With all games in the under-17 and U21 staged at one court – the day presented the perfect opportunity for clubs to eye up their competition and make strategies for the final round of the Rising Stars Netball Tournament.
In the U17 division, the talent on display had supporters on the sideline in awe.
The U17 Titikaveka Pearls played a high tempo game from start to finish against the Tupapa Panthers who left their run too late as the Pearls ran away with a 34-25 win.
The Avatiu Dragonflies were just too slick for the Takuvaine Red Angels, posting a comfortable 54-19 win.
Dressed in their wonderful new gear, the Ngatangiia Tradewinds walked on court determined to register their third win of the tournament.
They faced a very ready Arorangi Flames in what was a fiery encounter on court.
Standout for the Tradewinds was the talented Tiarni Noovao who shone in the shooting circle in both the goal shoot and goal keeper positions.
However, the Flames pulled out all the stops to edge out the Tradewinds and register a strong 48-32 win.
In the U21 division, the third placed Avatiu Dragonflies signalled their intention to take out the tournament with a confident 70-30 win over the advancing Takuvaine Red Angels.
Tupapa and Arorangi registered easy wins via default due to the Ngatangiia and Titikaveka clubs not being able to field an U21 team. Instead some former rising stars donned bibs to give the willing Tupapa U21 squad a good run on court. They showed that the love of netball across the board is strong and that more the national body definitely needs to work on providing more tournaments.
This coming Saturday will see Arorangi take on Titikaveka, Tupapa play Takuvaine and Ngatangiia will go head-to-head with Avatiu.
- Mana Media