Netball on rise

Saturday July 14, 2018 Written by Published in Netball
Apii Avarua will be in action in today's opening round of the 2018 Rising Stars tournament. Apii Avarua will be in action in today's opening round of the 2018 Rising Stars tournament.

The first round of the Rising Stars Netball Tournament will begin today, to continue a strong week of netball on the island.

Off the back of the recent Net Go Junior Foundation Programme and a successful Primary Schools tournament last week, Pacific Sporting Partnership country coordinator John Glassie said there is no shortage of talent here in Rarotonga.

“There was some fantastic netball on display last week and it just goes to show that there are still plenty of players not playing club netball that we can potentially get into some regular netball,” said Glassie.

“The competition just highlighted how much talent we have here and if we can continue to access these athletes it would be valuable for the continued development of netball here in the Cook Islands.”

In the lead-up to this year’s tournament, Glassie said he had been contacted by many members of the community, praising the direction netball is going.

“Lots of people have texted and emailed, many that I don’t know personally but they are all positive about where netball is heading. There is plenty of momentum in the sport and it’s great to see.”

Glassie said having a tournament this week would have given the primary-aged players a chance to get important court time ahead of the opening games today.

“It will no doubt help them in their performance today and we will see some great skills on display.”

Today also marks the first time the tournament will have two school teams involved, with Tereora College and Apii Avarua participating.          

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