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Just under 100 days to go before the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games πŸ₯°πŸ₯°
This week our Commonwealth Games Bowls Squad was assembled in Rarotonga.

It was the first time the team was joined by NZ based bronze medalist Aidan Zittersteijn as well as our Commonwealth Games Bowls coach Howard Sandler.

Over the week the team were put through some rigorous training that included testing and assessments, along with some skills and drills before playing in 2 matches against a locally selected team later in the week.

Our team look forward to liaising with Howard over zoom to help keep up the momentum and build on the training that was had this last week.

Bring on Birmingham 2022 ❀❀ πŸ‡¨πŸ‡° πŸ‡¨πŸ‡°
As part of the training camp that our Commonwealth games team are in this week we will have an exhibition match vs a locally selected team this evening.

Games start at 5pm.

If you want to see the squad in action head on down to the bowling club tonight .....

Perry the mascot is looking forward to the match too!!!!!!
Congratulations again and thank you CITV😍😍😍
The finals of the 2022 National Bowls Championships were completed this evening with some stellar bowls played across both the men and ladies games.

In the ladies grand final, Rakahanga proved too strong with skip Tai Jim and daughters Tiare and Emily taking the title.
Having accounted for Rarotonga Bowling Club in the semi final before ousting the Mauke team of Tamaiti Moetaua, Tereapii Urlich and Zhera Moetaua in the ladies final.

In the mens event it was last years winner Mangaia, skipped by Jason Lindsay with Pita To'oto and lead Royden Aperau who took the title again, after winning a nail biting semi final against the Manihiki team skipped by Alex Kairua with Tatuava Tou and lead Simon Pita.

Attention now turns to the build up of our Commonwealth Games team before they head off in July, with our next National event, the National Pairs scheduled to take place in September.

Many thanks to all the supporters, players and umpires for the help over the last two weeks.
Lastly to the Rarotonga Bowling Club for again providing the great facilities for us to host our event.

Full Results
Ladies Event
1st - Rakahanga Bowling Club
Tai Jim (S), Tiare Jim (2), Emily Jim (L)

2nd - Mauke Bowling Club
Tamaiti Moetaua (S), Tereapii Urlich (2), Zhera Moetaua (L)

3rd - Pukapuka Bowling Club
Porea Elisa (S), April Melota (2), Rangi Ioteva(L)

Men Event
1st - Mangaia Bowling Club
Jason Lindsay (S), Pita To'oto (2), Royden Aperau (L)

2nd - Mauke Bowling Club
Phil Urlich (S), Tukai Engu (2), Timi Moetaua(L)

3rd - Rakahanga Bowling Club
Phillip Jim Snr (S), Rino Mareko (2), Phillip Jim Jr (L)
2022 National Triples Championships...

After some cracking games this evening, the semi finalists in the 2022 National Triples Championships have been found.

Congratulations to all winners and good luck for the semi finals and finals tomorrow evening.

Semi finals for both men and ladies will be played at 5pm followed by the finals at 7.30pm.

Mens Semi Finalists

Semi Final 1
Rakahanga Bowling Club
Phillip Jim Snr, Rino Mareko, Phillip Jim Jr
Mauke Bowling Club
Phil Urlich, Tukai Engu, Timi Moetaua

Semi Final 2
Mangaia Bowling Club
Jason Lindsay, Pita To'oto, Royden Aperau
Manihiki Bowling Club
Alex Kairua, Tatuava Tou, Simon Pita

Ladies Semi Finalists

Semi Final 1
Rarotonga Bowling Club
Matapa Puia, Monique Yates, Valerie Veiao
Rakahanga Bowling Club
Tai Jim, Tiare Jim, Emily Jim

Semi Final 2
Pukapuka Bowling Club
Porea Elisa, April Melota , Rangi Ioteva
Mauke Bowling Club
Tamaiti Moetaua, Tereapii Urlich, Zhera Moetaua
Quarter finals being played this evening..

Remember to social distance if coming to be a spectator.

With the increase to gathering limits we are allowed upto 100 people at the club now.

See you this evening...

With the ladies having finished their last round of section play last night and the men completing their last round of Tuesday we now have our quarter finalists for this year's National Triples Championships.

All quarter final matches will be played this evening from 5pm at the Rarotonga Bowling Club.

There are going to be some great bowls played this evening. The reigning champs from 2021 for the men and ladies still running strong.

With the restrictions for COVID eased slightly last week we are allowed to have spectators so come along and support your team. Just remember to social distance and spread yourself around the green when viewing the games.

