Handball starts off indoor mixed season

Thursday June 15, 2017 Written by Published in Other Sports
Handball Cook Islands has kicked off its indoor mixed competition after hosting a beach handball last month in Nikao. 17061438 Handball Cook Islands has kicked off its indoor mixed competition after hosting a beach handball last month in Nikao. 17061438

Handball Cook Islands kicked off its mixed indoor competition on Tuesday night at the Bluesky Sports Arena in Nikao.

 

President Makiroa Mitchell-John said they had a good start to the season with tough matches anticipated in the upcoming rounds.

There are still some spaces available if anyone is interested in having a go at indoor handball on Tuesday evenings commencing at 5.30pm till 8.30pm for the next six weeks, she said.

“Don’t be shy to turn up or contact us so we can put you into a team,” Mitchell-John said.

In the opening match on Tuesday, RaroTours defeated Blueforce 15-11 in a tough tussle.

“It was exciting to see more ladies in the teams that normally is purely dominated by our male companions,” Mitchell-John said.

Jacobo Dozzo was the top scorer for Rarotours with Selafi Cook, Paul van Eijk, Temata Arbuttnott and Andre Pareanga managing two points each.

Blueforce’s top scorers were Lucky Nooroa on five while Jessie Totini (Sox) and Strickland managed three points each.

In the other close match, which was decided in the final 30 seconds, Kings had a slender 15-14 win over PJs.

Both teams had a mixture of first timers and regular players. Mitchell-John said female players also dominated both teams.

“It is a must that each team field at least two female players on the court at all times.”

Top scorers for Kings were Phillip Roi on five points and Temaru Goodwin (4) and Henry Koteka (2).

PJs’ top scorers were Paio Ngarua (5), Victor Elikana (4) and Pabu John (2).

The final match of the round saw the battle between Legends and Ikurangi. Ikurangi won the match 12-7.

“Since most were warmed up from the previous games, it was awesome to see a female score four points to contribute to Legends score. Well done Ming with Lucky on two and Henry Koteka equaling Chris on four points each for Ikurangi to take out the match.”

Mitchell-John praised Kings, Blueforce, Rarotours and PJs for turning up to the court with a proper uniform.

The round two games will kick off at 5.30pm on Tuesday next week.

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