Young guns shine in junior netball

Tuesday July 21, 2020 Written by Published in Netball
Members of the Avatiu 8 and under team at Arorangi courts on Saturday. CURLY TARIPO/20072044 Members of the Avatiu 8 and under team at Arorangi courts on Saturday. CURLY TARIPO/20072044

Netball Cook Islands’ junior competition got off to a grand start on Saturday at Arorangi courts.

The round one matches saw some exciting flair and competition between the future stars of the sport.

The junior competition which will run for six weeks features age groups – under-6, U8, U10 and U12.

There were some close matches held on Saturday, in particular between arch-rivals Avatiu and Titikaveka.

Tekura Moekaa, Netball Cook Islands secretary, said some clubs fielded more than one team for a certain age group.

The competition was also inclusive to boys, she added.

Netball president Mii Maui earlier said age group competition would allow for inclusiveness and development.

“We took into consideration feedback following a growth of junior players, and of the need to review our traditional competition format to allow a learning, inclusive and fun environment for this age group,” Maui said.

“We have encouraged clubs to register up to three teams per age group so will be an A,B,C for each team, or more should the demand be there.”
Meanwhile the event is being promoted as Fizz Free Competition.

This has been an ongoing initiative by Netball Cook Islands that encourages a healthy and safe environment for all.

Tekura Moekaa said: “This was also collaborative effort between Netball Cook Islands and Cook Islands Rugby Union during the Rising Stars Competition/s held last year. We hope that we will be able to promote Fizz Free Netball Competitions going forward.”

Results

Takuvaine-Tupapa – 6U 5-12, 8U 11-0, 10Ua 2-6, 12U 10-41, 10Ub Tupapa won by default; Avatiu-Titikaveka – 6U Avatiu won by default, 8U 2-2, 10U 19-1, 12U 18-19; Arorangi-Ngatangiia – 6U 9-7, 8U 9-0, 12Ua 20-22, 10U 28-0, 12Ub 39-9

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