Men Quarter Finals

V Unuka (Aitutaki) vs P Jim (Rakahanga)
P Urlich (Mauke) vs T Daniel (Atiu)
A Kairua (Manihiki) vs V Williams (Atiu)
J Lindsay (Mangaia) vs P Daniel (Pukapuka)

Ladies Quarter Finals

M Puia (RBC) vs J Gragg (Pamati)
M Purea (Mitiaro) vs T Jim (Rakahanga)
L Poila (Atiu) vs P Elisa (Pukapuka)
M Rennie (Mangaia) vs T Urlich (Mauke)
What a beautiful day here in Rarotonga!!!!

We look forward to starting the 2022 National Triples Championships this evening.

With the men taking to the green before the ladies event starts tomorrow evening.

Unfortunately due to COVID regulations no spectators are allowed!!!!!!
After a great night of bowls yesterday we have found the 2022 National Masters Mixed Pairs Champions...

Congratulations to Papatua Papatua and Monique Yates of Rarotonga Bowling Club after a convincing win over the Pukapuka pairing of Ripa Tauira and Porea Elisa.

Also congratulations to Linda Tera and Daniel Webb who were victorious in the Plate Division beating Composite pairing Matapa Puia and Tukai Engu in that final.

We now take a very short break before the National Triples Championships begin next Tuesday 29th March 2022.

Full Results Below:

Championship Event
1st Place
Papatua Papatua & Monqiue Yates - RBC

2nd Place
Porea Elisa & Ripa Tauira - Pukapuka

3rd Place
Rick Hickling & Marie Melvin - Palmerston

Plate Event
1st Place
Daniel Webb & Linda Tera - Aitutaki

2nd Place
Tukai Engu & Matapa Puia - Composite

3rd Place
Nooroa Daniel & Tere Daniel - Atiu
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Operating as usual


Finally the start of the Cook Islands Games 2022 for Lawn Bowls.
Join us at 4.30pm for a short welcoming where we are honored to have World Bowls Rep for Oceania Brett O'Riley on the island to see how we are getting on with this fantastic sport.

Trial ends at 5.15pm
Games start at 5.30pm

Because there are so many bowlers they get to start early.
Official opening ceremony is still on for this Friday, hope to see you there!

photo cred: Bank of the Cook Islands


No game tonight for the U26 singles.. the rain has come to bless us all.. See you tomorrow at 5.30pm


We are glad to be able to have 11 players in the Under 26 age range to be able to compete for the U26 National title, with the event starting at 5.30pm tomorrow (Tuesday 20th September).

With a mixture of new bowlers and very experienced bowlers its great to see the youth coming through. Although not as many competitors as last year, we are glad for the participation especially with all the training that's going on with Cook Islands Games 2022 due to start next week.

Its a great stepping stone to help build the playing numbers and competitive level of the bowlers from this age group.

Good luck to everyone who will be competing.

Start time is 5.30pm each evening starting from tomorrow.

Photos from Cook Islands Bowls's post 19/09/2022

What a fantastic afternoon of bowls we had last Saturday being able to complete the National Pairs Championships.

The final of the mens game was 2021 Champions Royden Aperau & Jason Lindsay of Mangaia vs Commonwealth Games Rep Phillip Jim & his son Phillip Jim jnr of Rakahanga.
With Phillip Jim jnr dominating off the front for his dad the game was close before they managed to pull away and take the title for 2022.

In the ladies event, it was an all Rakahanga affair, with mother and daughter duo of Tai & Tiare Jim playing Mukukoa Purea and another family member in Emily Jim. Mother & daughter pairing proving strong again taking out the final against their Rakahangan team mates.

Congratulations to all the winners.

We turn our attention to a quick format of U26 singles beginning tomorrow (Tuesday 20th September) before the big event of the year, the Cook Islands Games, with the event for Lawn Bowls beginning next Tuesday 27th September.
Because of the format of lawn bowls we begin 4 days before the official opening of the Cook Islands Games to ensure we can finish 8 disciplines within the two weeks. So dust of your island colours and get ready for what's going to be an enormous 2 and a half weeks of bowls action coming from the Rarotonga Bowling Club.

Full Results
Men Event
1st - Phillip Jim and Phillip Jim jnr - Rakahanga
2nd - Royden Aperau & Jason Lindsay - Mangaia
3rd - Daniel Webb & Vae Unuka - Aitutaki

Ladies Event
1st - Tai & Tiare Jim - Rakahanga
2nd - Munukoa Purea & Emily Jim - Rakahanga
3rd - Porea Elisa & Mere Williams - Pukapuka

Photos from Cook Islands Bowls's post 17/09/2022

Reminder the Semi Finals and Finals of our National Pairs Championship are being played this afternoon.

