Photo: Conrad Piri fires out a quick pass during the mixed touch gold medal match against Fiji. 09092962
It’s party hard time in the touch rugby camp as the Cook Islands won the last gold medal of the tournament in yesterday’s mixed competition finals.
After topping first four rounds of the competition on Monday, the local team fronted Niue in the final round of play.
A convincing 12-3 win over Niue sent the Cooks straight to the gold finals match against Fiji who had an easy 24-1 win over Tahiti.
The gold medal match was almost unbearable to watch as the Cooks started off slowly with the Fijians taking a 2 point lead at the start of the match.
But with grit and determination the Cooks got themselves back into a good position with both sides trading tries until the scores were locked at 7-all at the final hooter.
The intensity of the match stepped up as the game changed to the tie breaker drop-off with local touch supporters sitting on the edges of their seats.
But even before the first minute was up in the drop-off match, the Cooks dotted down in the corner calling for a massive defence against Fiji’s charging players.
Fiji were given one last set of six to even the game but the Cook Islands green and gold army stood strong to deny Fiji a try and the gold medal.
For the boys it was double gold, and for the girls the taste of gold had never been sweeter.
Finally the local girls can be called the ‘golden girls’ thanks to the mixed team’s enormous composure in the last minutes of the game.
The medal presentation was a festive affair as the boys showed off their dancing and singing skills while the girls just couldn’t stop pinching themselves with their shiny gold medals hanging around their necks to add to the silver they won in the women’s competition.
Well done to the Cook Islands touch rugby family. - Matariki Wilson: Cook Islands News
Last Modified on 03/10/2009 09:40