Top netters awarded

Tuesday May 19, 2015 Written by Published in Netball
Daimzel Rongokea was one of the standout defenders in Saturday’s netball. She is pictured putting pressure on Avatiu shooters during her Arorangi Flames winning match. Daimzel Rongokea was one of the standout defenders in Saturday’s netball. She is pictured putting pressure on Avatiu shooters during her Arorangi Flames winning match.

Local netters have hung up their bibs for the season after thrilling grand finals games at the weekend.

The Titikaveka Pearls premier grade were once again crowned champions of the domestic netball season after putting out the fire brought by the Arorangi Flames squad.

The Pearls premier grade have been unbeaten all season and were not about to let the Flames break their winning streak.

There were moments earlier on the game where Flames supporters felt that this could be their day to claim the champions trophy however the Pearls squad were just too slick and eventually ran away with the win 66-47.

Despite the loss, the Flames premier grade certainly played with plenty of heart and are the pride of the westside club.

The Pearls reserve grade also maintained their unbeaten season record, winning the finals against a determined Takuvaine side who made the Pearls work for the win.

It was a tight goal-for-goal battle but in the end, the Pearls kept their cool and pulled away to win 36-31.

The only other unbeaten team through the season were the energetic 40 plus senior open team from the Arorangi Flames club.

The fiery Flames had a battle and a half against the equally sassy Tupapa side however Arorangi kept their heads to edge out Tupapa and win the division finals 19-17.

The top two individual awards for the season were also presented at Saturday’s grand finals.

Goal shooter of the year went to Flames sharpshooter Elena Mataora who due to Chikungunya was unable to play in the grand finals.

Defender of the year was awarded to the super-fit and dynamic Luciana Matenga of the Pearls who is always a dedicated and standout athlete on the court.

In the champion Arorangi Flames under 17 team, the standout players were defenders Daimzel Rongokea and shooter Lynn Mataora.

CI News apologies for incorrectly spelling the two super start netters name’s in Monday’s netball report.

They are two youngsters to keep an eye on as the Cook Islands plans to prepare an under 21 team for the Under 21 World Cup 

Congratulations to all the winning teams of the 2015 netball season.

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