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Community Backs Team Cook Islands

A large crowd of supporters filled out the CIFA Complex grandstand minutes into the Cook Islands’ game, leaving late comers the only option of cheering from the side lines of the pitch.
According to OFC Competitions and Events manager Michael Song the number of support received yesterday was a record high for any women’s regional tournament he has ever seen.
“In Tonga we only received fifty people in the watching audience which is about the same we get back in New Zealand.
“So it’s quite impressive.
“For us, we are working so hard to make this tournament happen and so it’s rewarding to see that it’s paying off.”
Gatekeeper Jimmy Marsters estimated over five hundred people came through to support their home team.
“We collected just over a thousand dollars at the gate.
“It was good to see everyone come down to support our girls.”
National coach Tuka Tisam was also impressed with the overwhelming support they received.
“It was the first time I’ve seen a crowd that big come to support.
“They were vocal and it gave the girls a well needed boost.”
He hopes the support will continue to thrive for their remaining games in the tournament.
“It would mean a lot for us if we can get more support.
“We will never know when our country will host another event like this.”
Team Cook Islands lost to Fiji 3-nil. They will face their next challenge tomorrow taking on Papua New Guinea, at 5:00PM.

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