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Bowling their way to gold

Saturday July 13, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
Cook Islands lawn balls team with their spoils at the Pacific Games in Samoa. 19071251 Cook Islands lawn balls team with their spoils at the Pacific Games in Samoa. 19071251

LAWN BOWLS continued their impressive medal haul at the Pacific Games yesterday, adding a gold, silver, and bronze medal to their stash.


The ladies pairs kicked the wins off with a one-point win over hosts Samoa in their bronze medal match.

It was a back-and-forth match under hot and humid conditions, but the ladies pulled through in the end, holding on to win 15-14 against the determined Samoans.

The men’s fours had a strong outing in their semi-final, defeating Niue 19-9.

However, the final was a much tougher affair, with the team going up against a strong Norfolk Island side. The Cook Islanders were too classy in the end, defeating the Norfolk Islanders and claiming our second gold medal of the games.

The fours team included Taiki Paniani and Aidan Zittersteijn who claimed Cook Islands’ first medals at the Commonwealth Games last year. The duo managed bronze medal in the men’s pairs in the 2018 event.

In the men’s singles, Adoni Wichman-Rairoa lost a tough match against hosts Samoa in the semi-final, going down 21-18. Wichman-Rairoa also met a tough opponent from Norfolk Island in his bronze medal final, but outclassed his opponent, walking away with a bronze medal.

In total, our lawn bowlers have so far collected four medals at these Games, one of their best results of any Pacific Games.

So far, Team Cook Islands has collected 11 medals – two gold, three silver and six bronze medals.

-Liam Ratana in Apia, Samoa


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