Olympic Day Fun Run in the Cook Islands, including the participants from the sister Islands within the Cook Islands. Saw some 400plus participants on Rarotonga, and with the reports from the Outer Islands to some 300 – 400 participants, one of the most significant numbers recorded.
CISNOC officials were happy with the turn-out, especially with the teams heading off to Samoa later this year for the South Pacific Games; the Chef de Mission Paul Allsworth stated that he was happy with the turn-out, as the codes were showing their support towards the development and movement of the games, and as they prepare for the South Pacific Games in Samoa.
2007 Sports Medicine Course – COOK ISLANDS
Sports Medicine Course – COOK ISLANDS
Experts from within the region attend to conduct the Sports Medicine Course in the Cook Islands: Prof. Eddie McCaig of Fiji, Natanya Potoi, the Oceania Regional Anti Doping Officer, and Justin Mills, the Physiotherapy Expert.
The course will be conducted over four days, with participants from the Outer Islands, National Federations, Nurse Training Schools, the Red Cross, and the communities on Rarotonga. The Cook Islands hosted their last Sports Medicine Course in 2003, before the South Pacific Games in Fiji.
Sports Medicine Course – COOK ISLANDS
Sports Medicine Course Closes…
Over the four days, the experts covered the following fields within sports medicine: anti-doping, Prevention of Injuries, Nutrition, and Strapping. Participants who attended found the course to be satisfactory and have been able to upskill themselves in those particular areas.
Most interesting was the Anti Doping session, where the majority of questions came from those National Federation who will be attending the SPG in Samoa, it also brought an awareness of the particular supplements that are available and could be on the prohibited list. Another interesting session was on the strapping and the injuries caused on the field.
The Course was closed by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, Hon. Sir Terepai Maoate, also the Minister of Health. Speeches were said, and in particular, the Deputy Prime Minister stated that “he is impressed to see the number of participants and the Outer Island representatives at the course.” he also went on to mention his relationship with Prof Eddie McCaig and how impressed he was to find out the McCaig was conducting the course.
Following the closing ceremony of the course, participants’ photo was taken, with alight refreshments which followed. CISNOC would like to thank Prof Eddie McCaig, Natanya Potoi, and Justin Mills for taking up the offer to conduct our Sports Medicine Course for 2007, Meitaki Maata.
2006 SPORTS AWARDS
Again, Cook Islands celebrates another year of great sports achievements with the success of individual athletes, administrators, and teams. The National Sports Awards were held at the Aroa Nui Hall in Arorangi last Thursday, with 200 guests attending the night was a success. Vaka Puaikura who catered, did an outstanding job, meitaki maata.
Kevin Iro was Sportsman of the Year, with Tereapii Tapoki as Sportswomen of the Year; other winners are listed below.
Sportsman of the Year – Kevin Iro / RUGBY LEAGUE
Sportswomen of the Year – Tereapii Tapoki / ATHLETICS
Juniot Sportsman of the Year – Sam Pera Jnr. / WEIGHTLIFTING
Junior Sportswomen of the Year – Dororthy Kiria / AITUTAKI ATHLETICS
Sports Team of the Year – Cook Islands Rugby League / RUGBY LEAGUE
Technical Official of the Year – Kevin Iro / RUGBY LEAGUE
Sports Administrator of the Year – Tereapii Urlich / GOLF
Coach of the Year – Fletcher Melvin / CANOEING
Fair Play Award – Jason Tou / RUGBY LEAGUE & RUGBY UNION
Sports Achievement of the Year – Men’s Triple Team 2006 / LAWN BOWLS
Best Administrated Outer Island Association – Aitutaki Athletics Association / AITUTAKI
Best Outer Island Sports Achievement – Aitutaki Sharks Rugby League Team / AITUTAKI
Women in Sports Award – Donna Smith / CANOEING
IOC Percomality Awards – Maara Kenning / GOLF & CISNOC
Round Rock Relay…
CISNOC do the Relay…
CISNOC decided that they would participate in this year’s annual ‘Round the Rock Relay,’ with the team consisting of the staff and a few others; they completed the ‘Walk’ in good time and in 4th placing; congratulations to the team.
Junior Development Program
Through the Sports Development Unit of CISNOC Junior Development Programs are conducted with the assistance of the National Federations, throughout each term of school particular sports are competed, at the moment athletics will be competed on the 5th October. All schools are training, and athletes are being coached.