Pearls outclassed by Fiji

Thursday July 16, 2015 Written by Published in Netball
Cooks goal shooter Ana Salanoa takes a high lob into the circle to pot another goal for the Cooks against Fiji. Cooks goal shooter Ana Salanoa takes a high lob into the circle to pot another goal for the Cooks against Fiji.

Fiji showed why they are the powerhouse of Pacific netball when they defeated the Cook Islands Black Pearls 69-32.

 

The physically stronger Fiji side dominated the game from the very first whistle but the end result doesn’t show the valiant effort by the young Cook Islands squad.

Despite being kept to 7 goals in each of the first three quarters – the Cooks showed touches of brilliance with goal shooter Courtney Capper once again impressing under the goal with her confident long range shooting.

At midcourt, Ashleigh Iro at wing defence and centre Jasmin Forbes worked hard while defenders Luciana Matenga and Tehani Buchanan had their work cut out for them.

Fiji won the first quarter 19-7 before extending their lead to 33-14 after the second quarter and 52-21 after the third.

Cooks head coach Dale Aitkinson stuck with her stating seven for three quarters before making a slight tweak at the midcourt which proved to be a good decision as Jasmi Forbes moving to wing attack and first three Rochelle Teiri at centre saw the Cooks ball move more fluidly to their able shooters.

Despite the heavy defeat – the Cooks squad were still buoyant as they keep positive and focused ahead of their next Pacific Games opponent in hosts PNG.

PNG, with the help of their huge and vocal support team defeated Samoa by ten goals and indicating to the Cooks that they mean business at the PNG Pacific Games. 

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