Three’s a charm for Tupapa Maraerenga

Defending champions Tuapapa Maraerenga secured their third consecutive title over the weekend after defeating Titikaveka a week out from the last round of matches in the 2012 Lotto Premiership at Raemaru Park in Rarotonga.

The 2012 Premiership champions Tupapa Maraerenga.

The title means the side has set themselves up to compete in the preliminary qualifying competition for the 2014 OFC Champions League.

Rarotonga’s top-ranked side has their consistent form to thank for winning nine of their 11 matches in the round robin competition this season.

Team manager John Paul Wilson says the title is the result of a lot of hard work over the last three months.

“The players' commitment has resulted in the achievement of their aspiration of not only representing their club but the country as whole in the upcoming OFC tournament,” Wilson says.

The team, who were defeated in the 2013 OFC Champions League preliminary play-off in May of this year by New Caledonia's Mont Dore, will be looking to build on their local success when they return to the Champions League qualifiers.

With the title wrapped up and Nikao Sokattak all but assured of the runners-up position, attention is now turning to the hotly-contested third spot, which is being fought out by Matavera, Arorangi and Takuvaine and will be decided this weekend.

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Updated On Wednesday, November 21, 2012