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Handballers in action in Oz

Friday February 22, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
Cook Islands Women’s Handball player. 19022112 / Photo credit: Jun Tanlayco Cook Islands Women’s Handball player. 19022112 / Photo credit: Jun Tanlayco

The Handball Cook Islands representatives at the 2019 Oceania Championships Handball Federation and Australian Beach Handball Championships in Adelaide, South Australia, are just one of the 40 teams competing in the two-level tournament that has 400 players and officials participating.

The event that started yesterday is running to Sunday, with teams from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, American Samoa, Cook Islands and Kiribati, serves as qualification for the 2019 ANOC World Beach Games as well as determining the club champion within the region.

President of the Cook Islands Handball Federation, Makiroa Mitchell-John said the team is adjusting well and the players are very focused, well rested, hydrated and eating well.

We played our hardest games yesterday (our Thursday) and all our teams did well considering they played four games each, and the players are in good spirits.

Mitchell-John acknowledges families and friends who have embraced the team watching the games, and be supportive to all our players.

The 2019 Beach Handball Cook Islands National Men’s Team are:  Henderson-Enoka Rai-Arii, John Peter Tangimetua, Moekapiti Roimata Faarii, Nicholas Kavika Kaylan, Robati Kopupapa Mario, Nicholson Ryan Geoff, Van Eijk Paul-Luiz, Vavia Keanu Teiva, Henderson Tevini-O-Tekura, Enoka Louis – Coach, Henderson-Enoka Minar – Coach, Aitu Paul – Manager.

The 2019 Beach Handball Cook Islands Women’s Team are: Charlie Here Cherie, Livingstone Shannon Toni-Lee, Akava Rangina, Katoa Maureen Maeva, Pureau Janna Kimiora, Akavi Ailish Anitonia, Albert Jordahna Chevelle, Taime Nanave Makutepheno, Purea Kura, Enoka Louis – coach, John Peter Tangimetua – coach, Henderson-Enoka Minar – manager, Aitu Paul – Manager.

Results so far are as follows: Oceania Men’s Beach Handball - Australia won over American Samoa 2-0, New Zealand won over Cook Islands 2-0; Oceania Women’s Beach Handball - Australia won over New Zealand 2-0, American Samoa won over Cook Islands 2-0; Oceania Men’s Beach Handball - Australia won over Cook Islands 2-0, New Zealand won over American Samoa 2-0; Oceania Women’s Beach Handball - Australia won over Cook Islands 2-0, American Samoa won over New Zealand 2-0.

The draw for the games played yesterday (Friday 22nd February on Adelaide time): 8am - NZ vs Kiribati (Women’s), 9am - NZ vs Kiribati (Men’s), 12pm - Australia vs Kiribati (Women’s), 12pm - Cook Islands vs Kiribati (Men’s), 4pm - Australia vs American Samoa, 4pm - Kiribati vs Cook Islands, 5pm - Australia vs NZ (Men’s), 5pm - Kiribati vs American Samoa (Men’s).

In each gender, the winner of the Oceania title will qualify for the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games in San Diego, California from October 10 to 15, 2019, as well as the 2020 IHF World Championship in Italy.

Australia won both the men’s and women’s Oceania titles in 2018.

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