Rarotonga’s domestic netball season starts tonight – with pride on the line.
Training began at the beginning of last month and after much anticipation, the senior open 1 and 2 grades hit the courts at 4.30pm.
Takuvaine will take on Arorangi at Arorangi netball courts, Tupapa faces Ngatangiia-Matavera at Tupapa, and Avatiu is up against Titikaveka at Avatiu courts.
Then Saturday brings a whole new level of competition to the courts when the Senior A teams go head-to-head in the same order as tonight’s draw.
The clash of the day will be between reigning championships, the Titikaveka Pearls and the Avatiu Dragonflies.
For the last two years, both teams have gone through both rounds, knockout and semi-finals to play in the finals.
Netball Cook Islands held open trials in Rarotonga, for the June 2020 U21 World Youth Cup Qualifier in Fiji, in Rarotonga from February 6-8 this year to be led by head coach and former Black Pearls manager, Joy Bates and Black Pearls assistant coach Sebon Will.
Triallists took part in three intensive days of netball including core competencies and fitness testing.
Although some of the triallists came from overseas, most of the local players who trialled will showcase their talents this domestic season.
Avatiu Netball Club president and Netball Cook Islands committee member Edith Nicholas wanted to remind people that it was important for all spectators at all netball courts to pay the gate admission fee of $2.
This admission fee goes towards supplies and supporting junior netball in Rarotonga.