Netball in Paradisebig showdown today

Wednesday December 07, 2016 Written by Published in Netball
The netball competition has been fierce. 16120507/Harvie Allison The netball competition has been fierce. 16120507/Harvie Allison

Defending champions Whangaruru took on Ruapehu in the 2016 Netball in Paradise open ladies showdown last night at the Bluesky Sports Arena in Nikao.


The Auckland-based side maintained their unbeaten run in the competition, overcoming the three teams in the grade in the two preliminary rounds of competition last week.

After a winning run in the opening round, the team overcame Ruapehu 27-16, Rising Stars 29-24 and Anguna 18-17 in close tussles in the second round on Saturday.

In the final against Ruapehu which the side defeated twice, Whangaruru headed as the hot favourites to retain their title.

The semifinals in the other grades were still underway yesterday to determine today’s Under-15, U17, social ladies and mixed grade finalists.

Netball Cook Islands president PJ Hockin was pleased with the level of commitment and enthusiasm from the participating teams.

“We saw some intense competition in the past couple of days and some close matches especially in the open grade,” she said.

“The overseas teams are providing a good challenge to the local sides who are stepping up to match the level of competition that they have brought into this tournament.”

The annual Netball in Paradise will end later tonight.

Results (Saturday)

Court 1 – Social Ladies Pearls 23 Dats Us 16, Mixed Anguna 35 Hiko 11, Mixed Sparx 37 Wonkey 9, Under 17s Waiopehu 13 Rising Stars 15, Social Ladies Dats Us 12 Westiez Stars 21, Under 17s Pearls 19 Anguna 12, Social Ladies Westiez Stars 25 Pearls 10, Mixed Hiko 10 Sparx 30

Court 2 – Open Ladies Whangaruru 27 Ruapehu 16, Under 15s Ka Awatea 3 AZZ1 Nesianz 9, Open Ladies Rising Stars 24 Whangaruru 29, Social Ladies Dats Us 32 Family First 24, Open Ladies Ruapehu 25 Rising Stars 18, Open Ladies Whangaruru 18 Anguna 17, Mixed Wonkey 7 Anguna 34


Court 1 – 4.10pm Under 15s Final, 4.47pm Social Ladies Final; Court 2 – 4.10pm Under 17s Final, 4.47pm Mixed Final


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