Semi Finals at 1pm followed immediately by the Finals.

Good Luck to all the teams competing today!!!!

Men Semi Finals
V Unuka & D Webb - Atituaki vs J Lindsay & R Aperau - Mangaia
E Newbigging & E Poila - Mitiaro vs P Jim Jnr & P Jim - Rakahanga

Ladies Semi Finals
E Jim & M Purea - Rakahanga vs R Vainerere & R Tutai - Mitiaro
T Jim & T Jim - Rakahanga vs P Elisa & M Williams - Pukapuka

Photos from Cook Islands Bowls's post 16/09/2022

National Pair Championship Update
What a spectacular night of bowls we witnessed with the quarter finals being played yesterday.

It was in the ladies quarter final match between Rakahanga Pair, Mukukoa Purea and Emily Jim who overcame a strong fight against 2021 Champions Nooroa Mataio and Ina Marsters of Mangaia. Mangaia having a slight lead before outstanding bowls from the Rakahanga pair pushed them to the front in the last 3 ends of the game. They now head into the semi finals playing a strong ladies pair from Mitiaro, with youngster, Roimata Vainerere & experienced skip Rufina Tutai.

The second semi final sees the strong mother and daughter pairing of Tai & Taire Jim, playing against another strong team from Pukapuka, Porea Elisa and Mere Williams. Mere quite new to the game showing her strength on the draw from lead position to outclass many of her opponents throughout this event.

In the mens event it was relative newcomers from Mitiaro, Epii Poila and former Illawara Eels & Cook Islands League Rep, Eric Newbigging who claimed a convincing win against the experienced Atiu pairing of Ioane Inatou and Tere Daniel to book themselves their first semi final appearance at National level.
Eric showing a great interest in lawn bowls and with that interest comes great skill. Over powering his opposition to help set his team up to get a comfortable win.
They now move on to challenge father and son pairing from Rakahanga, Phillip Jim snr & Phillip Jim jnr in what is set to be a very exciting match.

In the other semi final we have 2021 Mens Champions Royden Aperau & Jason Lindsay of Mangaia, going up against Aitutaki pairing of Vae Unuka and Daniel Webb.
The Mangaian pairing taking a convincing win over another team from Mitiaro, to book themselves a spot in the semi finals for the 3rd year in a row.
The pair from Aitutaki overcoming a strong team from Pukapuka to find themselves also in their first semi final play off of the year.

If anything, the National Pairs has shown the overall strength and growth of all bowlers within our country. It is heart warming to see the passion and dedication shown to our sport from all the athletes who take part in our National events.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Rarotonga Bowling Club for the facilities to be able to host this event and especially the Greenkeepers who work tirelessly to keep the green playable everyday.

The semi finals for men and ladies will be played tomorrow (Saturday 17th) at 1pm followed by the Grand Finals around 3pm.

Head over to the Rarotonga Bowling Club to observe what is going to be an epic afternoon of bowling action.


National Pairs Championship!!!!!

It's a beautiful day here in Rarotonga for the Quarter Final matches in both the Men and Ladies events to be played at 5pm this evening.

An exciting Top 16 round last night for the men saw 2 games go to an extra end play off!!!! Other games either very close or run away matches has seen the creme of the crop rise to the top in the Men's event.

It's going to be a great last few days here with play offs sure to bring more excitement.

Semi Finals will be played Friday 5pm with the Grand Finals set to be played at 3pm on Saturday.

Quarter Finals @ 5pm this evening (Thursday 15th Sept)
Men Quarter Finals

V Unuka (Aitutaki) vs T Williams (Pukapuka)
JP Wilson (Mitiaro) vs R Aperau (Mangaia)
I Pana (Pukapuka) vs P Jim (Rakahanga)
E Poila (Mitiaro) vs I Inatou (Atiu)

Ladies Quarter Finals
N Mataio (Mangaia) vs M Purea (Rakahanga)
T Tou (RBC) vs R Tutai (Mitiaro)
A Kairua (Manihiki) vs P Elisa (Pukapuka)
T Jim (Rakahanga) vs A Kairua (ABC)

Head on over to the bowling club to catch the action and support your team :) :) :)


Cook Islands Bowls National Pairs Update

With the men finishing their last round of section play last night we now have our Top 16 qualifiers.

They will play off this evening at 5pm, with the ladies teams taking a break tonight before returning on Thursday evening where both the men and ladies quarter finals will be played.

