Netball Cook Islands team attending the church service on Sunday. NCI/23101712
The Netball Cook Islands (NCI) team will depart Rarotonga for Singapore tomorrow for the MIRXES Nations Cup.
After weeks of vigorous
training and participating against local teams in netball competitions organised
by NCI, the team will now face international teams such as Papua New Guinea,
Canada, Sri Lanka, and two Singapore teams.
NCI secretary and
national team co-coach/manager Tekura Moekaa said the Cook Islands first
attended the Nations Cup in 2017, where they placed top.
“Given Covid-19 and
financial restrictions, we have not been able to attend the Nations Cup in the
last three years,” Moekaa said. ‘
“The team is looking
forward to the Nations Cup, it will be much-needed game time and to see how we
match up against teams like Sri Lanka and Singapore who have just recently
played in the World Cup, and also get to play Canada for the first time and
meet our Pacific sisters who will be going to Pacific Games as well.”
As part of their
preparation for Singapore tour, the team attended the Nikao Cook Islands
Christian Church service on Sunday, where the sermon focused on the biblical
concept of “God Is Able”.
Netball Cook Islands
said the message resonated with the members of the netball team, drawing a
connection between the spiritual teaching and their ongoing netball team
The association thanked
families who have been a driving force behind the team, and also Rima Moeka’a,
the head coach who will be cheering the girls on. She will resume her head
coach role in January 2024.
The team will return on
Sunday, October 29, and pivot towards their last preparations of three weeks
for the Pacific Games.