The Avatiu versus Titikaveka clash will feature some young and upcoming players. 21031309
Undefeated Avatiu and Titikaveka will battle in the feature premier match of round three in the Rarotonga Netball Club Competition, today.
The two teams have won their matches in the opening two rounds and today’s match will determine who takes the lead in the weekly competition.
Host Avatiu is wary of the challenge from
Titikaveka but club official Edith Nicholas said they are ready for the battle.
“We have had good performances against
Ngatangiia and Tupapa. We are happy with our games so far but against
Titikaveka this week, it will be a different ball game altogether,” Nicholas
“We always like playing against a top side
like Titikaveka because it brings the best out of our players especially given
development is our major focus.
“We are filling up to 10 teams, we have well
exceeded our qualified numbers to take the court and even have 17 players who
are registered in six and under grade. This reflects our club’s goal of
developing netball from the grassroots level and we appreciate the parents who
are supporting us in this cause.”
The Avatiu premier side will be led by
Marjorie Toru upfront while Nana Manuela will guide their defence.
Titikaveka will be led by the likes of Alanna
Smith, Annie Matenga, Eri Short and Maeva Carr.
Smith is anticipating a physical challenge
from arch-rivals Avatiu.
“I think definitely with two games under our
belt we have gained some confidence and we are looking forward to this match,”
“It’s also good to see there is an even
balance in the competition.”
In the other matches, Tupapa will host
Arorangi while Ngatangiia-Matavera will host Takuvaine.
The matches will start with age group
competition at 11am. The premier match will kick off at 3pm.