Men Top 16 Qualifiers
V Pittman - Arorangi Bowling Club
N Tou - Mitiaro
V Unuka - Aitutaki
B Foster - Rarotonga Bowling Club
P Daniel - Pukapuka
V Tua - Mauke
JP Wilson - Mitiaro
L Paniani - Manihiki
T Williams - Pukapuka
P Jim - Rakahanga
P Mitchell - Aitutaki
I Inatou - Atiu
R Aperau - Mangaia
I Pana - Pukapuka
E Poila - Mitiaro
T Engu - Mauke

A draw will be completed this afternoon at 4.30pm for the Mens Top 16

Photos from Cook Islands Bowls's post 13/09/2022

After an action packed weekend our National Pairs Competition is down to the last sectional play round for the Men and we have found our Top 16 Qualifiers in the Ladies event.

2021 Champions Nooroa Mataio and Ina Marsters have secured a spot in the Top 16 after qualifying 2nd in their section.
Former pairs champion combination of Tai Tou and Madeline Kare have also qualified after coming through their section unbeaten.
It's going to be a great post section phase in the Ladies event with many strong teams coming through to the Top 16, with a range of current and formal National reps, national title holders as well as a good showing of form from some youth combinations.

Ladies Top 16 round will be played Tuesday evening at 5pm, while Sections 1 & 2 of the Men will finish their section play games at 5pm, with Sections 3 & 4 of the men completing their section play games at 7pm.

Top 16 Qualifiers in the Ladies event:
Section 1
P Paniani - Manihiki
N Mataio - Mangaia
G Vaomotou - Penrhyn
Section 2
Alana Kairua - Manihiki
M Purea - Rakahanga
M Tokorangi - Mitiaro
Section 3
T Jim - Rakahanga
I Foster - Mauke
K Rubena - Pukapuka
Section 4
T Tou - Rartonga Bowling Club
S Ngatoko - Mitiaro
T Moetaua - Mauke
Section 5
P Elisa - Pukapuka
Anna Kairua - Arorangi Bowling Club
R Tutai - Mitiaro
16th Qualifier - M Rennie - Mangaia

Come down to Rarotonga Bowling club Tuesday at 5pm to check out some great lawn bowls action.

Photos from Cook Islands Bowls's post 10/09/2022

Day 4 of the National Championship Pairs πŸ†

Men and Ladies playing round 4 this evening.

Head to the Rarotonga Bowling Club to check out the action


It's been a minute.. but here we go again the 2022 National Pairs Championships begin this evening for Men and Ladies.

Play begins for Ladies at 5pm with the Men playing at 7pm.


Reach out if you're available to volunteer πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ πŸ˜‰

If not for us, then do it for the kids!

Photo cred: Bank of the Cook Islands


What more can we say...
Thank you all for representing our country so amazingly..
The whole of Team Cook Islands should all be so proud of what you achieved in Birmingham and how you held yourselves as ambassadors of our great little nation


It was a hard fought match by our girls.

England came away too strong.

However our ladies now move focus to the medal match for Bronze later today.

They will play the losing team between Malaysia and New Zealand at 4.30pm Local UK Time.

Congratulations girls hold your heads high and come back strong this afternoon.

Photos from Cook Islands Bowls's post 05/08/2022

Our Ladies Triples have done an amazing job getting into the semi finals this morning.

Ready to take on England!!!!

Let's get behind our team


Photos from Cook Islands Bowls's post 04/08/2022

With an amazing team effort our girls have made it to the semi finals of the ladies triples.

Poised to meet England 830am UK time.

Congratulations Emily, Tiare and Tai Jim.

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We wait patiently to find out who our ladies will face in tonight's quarter final match....

Huge achievement coming out top of their section which also had teams from Scotland, Wales and Botswana..

Go girls you can do this!!!!!!!


Today begins the next disciplines in the Lawn Bowls event st Leamington Spa.

Ladies Pairs - Nooroa Mataio & Matapa Puoa
Vs Norfolk Island

Ladies Triples - Emily, Tiare & Tai Jim
Vs Wales

Unfortunately our pairs went down to Norfolk but our triples have been able to pull off a great win against Wales.

Mens Singles
Phillip Jim vs Australia

Mens Fours
Royden Aperau, Alex Kairua, Aidan zittersteijn & Jason Lindsay
Vs England

Keep the spirits high.

Let's go Cook Islands πŸ‡¨πŸ‡° 🏝

Photos from Cook Islands Sports's post 02/08/2022

Beautiful representation of our country


Nooroa Mataio stand up and be proud.

