The Northland, New Zealand-based side defeated Ruapehu 21-13 in an exciting final at the Bluesky Sports Arena in Nikao last night. The side, which won the ladies’ open title last year, came prepared for the tournament, winning all its matches in the two rounds of preliminary competition last week.
In the final, the side took on second-placed Ruapehu and despite a strong challenge from the latter, Whangaruru held their ground well to come away with a well-deserved win. Netball Cook Islands president PJ Hockin said Ruapehu, which left the country yesterday, were presented their runner-up trophy after the match.Whangaruru and other winners received their spoils at the prizegiving function at The Islander Hotel.Hockin said they encouraged Ruapehu to return to next year’s tournament and challenged them to win the title in the open grade.
In the open ladies’ third place playoff, local side Anguna escaped with a 21-20 win against Rising Stars. Anguna managed the winning score in the final four seconds of the match.
The under-15, U17, social and mixed grades finals were held last night followed by the prize giving ceremony.
- Rashneel Kumar
U15s Default to Azz1Nessians, U17s Rising Stars 33 Anguna 12, U15s Ka Awatea 17 Anguna 5, U17s Waiopehu 16 Pearls 14, Open Ladies Anguna 21 Rising Stars 20, Mixed Wonkey Monkeys 15 Hiko 25, Social Ladies Family First 17 Pearls 18, Mixed Anguna 20 Sparx 23, U17s Pearls 19 Anguna 17, Open Ladies Whangaruru 21 Ruapehu 13