The Cook Islands national women’s squad will departed for New Caledonia on Wednesday 14 November 2018 to compete in the Oceania Federation Women’s Nations Cup.
The squad consist of 15 Rarotonga-based players. The remainder of the squad is made up of players currently in New Zealand.
Head coach Tuka Tisam, who is assisted by Tahiri Elikana, was given the task of preparing the team for this tournament. The squad began training early this year when the players were put through technical and endurance training.
The Women’s Nations Cup kicks off on November 18 and will conclude in a final on December 8 to decide who will go through to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next year.
The National team will face defending champions New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji in Group B where they will play all of their games in Noumea. The top two teams in each group will then progress to the semifinals.
The team is coached by Tuka Tisam and assisted by Tahiri Elikana, managed by Moeroa Tamangaro and team Physio Jana Whitta.
The Cook Islands national women’s team is:
Marjorie Toru (Avatiu), Paulina Morris-Ponga (Titikaveka), Tahinnah Tatuava (Titikaveka), Moeroa Harmon (Tupapa), Rai Nganu (Puaikura), Tasha Dean (Puaikura), Poko Manuela (Nikao), Maeva Carr (Titikaveka), Elizabeth Harmon (Tupapa), Tupou Patia (Tupapa), Teretia Teinaki (Tupapa), Claudean Robati (Tupapa), Piri Tangata Murare (Avatiu), Lee Maoate-Cox (NZ based), Tekura Urarii (NZ based), Marissa Iroa (Tupapa), Mii Piri-Savage (Tupapa), Tayla Hetherington (NZ based), Thea Keith (NZ based).
Photo Credit: Michelle Paiti