Going down 21-14 to Malaysia in what was a greatly fought quarter final match.

Thank you to all the supporters who were there cheering our girl on.

We take a days break before we change disciplines and try again for a chance at a medal.

Thanks for all the continuous love we are getting from home.


Send your love and support Cook Islands.

Our ladies singles player Nooroa Mataio has qualified to the quarter finals and will be facing Malaysia at 6pm Local UK time for a place in the semi finals.

Unfortunately due to rules we are unable to go live on this match but we know all your love and support will be right behind Nooroa.

Go hard Nono, you got this

Photos from Cook Islands Bowls's post 29/07/2022

First day of bowls done. What a stunning venue set for the bowls competition.

Ladies Fours won vs Canada and went down to India

Ladies Singles went down to South Africa and Norfolk Island

Mens Triples went down to Jersey and Australia

Mens Pairs won vs Falkland Islands and had a BYE in the next round.

For full up to date results you can follow on the official results link below.

Looking forward to a great day tomorrow. We have some big games coming up tomorrow.*



That opening was amazing.

Thanks to our friend Kevin Pugh for catching us coming out...

Now time to focus on the games ahead.

First up tomorrow we have
Ladies Singles
Match 1 -Nooroa Mataio vs South Africa
Match 2 - vs Norfolk Island

And Mens Triples
Match 1 - Jason, Aidan and Royden vs Jersey
Match 2 vs Australia

In the afternoon session
Men's Pairs
Match 1 - Phillip and Alex vs Falkland Island
Match 2 - BYE

Ladies Fours
Match 1 - Emily, Mata, Tiare and Tai vs Canada
Match 2 - vs India

To track all results go to


Great to see the support from home. We can't wait to get on the green tomorrow for our first matches.

GETTING PREPARED: The Cook Islands’ international men’s and women’s bowls teams have been training at a village club in Gloucestershire ahead of the Commonwealth Games, which are being held in Birmingham from July 28.

Commonwealth Games: Cook Islands bowlers train in Frampton on Severn 27/07/2022

Commonwealth Games: Cook Islands bowlers train in Frampton on Severn

A follow up article from the BBC interview which aired a few days ago

We miss all our family at Frampton on Severn Bowls Club ❀❀❀❀

Commonwealth Games: Cook Islands bowlers train in Frampton on Severn The Cook Islands' bowls team have been staying in Gloucestershire ahead of the Commonwealth Games.


Huge congratulations to Aidan Zittersteijn and Nooroa Mataio for being selected to be flag bearers for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

We are so proud of you and can't wait to see you lead Team Cook Islands into the Opening Ceremony.

We would like to officially announce the following athletes as the flag bearers for the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games.
Aidan Zittersteijn (Lawn Bowls) & Nooroa Mataio (Lawn Bowls).

We asked them how they felt about being bestowed this honor...

Aidan says "carrying the flag will be a magical experience. This is an honor, a sense of pride and huge motivation. I'm going to take in every moment as it will be an unforgettable experience.

Nooroa says "I feel proud and honored to represent the Cook Islands as a flag bearer, to be able to stand forward for our country, my family and myself."


BBC Interview

It was an amazing time at Frampton on Severn Bowling Club.
We are so thankful to everyone from tue club for our amazing 2 weeks and for loving us like the family we became.

This is the BBC interview which was done while at Frampton last week!!!! :)

Photos from Cook Islands Bowls's post 23/07/2022

We have now made it to our athlete village at Warwick University!!!!!!


Farewell presentation from the members of Frampton on Severn Bowls club and also from our team Cook Islands for the wonderful hospitality and warm moments we've shared since the past two weeks.

Meitaki Maata from Team Cook Islands


Farewell from our host club, Frampton on Severn

Photos from Cook Islands Bowls's post 22/07/2022

Today marks the final day of our training period.

After having received all negative tests from our PCR tests yesterday we are good to go into the athlete village tomorrow.

A couple of days ago we had the privilege of being interviewed by BBC, which we hear will air later this week.

We were also humbled by the visit of our Chef de Mission John Paul and his assistant Raukura, who visited us at training yesterday.

It's nearly time!!!!!!

That last picture is a huge shout out to our amazing driver Kevin. Without him we wouldn't been anywhere at all. He's definitely part of the family now :)

At around 4.30pm or 5pm time here in England we will go live for the short thank you ceremony we will have for our amazing hosts Frampton on Severn Bowls Club. What an honor it has been to be hosted by them for the last 2 weeks.

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