Young Tupapa goalkeeper (GK) Norma Pepe defended well against the experienced Titikaveka shooters on Saturday. 21053106
Arch-rivals Titikaveka will battle Avatiu in the Rarotonga Netball Club Competition premier final this Saturday.
escaped a major upset in the premier semi-final against Tupapa at the National
Sports Arena in Nikao on Saturday.
which finished the preliminary round on top of the points table led most of the
game but Tupapa crept back to level terms at the start of the final quarter to
set up a thrilling finish in the do-or-die battle.
tactical change in the final quarter, moving Ani Matenga from wing attack to
under the hoop paid off for Titikaveka as the giants squeezed through with a
slender 48-46 win to advance into this Saturday’s showdown.
Alanna Smith said they had expected a tough challenge from Tupapa.
weren’t taking that game lightly and we didn’t take them for granted. They are
a young team and we knew they would put up a strong challenge,” Smith said.
the last quarter Tupapa really got their mojo, nice and flowing and we started
getting a little frustrated because the pressure was on us. The small change in
the attacking calmed the game down for us and we were able to pull together and
will battle Avatiu in the final. Avatiu defeated Arorangi 56-49 in the other
had a good lead in the opening spell before deciding to field their young
players which allowed Arorangi to get back into the game and cushion the
deficit to seven points.
Open 1 and 2 finals will be held tomorrow at the Sports Arena. Takuvaine will
take on Avatiu in Open 1 and Arorangi in Open 2 finals.