Special guests for the night were the Cook Islands Black Pearls and the New Zealand netball development squad.
“The night was an opportunity for both teams to get to know each other a bit more, to create networks and to hopefully become best of friends,” says event coordinator Gloria Rarere-Tinirau.
Hurley offered words of encouragement to the young women and reminded them that there is much more to sport than just winning.
He said it was particularly appropriate to stage a netball series between the two countries during the Cook Islands’ 50th anniversary of self-government.
Minister of Sports, Albert Nicholas also addressed guests, displaying his trademark sense of humour and explaining his personal theory about “family” and how in one way or another, we are all related. He joked that it was even possible he could be the “older brother” of one of the six foot-plus New Zealand players
The smoothly-run event was enhanced by a delicious selection of canapés provided by the talented chefs at LBV and the beverages supplied and served by The Bond Store.
And with no shortage of local netball stars among the guests, the event was a huge success.