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The first major competition of 2023 kicks off this Friday when the 2023 Cook Islands League Nines in Paradise kicks off.

Twelve teams across the Men’s, Women’s and Under 18’s categories will descend on the National Stadium in Nikao for the latest version of the annual tournament.

The Men’s tournament will feature six teams across two pools with defending champions, the Tupapa Panthers, heading Group A with the

In the fiercely competed open men’s category, defending champions Tupapa Panthers lead Pool A which also has the Titikaveka Bulldogs and Arorangi Bears 2.

Pool B features club champions, the Avatiu Nikao Eels, as well the Arorangi Bears 1 and Ngatangiia Sea Eagles.

The Panthers defeated the Eels 23 – 19 in last year’s Men’s Nines Final.

In the women’s competition, defending champions, the Titikaveka Bulldogs will face the Arorangi Bears and Tupapa Panthers.

Ngatangiia Sea Eagles, Arorangi Bears and Tupapa Panthers will all feature in the U18 men’s competition.

FIXTURES
Friday

3.30pm U18: Sea Eagles v Bears
3.50pm Women: Panthers v Bears
4.15pm Men: Bears 2 v Bulldogs
4.40pm Men: Bears 1 v Sea Eagles
5.05pm U18: Panthers v Bears
5.30pm Women: Bulldogs v Bears
5.55pm Men: Panthers v Bulldogs
6.20pm Men: Eels v Sea Eagles

Saturday
1.00pm U18: Panthers v Sea Eagles
1.25pm Women: Bulldogs v Panthers
1.50pm Men: Panthers v Bears 2
2.15pm Men: Eels v Bears 1

Finals:
2.40pm U18: 2nd v 3rd
3.05pm Women: 2nd v 3rd
3.30pm Men: 1st PA v 2nd PB
3.55pm Men: 2nd PA v 2nd PB
4.20pm Men: 3rd PA v 3rd PB
4.45pm U18: 1st vs Winner of 2nd v 3rd 5.15pm Women: 1st vs Winner of 2nd v 3rd
5.45pm Men: 3rd Place Play-Off
6.15pm Men: Grand Final