Excitement building as handball stars return

Thursday June 22, 2017 Written by Published in Other Sports

The weekly handball mixed competition is gaining momentum with the return of past national players, coaches and managers in round two tussle at the Bluesky Sports Arena on Tuesday night.

 

Handball Cook Islands president Makiroa Mitchell-John said all three games played in the round were exciting.

She said it was good to see some structured play in attack on the court.

“It is important to have coaches coach the team and many of them have an opportunity to attend the regional coaches’ course during the competition,” Mitchell-John said.

In the opening match of the night, Kings defeated Legends 17-12.

Henry Koteka played an outstanding game in attack for the undefeated Kings, driving the ball into the corners of the goal, forcing Murry Wilson to attempt some daring saves.

Veteran Pabu John led the Legends, scoring five points but it was not enough to secure a win.

Kings proved too strong and tactically slowed the game down to secure the win.

RaroTours maintained its unbeaten run overcoming a hapless PJs 15-5 in the second match of the round.

The side was high on team spirit, and worked together to thump the PJs which suffered its second loss after going down to Kings last week.

“They worked as a team and pursued a good win. PJs had a new team with potential players who are blending together to understand the dynamics of the game,” Mitchell-John said.

RaroTours’ Temata Arbuthnott and Selafi Tovio were top scorers on six points each.

In the final match of the round, Ikurangi pipped the Blueforce 18-17 in a closely contested tussle. Phillip Roi starred for the Ikurangi after scoring eight points in the slender win.

Mitchell-John is calling on interested players to participate in the competition which starts at 5.30pm on Tuesday nights.

Entry is free.

          

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