The Cook Islands netball side defeated Canada 63-37 in their fourth match on Tuesday. Mirxes Competition / 23102517 / 23102518 / 23102519
After successive defeats, the Cook Islands netball team bounced back to beat Canada on day four of the Mirxes Nations Cup in Singapore this week.
The national side displayed an outstanding performance to
beat Canada 63-37 on Tuesday night (Cook Islands time).
victory, the Cook Islands became the leading team to secure the most
significant winning margin of 36 goal.
The team came together with a strong game plan and high
spirits despite losing their previous two matches against Singapore (36-58) and
Sri Lanka (52-63). In their opening match of the tournament, Cook Islands
defeated Singapore A 53-50.
According to Mirxes media, the first quarter against
Canada was closely contested and physical battle, with the Cook Islands edging
However, in the subsequent three quarters, the Cook
Islands dominated and extended their lead.
National team goal shooter Maya Piakura also earned
her first cap in the match against Canada. Aleida Tere and Kimberly Tangirere
also made their international debut versus Canada.
The 17-year-old Piakura said: “We had so much hunger and
so much fire (against Canada). Hats off to my teammates, they pulled through,
and it just shows their character and resilience.”
On their social media page, Netball Cook Islands said: “A
great match between Canada and Cook Islands. Cook Islands finding their groove
and clinical in their decision-making tonight (Tuesday) that got them the win.
International debuts by Maya Piakura, Aleida Tere and Kimberly Tangirere.”
In other matches on Tuesday, Papua New Guinea defeated
Sri Lanka 67-51 while Singapore overcame Singapore A 55-31.
Cook Islands faced Papua New Guinea last night (Thursday)
in their final match.
PNG’s midfielder Yves Angelina Chee earlier said:
“It’s definitely about playing to our strengths. We know that as a playing
group, our strengths are our speed and our agility to get around players.
Seeing as the Cook Islands is quite a tall team, we definitely need to use that
to our advantage to get the win for us.”
The Mirxes Nations Cup follows a round-robin format that
includes top-ranked teams, namely Cook Islands (ranked 19th), Sri Lanka (ranked
20th), Papua New Guinea (ranked 36th), Canada (unranked), and Singapore’s very
own opens (ranked 26th) and A teams.
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