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Thursday, sepTember 12, 2013 cook Islands News

new Pacific sports tV show —Page 13 matavera to face nikao sokattak —Page 14 more Pacific mini games coverage —aPoPo



11th Davis Cup for Baudinet LOCaL TeNNIs star Brett Baudinet and his team Paciic Oceania competed in the Davis Cup on Wednesday. Group III Paciic Oceania will be going up against United arab emirates in the asia/Oceania group B round robin. The Davis Cup being held in Dubai at the aviation Club is going to be a challenge for the Paciic Oceania team, but they are preparing themselves to play in the intense heat. “We have been training in the extreme heat here in Dubai,” said 18-time winner Baudinet. “matches in the Davis Cup usually start around midday, but due to the heat matches are to commence at 4:30pm which is closer to 33 degrees.” The obvious heat is not the only thing that will keep the team on their toes. The team was moved down to group III after several years in group II and the challenge is to regain their previous place. “The top two teams out of eight in each group are promoted up and the bottom two are demoted down. so as the top ranked team/country, along with hong Kong, our obvious

goal is to regain our place back up in group II,” says Baudinet. “To do this we must irst be ranked in the top two out of our four-team pool, for which round robin matches are played over the first three days commencing today. We would then move into the round robin playoffs against the other top two countries from the other pool. “If you are in the bottom two of your pool you then go into the relegation playoff pool.” Paciic Oceania represents 16 of the Paciic islands in a single team. This is due to the fact that Pacific nation countries are small in comparison to the rest of the world teams and are therefore allowed to combine their talents to make a single team. The countries represented in the Paciic Oceania team for this Davis Cup tie are from guam, Tahiti, Fiji, and the Cook Islands. according to Baudinet, “Our goal is for two of our boys to focus on the two singles matches and myself and Danny from guam to focus on the doubles, which is our specialty. each draw consists of two singles and

a doubles match, so it is the best of three matches.” Baudinet has a long history representing Cook Islands in

tennis. “This year will be my eleventh year representing the Cook Islands in our Pacific Oceania

Davis Cup team. I am the longest representing member to date. I’m very proud to be representing our country and hope

some day soon our youngsters will step up and take part in doing the same.” - Sahiban Kanwal

Brett Baudinet at the Paciic Games. 09092860

Finals elimination for club rugby The CLUB rugby inals elimi-

nations-the major semi Finalsare coming up this saturday. The semi final games will be staged at the BCI stadium in Nikao. In the event that the games go into extra time, to decide on a winner all clubs must take note of the rules which apply

to all grades except the Under 12s. The rules are two 5 minutes halves (total 10 minutes); two 5 minutes halves (total 10 minutes) but with ‘golden Point’ rule to apply; irst team to score wins the game; team with the ‘most tries’ in this match; team with the ‘most conversions’ in

this match; or a coin toss. The games kick off at 11am on ield A and ield B with the Under 12s matches - CIRU

Saturday 14 at the BCI Stadium: 11am–on field a, Under 12 Ngatangiia-matavera Dragons vs arorangi Cowboys, Refs-Club Oficials, on ield B,

Under 12 avatiu-Nikao eels/ Takuvaine reds vs Tupapa Panthers, Refs-Club Oficials. 11.50am–Under 14 avatiu/ Nikao eels vs Ngatangiiamatavera Dragons, ref-simon Drewery assisted by Club Oficial. 12.45 pm– Under 16avatiu/ Nikao eels vs Tupapa Panthers,

ref- Johnny hosking assisted by Fenua Puna/Poto Ngaroi. 1.45 pm– Under 19avatiu/ Nikao eels vs Takuvaine reds, ref-Tua Ngaputa assisted by Tutai Taurarii/Tau William. 2.55 pm– senior B avatiu/ Nikao eels vs arorangi Cowboys, ref-Junior mata Takairangi assisted by Tutai Tau-

rarii/ metu Une. 4pm–senior a avatiu/Nikao eels vs Takuvaine reds, refarthur emile assisted by Junior mata Takairangi/Tua Ngaputa. (sub reserve: robert graham/Fraser Nooroa, Time keeping & assessor: Tom Willis/rob Cotte, Co-ordinator: Ben Koteka).

Glimpses of Epati at tribute game The memOrIaL game for Navy

epati that was played last Friday, showed glimpses of the man himself, streaking down the touchline. Not to be out done, a player (no names mentioned with the exact build as Navy) continuously hit the touring side’s defensive wall at a hundred miles an hour, forcing our Kopper to cite this

player with a speeding notice, as this was the case with Navy also. The touring side shot out of the blocks with their shoelaces tied together and where unsettled throughout the first half, however they managed to weather the storm till the hooter sounded for a well earned half time orange and powerade drink.

There must have been something in the half-time drinks for both sides, as the tempo of the game jumped dramatically thereafter. minister Brown and his lieutenant richard marshalled the fringes to set the resident’s backline alight, again showing flashes of Navy gapping to the try-line.

Big Tee, ‘Nga and the general produced their power play with hard yards and no nonsense defences for the resident’s forwards and prompted the tour team to remember what to expect on tour. The touring side played an ace card and brought their ‘gold short’ 60 year old player closer to the ruck whereby stopping the

The Turtles versus ‘The Resident 18’ memorial game was a great tribute to the late Navy Epati. PHOTO BY MACK 13091111

big runners in their tracks. Cohesion, inally kicked in for the touring side as the forwards found their way to the try-line and they were able to unleash their devastating back-line to great effects. The usual niggles here and there as is expected in contact sport and was a spectacle that brought cheers from the crowd.

Overall, the writer commends all participants for their skills and great spirits in a true tribute to a great mate. Navy epati would not have wanted it any other way, DmD at its best. This Friday will see the masters rally at the Takuvaine Valley grounds with kick-off at 5pm. - slow and steady

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Thursday 12 September  

News, Sports and Opinion from the Cook Islands News for Thursday, September 12, 2013