The Avatiu 8 and under team. AVATIU NETBALL/ 21052525
An intense knockout round over the weekend has set the platform for another exciting week of the Rarotonga Netball Club Competition this weekend.
Avatiu Netball Club will be eyeing for a clean sweep after
making it through to the semi-finals in all grades.
Today at the National Sports Arena, the side will feature in
the Open 1 and Open 2 semis against Ngatangiia Matavera and Takuvaine
Avatiu will also feature in the 6 and under, 8U, 10U, 12U,
15U, 17U, Reserves and Premier semi-finals this Saturday.
In all the grades except Open 1 and Reserves, Avatiu
directly qualified for the semi-final after finishing in the top two.
Other teams battled it out in a knockout round on Saturday
to book their spots in the semis.
Netball Cook Islands’ Tekura Moeka’a congratulated Avatiu
for the achievement.
She also congratulated teams who featured in the knockout
round which saw an intense battle.
“It also saw the first ‘two’ extra time played out. First in
the Open 1 match on Wednesday between Tupapa and Titikaveka. Louina Trego from
Titikaveka scoring on the buzzer to draw in normal full time. This meant the
teams had to play an extra two halves of seven minutes to determine the winner.
Tupapa eventually winning the game by seven points in extra time,” Moeka’a
“The second extra time match was played on Saturday in the
8U grade between Nga/Mat and Arorangi. The match of the week ended in 4-all.
During extra time, Nga/Mat (placed sixth after the two rounds) caused an upset
and now progressing to the semi-finals.”
In the much-anticipated premier grade, Takuvaine and
Arorangi battled tooth and nail in a close match.
The tit-for-tat match had the supporters on the edge of
“It was so close we could have had another extra time. In
the last two minutes, Arorangi shooting combo Latisha Mataora and Anna-Marie
Heather kept composed under the hoop and Arorangi defenders Stephanie Nooroa,
Rima Browne and Jordayn Matutu caused havoc. Takuvaine fought to the end and
saw some quick plays to try draw even with Arorangi. Unforced errors proved
costly for Takuvaine.”
On behalf of Netball Cook Islands, Moeka’a thanked the
umpires and bench officials for playing “a valuable role in ensuring games are
officiated at a high standard, noting it is all voluntary”.
“The semi-finals will be even more intense. Come and support