Champs off to winning start

Monday December 05, 2016 Written by Published in Netball
Action from the opening day of Netball in Paradise 2016 at the Bluesky Sports Arena in Nikao. 16120225/Harvie Allison Action from the opening day of Netball in Paradise 2016 at the Bluesky Sports Arena in Nikao. 16120225/Harvie Allison

DEFENDING champions Whangaruru made a solid start to their title defence campaign in the 2016 Netball in Paradise tournament being played at the Bluesky Sports Arena in Nikao.


The side defeated Rising Stars 21-15 in their opening ladies open match on Thursday before overcoming Ruapehu 20-15 yesterday. Whangaruru was scheduled to play local side Anguna in their third match last night.

Team manager Teresa Hita said they were hoping to maintain their winning run in a bid to retain their title. She said competition was tough with other teams in the grade trying their best to overcome them.

“Both matches were close. We just managed to pull away with the win in the final quarter of the match. It’s very competitive this year,” Hita said.

“Overall we’re enjoying the experience in Rarotonga. The players have come together for this tournament and we are hoping to put on a good show in our remaining matches.”

In the mixed-grade competition, local side Anguna looks a team to reckon with while Westiez Star have emerged favourites after early wins in the social grade. Competitions in the Under-17 and U15 grades are also being held in the Netball in Paradise which will end with the finals on Tuesday next week.         - Rashneel Kumar

Results: Mixed – Hiko 10 Anguna 35, Sparx 28 Hiko 20, Wonkey Monkey 10 Hiko 28; Open Ladies – Ruapehu 25 Anguna Adopts 12, Whangaruru 21 Rising Stars 15; Social – Westiez Star 23 Family First 12, Dats Us 15 Pearls 21, Pearls 15 Westiez Starz 21; U17s – Waiopehu 22 Anguna Adopts 20, Rising Stars 28 Anguna Adopts 6; U15s – AZZ1 Nesians 22 Ka Awatea 3.

Fixtures: Court 1 – 2pm Social Ladies Pearls-Dats Us, 2.37pm Mixed Anguna-Hiko, 3.14pm Mixed Sparx-Wonkey, 3.51pm Under 17s Waiopehu-Rising Stars, 4.28pm Under 15s Anguna-Young Guns, 5.05pm Social Ladies Dats Us-Westiez Stars, 5.42pm Under 17s Pearls-Anguna, 6.19pm Social Ladies Westiez Stars-Pearls, 6.56pm Mixed Hiko-Sparx

Court 2 – 2pm Open Ladies Whangaruru-Ruapehu, 2.37pm Under 15s Ka Awatea-AZZ1 Nesianz, 3.14pm Open Ladies Rising Stars-Whangaruru, 3.51pm Social Ladies Dats Us-Family First, 4.28pm Open Ladies Ruapehu-Rising Stars, 5.05pm Open Ladies Whangaruru-Anguna, 5.42pm Under 15s AZZ1 Nesianz-Anguna, 6.19pm Under 15s Young Guns-Ka Awatea, 6.56pm Mixed Wonkey-Anguna.


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