Takuvaine open 2 team defeated Arorangi 32-31 in the Rarotonga Netball Club Competition final on Wednesday night. FACEBOOK/21060317
Takuvaine made a clean sweep in the Rarotonga Netball Club Competition open division, winning the open 1 and 2 titles on Wednesday night.
The ladies from the Happy Valley put on strong performances
to claim the open 1 and 2 titles in closely contested finals at the National
Sports Arena in Nikao.
In the open 1 final, Takuvaine defeated Avatiu 31-21 while
in open 2 showdown the side overcame Arorangi 32-31.
Ngatangiia Matavera and Avatiu were the round winners in
open 1 and 2, respectively. Takuvaine stunned them all after an impressive show
from the knockout round through to the final.
The open 2 final started with a hiss and a roar. Arorangi
shot into the lead in the first two minutes while Takuvaine tried to find their
feet on court.
Rolling subs – a rule introduced to this year’s competition
and one that all players enjoy – was used strategically by Takuvaine to cause
havoc on the defensive end and provide some flow.
The match ended 26-all at full time.
In a tit for tat extra time play, experienced players –
Netball Cook Islands’ treasurer Mavis Teaurima and president Mii Maui –
controlled the attack end, while Jane Moamanu turned over ball on rebounds and
Takuvaine managed to score the winning goal in the last 20
seconds of the match. Arorangi managed to cause a turnover and could have
levelled the match but time was not on their side.
Takuvaine made a solid start in the open 1 final, managing a
five-point lead in the first three minutes.
Despite bringing in reinforcements, Avatiu couldn’t cause
turnovers from a well-oiled Takuvaine attack with shooter Antiana Tupa shooting
at 90 per cent on the night.
Tumanava Wilmott provided some cool, calm and collected vibe
for Takuvaine, and Anna Savage, Leah Tumutoa, Robyn Masters and Takuvaine
president Aramoana Mataroa worked together to ensure the ball got through to
There was also some impressive defending from Margaret
Teiti, Shona Kirikava, Annie Tearetoa and Linda Dun who had a combined 10 tips
Prizegiving was held after the games, where Daphne Brown
(Takuvaine) presented the prizes to all teams followed by platters for all to
The rest of the finals will be held tomorrow at the Sports
Arena, starting at 11am.