As the sun set over Rarotonga, the Avarua Senior boys and the Arorangi Senior Girls won the first-place trophy’s in their respective divisions in the Primary school Seniors one-day football tournament.
Each school wore their colours with pride and showed off their skills in every matchup they had, impressing the crowd and building up the intensity of each game. As the games panned out development officers found it hard to pick out young stars as many students showed some promise.
Finals time came with both girls and boys teams playing at the same time. The boy’s division was a tough one between Apii Avarua and Apii Nikao. Both sides topped their pool, so it was bound to be good. The first half, however, saw Nikao’s demise. Nikao was on a promising attack when the Avarua defence plucked the ball from the attacking player and made a quick counter play down the right side of the Field. Nikao tried to defend, but an assisting Avarua attacker calls for the ball, receives it and doesn’t miss. Nikao tried and tried again to make a comeback but their time had run out, and Avarua had won.
The girls final saw Apii Arorangi battle it out with Apii Nikao in an epic final that ended in penalties. Both teams fought hard as the ball travelled down both ends of the pitch. Talented players on both sides broke through the defensive lines but couldn’t pocket the ball in the goal. It was a scoreless game, and so a penalty shootout would be the decider.
Both Goalkeepers save the first attempts at goal however Arorangi scores on the second while Nikao remained scoreless. Arorangi belts on past the keeper for the third while the Nikao player’s shot was blocked by the keeper. Finally, Nikao Scores in the fourth shot as Arorangi blast’s one over the goal. With one goal needed for the Win the last Arorangi player steps up to the challenge and beats the prominent Nikao goalkeeper getting the winning goal in the girl’s division.
Here are the Final Results of the tournament:
1stPlace – Apii Avarua
2ndPlace – Apii Nikao
3rdPlace – Apii Arorangi
1stPlace – Apii Arorangi
2ndPlace – Apii Nikao
3rdPlace – Apii Avarua