The stage is set for the finals of the 2018 National Football Championship with teams from Mauke, Takitumu, Avarua and Aitutaki battling it out for supremacy.
All eyes will be on the finale clash between Aitutaki and Avarua in both the men’s and women’s division as they battle it out for supremacy or second best. For Aitutaki, the combination-play from brothers Grover and Lee Harmon with the backing from Taylor Saghabi, Roger Manuel and Geoffrey Strickland has shone during all their matches and will definitely give them the edge over their counterparts, Avarua. They have remained unbeaten during their games and will be attempt for a clean sweep.
Taking the helm of the Avarua men’s side, Tahiri Elikana will trust his side to produce the results that he expects from them. With the likes of Peni Kitiona, Samuel Koiatu and Mark Leito have seen them to be lethal and a head ache for defenders and no doubt they will ensure that the Aitutaki defense is rattled from the get go.
In the women’s division, Aitutaki demonstrating that they are not done yet in this competition, defeating Takitumu in their semi-final match by one goal to nil to face Avarua in today’s final. Aitutaki’s speedsters, Oroaere Kamoa and Kura Tare will cause problems for their opponents as they look to be the inaugural winners of the National Football Championship.
As one of the unbeaten teams in this competition, the Avarua women’s side is leaving nothing to chance as they go head to head against Aitutaki. It is all or nothing at this stage and winning will undeniably be on their minds once the whistle sounds.
Vying for third and fourth in both men’s and women’s divisions, Mauke will take on Takitumu. Both teams were placed in the same group and it was Takitumu who topped the group in both divisions, however Mauke is gearing up for an upset and they represent their island with pride.
Who will be crowned the 2018 National Football Championship? Intrigued? Then head out to the CIFA complex and watch it for yourself.
Admission is $3, Children under 12 years is Free. Come and support your team!!
A big thank you to the event sponsors Air Rarotonga and the Bond Store. This event would not be possible without all their support.
Draw for the Finals of the National Football Championship:
12.00pm Women Mauke vs. Takitumu 3rd/4th Place
1.30pm Men Mauke vs. Takitumu 3rd/4th Place
3.00pm Women Avarua vs. Aitutaki 1st/2nd Place
4.30pm Men Aitutaki vs. Avarua 1st/2nd Place