Hetherington embraces leading role

Leadership qualities can be learned and honed, but sometimes you meet people who just embody everything a leader can and should be. Tayla Hetherington is one of those people. The Cook Islands captain has shown how to lead by example throughout the OFC Women’s Nations Cup in Fiji, but it was in Sunday’s quarter-final showdown […]

Oceania to test talent in bid for FWWC spot

Nine teams from across Oceania will put themselves to the ultimate test when the 12th edition of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup gets underway in Suva, Fiji this week. With New Zealand having automatically qualified as co-hosts of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023, the opportunity for a second Oceania nation […]

Unbeaten run sees Tupapa win title

Tupapa Maraerenga have been crowned 2021 Round Cup Champions following an impressive unbeaten run this season. The side won 11 matches, drawing just once, on their path to glory and with 34 points were too far ahead for any opponents to draw them back within reach. Tupapa are now gearing up to make it two […]

Winners all round in Clash of Cultures

Although the Clash of the Cultures between the Cook Islands U-16 national development team and Nga Whanapoikiri Taiohi Kotiro ended in a nil-all draw, the return of international football to the Oceania region alongside the cultural significance of an exchange between the two has ensured all the participants have come away winners. The touring side […]

Cook Islands get regional football rolling

When the Cook Islands U-16 girls take to the field against Papakura City FC at McClennan Park on Monday 19 July, it will be the first time in 497 days since a football was last kicked in an international encounter in the Oceania region. That was in the last match of Group D of the […]

She Shines Festival a hit

The Cook Islands Football Association hosted the inaugural She Shines Festival ‘Together with Women’ at its complex in Matavera last week, linking with other organisations to empower and support women. CIFA established the festival “to help bring women together to build positive relationships and bond with one another through football”. CIFA Women’s Football Development Officer, […]

Beach Soccer blows up in Rarotonga

Since its arrival at the CISNOC Beach Games last month, beach soccer continues to garner a devoted fan-base with the Cook Islands Beach Soccer Championship the most recent addition to the footballing calendar. Cook Islands Football Association (CIFA) competition manager, Pauline Dean, said the goal was to build on the success of last month’s initiation […]

Cook Islands make beach soccer start

Beach soccer made a welcome debut at the third edition of the Cook Island Beach Games with the Ladies in Black taking out the women’s title in a thrilling victory over the Spice Girls. The beach soccer competition was held over three days, with an impressive 22 teams registering across the men’s and women’s categories. […]

Cook Islands Games turns global spotlight on Pacific

Invoking the Olympic values of bringing people together during trying times, this week’s 2020 Cook Islands Games have turned the global spotlight on the Pacific Island nation. The Games have been three months in the making and are organised by Cook Islands Sports and the National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) as a means of bringing the […]