Trials underway in Cook Islands

The team will travel to New Zealand to participate in the OFC Women’s Nations Cup that will take place at Auckland’s North Harbour Stadium from the 29th September to the 8th October this year.
Seventeen Rarotonga based players are currently training three times a week with training at this stage focusing on fitness and technique. As well as the local based players, seven overseas based players and three Aitutaki based players are also available for selection.
Jimmy Katoa Women’s National Coach recently traveled to New Zealand to assess the form and fitness of Auckland based players.
“It’s not easy to have that discipline when you are on your own, away from the coach, but our girls in Aitutaki and Auckland are giving their best in the training program they are provided with,” says Katoa the National Women’s Coach.
The OFC Women’s Nations Cup is the qualifying tournament for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011.
Cook Islands and favourites New Zealand will be joined by teams from fellow Oceania member associations Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tahiti, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.
A final squad of eighteen players will be selected in the first week of September to participate in this tournament.