The chase for the Rarotonga Round Cup Championship title and a place in the 2017 OFC Champions Preliminary League is shaping up to be a neck-and-neck race among teams in the Van’s premier men’s competition.
With the season now nearing the business end of its run, the scores on the table are showing a highly competitive campaign.
The top four teams – Puaikura, Tupapa Maraerenga, Nikao Sokattak and Takuvaine will now battle for wits and attrition if they want to take the leading reins going into round two.
It is a close affair with a single point defining their positions on the table and any of these teams can take out the 2016 championship title.
Currently, Puaikura sits at the top with 10 points followed by Tupapa Maraerenga who are right on their tail with nine. Meanwhile, Nikao Sokattak has eight points pushing them just above Takuvaine who are sitting on seven.
In the Islander Hotel senior women’s competition, Nikao Sokattak and Tupapa Maraerenga are tied on 12 points each.
This separates their superiority from the rest of the chase with Titikaveka, Takuvaine and Puaikura all sitting on three points.
Another tough contest is also showing through the Hori Signs Under-17 men’s championship, which sees Nikao Sokattak leading the pool while Tupapa and Takuvaine chase closely behind.
In the junior age group divisions, it is Tupapa Maraerenga that is showing domination across the Bank of the South Pacific U14 boys and girls’ competition as well as the Prime Foods U8 and U11 mixed divisions.