Local talent shines at Netball in Paradise

Thursday December 07, 2017 Written by Published in Netball
Local teams thrived in the 2017 Netball in Paradise tournament, winning two of the six categories. 17120618 Local teams thrived in the 2017 Netball in Paradise tournament, winning two of the six categories. 17120618

The sporting talent of the Cook Islands shone through at the recently finished Netball in Paradise tournament, as local teams finished first place in the under 17 and open mixed categories.

 

They were strong overall, managing to place in four of the six categories. And they absolutely dominated the open mixed, claiming first (Sparx 1), second, (Anguna Adopts) and third (Sparx 2).

Winning the U17 category was the Rising Stars team, which also came third in the U13 section, while the Tupapa Lady Panthers came third in the U15.

New Zealand were the big winners of the five-day international netball extravaganza, receiving placings in five of the six categories.

In the three that they won, both the Social and Open Ladies played only New Zealand teams, with KBJ winning the former and Whangaruru the latter.

Ngapuhi ki Raro, a team of assembled girls from all over the north of NZ, were unbeaten in their run up to the U15 final, on the back of a strong playing style boosted by their animated travelling fans.

They faced off against the Taradale Sparks in the final, and shot out to a 10-2 half-time lead, before grinding out a tough 18-11 win.

Australia rounded out the rest of the placings, claiming first and second in the U13 divisions.

The success of the local teams in this tournament should not be understated.

At the opening of the event, it was pointed out that this year’s contest was bigger than other years, as there were 18 international teams, in comparison to 13 local.

Yet, nearly half of the resident teams managed to place in a tournament featuring 28, a fantastic sign for the future of netball in this country.

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