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Goals galore at National Champs

Although the sun was nowhere to be seen the tournament kicked off without a hitch as every team was eager to play football.
The first round of the 2011 National Youth Championship brought plenty of goalmouth drama as the net was bulged 35 times across the six games played last Saturday at the CIFA complex in Matavera.
In Pool A, Aitutaki kicked off the high scoring with a five goal to one win over Mangaia in the Under 16 Girls division. Linade Unuka shot Aitutaki’s first goal from outside the penalty goal area to find the Mangaia goal keeper out of reach of the goal sending supporters cheering. Aitutaki proved too strong for Mangaia adding another three goals to their score sheet. Mangaia took advantage of a free kick that was awarded to them however Aitutaki scored another goal before full time.
Following suite was the Aitutaki Under 15 Boys as they went into their match, winning convincingly over Mangaia by twelve goals to nil with Aitutaki’s striker Raui Tare scoring five goals.
In Pool B, Mitiaro who entered the girls division for the first time took on neighboring island Atiu in the Under 16 Girls division with Atiu scoring first. But things began to unravel for Mitiaro in the second when they scored the equalizer minutes before full time. In the Under 15 Boys division, Atiu looked confident to post their first win and they found the back of the net first however Mitiaro managed to level the score before the half time break. Mitiaro Under 15 Boys was delighted to have posted a win through their striker Thomas Potoru both of their goals.
In the last round of games on Saturday, Te Au O Tonga convincingly defeated Puaikura by four goals to one while Mauke thrashed Vaka Takitumu by six goals to nil.
Full results from last Saturday are as follows at the CIFA complex:
Poo A:
Under 16 Girls Aitutaki 5 – Mangaia 1
Under 15 Boys Aitutaki 12 – Mangaia 0
Under 15 Boys Takitumu 0 – Mauke 6
Pool B:
Under 16 Girls Atiu 1 – Mitiaro 1
Under 15 Boys Atiu 1 – Mitiaro 2
Under 15 Boys Te Au O Tonga 4 – Puaikura 1
Draw and referee appointments for today:
Field 1
2.00pm Under 16 Girls Mitiaro vs. Te Au O Tonga Atiu Bye
Referee Junior Arioka Assistant refs: Lai Gukisuva & Ua Aberahama
3.10pm Under 15 Boys Mitiaro vs. Te Au O Tonga
Referee Toru Ori Assistant refs: Travel Nootai & Anabeth Tetauru
4.20pm Under 15 Boys Atiu vs. Puaikura
Referee Robert Savage Assistant refs: Melanie Wilson & Mosman Baker
Field 2
2.00pm Under 16 Girls Mangaia vs. Takitumu Aitutaki Bye
Referee Mata Iroa Assistant refs: Travel Nootai & Robert Savage
3.10pm Under 15 Boys Mangaia vs. Takitumu
Referee Maara Kaukura Assistant refs: Tino Napa & Junior Arioka
4.20pm Under 15 Boys Aitutaki vs. Mauke
Referee John Pareanga Assistant refs: Paavo Mustonen & Michael Murare

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