Black Pearls win second match

Tuesday December 05, 2017 Written by Published in Netball
Goal shooter Alanna Smith eyes the ring against Malaysia in Cook Islands’ opening match of the Nations Cup tournament in Singapore over the weekend. 17120417 Goal shooter Alanna Smith eyes the ring against Malaysia in Cook Islands’ opening match of the Nations Cup tournament in Singapore over the weekend. 17120417

Cook Islands finished on top after day two of the Nations Cup tournament in Singapore on Sunday (CI time).

 

The Black Pearls, who started their campaign with a 69-35 win over Malaysia, defeated Hong Kong 48-33 in their second match.

In its third match late yesterday, the national side was scheduled to take on Ireland, which is also undefeated in two matches so far.

Against Hong Kong, the Black Pearls overcame some sloppy passing to beat their tough opponent in the remaining half of the clash.

Hong Kong failed to take advantage of their early lead after going ahead 12-10 at the first break, before slipping one goal behind at half-time.

Cook Islands played better in the second half, improving on their mistakes to score 27 points to win the match 48-33.

“So proud of our young girls who made their debut for the Black Pearls against Malaysia, Alex, Leah, Anania, Daimzel, Crystal and Nina-Tai who join our experienced seniors Luciana (proud mum of three and most capped Cook Islands player in the team), Marjorie, Alanna, Eri Te Ana, Ashleigh and Anastasia,” a Netball Cook Islands posted on its Facebook page.

Cook Islands will play Singapore and Swaziland in their remaining matches in the preliminary round of competition.

The national side is hoping to get placed in the International Netball Federation’s rankings by competing and finishing well in this tournament.

“It’s an amazing opportunity and we wanted to go last year but (decided) in favour of the Under 21 campaign going to Botswana, which we fully supported, because that’s about growth and development as well,” coach Dale Atkinson earlier told Radio New Zealand.

“Netball Cook Islands just couldn’t afford to have both teams running and fund them because there’s a lack of sponsors - a lack of funding. Because of that, we’ve also lost our ranking so we actually go into this Nations Cup with no ranking.”

Team Cook Islands against Hong Kong – GS: Alanna Matamaru Smith, GA: Leah Cherie Pue, WA: Marjorie Katrina Ngatupuna Toru, C: Alexandra Naomi Iro, WD: Ashleigh Mary Iro (Vice-Captain), GD: Luciana Nicholas (Captain), GK: Eri Te Ana Moetuma Short; Reserves: Anania Pauleen Piri, Anastasia Salanoa, Daimzel Joy-Naara Teremoana Rongokea, Maine Crystal Maro, Nina-Tai Roberts

 

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