Silver lining in wintry New Zealand cloud

Saturday September 14, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
Badminton Cook Islands representatives celebrate their performances at the end of the AIMS Games in Tauranga. 19091352 Badminton Cook Islands representatives celebrate their performances at the end of the AIMS Games in Tauranga. 19091352

Nukutere College claimed a second medal in the last hours of the AIMS Game: this time, it was doubles pair Tereapii Akavi and Tehani Matapo.

 

The two were competing on the last day of the Anchor AIMS Games International Sporting Championships Badminton Doubles Competition in Tauranga.

It began with a nailing biting semi-final against number one seeds Helen Cao and Brittany Jenkins of Tauranga Intermediate, which they had to fight for to win 31-29.

Then, in the final, the pair put up a valiant performance but had to settle for second place against number 3 seeds Coco Zhu and Gianna Lee of Auckland’s exclusive private girls’ school St Cuthbert's, going down 21-14 21-12.

The last day of competition at the Anchor AIMS Games International Sporting Championships Badminton event saw Team Cook Islands take out three divisions in the doubles event.

Loureina Kureta of Apii Nikao and Josephine Kureta of Papaaroa Adventist School beat Emily Ong and Yoyo Zhang of Buckland Beach Intermediate 31-17 in an exciting final in Division 2.

Then Chiann Naslund of Nukutere College and Mieka Miller of New Zealand took out Division 3, beating Tyra-Shae Tangaroa & Kate Prout of Whakatane Intermediate 31-19.

Lastly, Setephano Vakatini of Apii Avarua and Kaiyin Mataio of St Joseph's School, Rarotonga fought through to the finals of Division 4, beating Theo Baker and Blake Spence of Taradale Intermediate 31-15.

The remaining team results were as follows: Emanuela Mataio and Daniel Akavi - Division 1 Round 1; Te Pa O Te Rangi Tupa and Tuaana Mitchell Division 1 Quarter-finals; Te Pa Kelly and Aga Esera Division 2 Semi-finals; Zarrian Heather-Rau and Maeva Kirikava - Division 2 Quarter-finals.

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