Mixed Division winners WAKA. NICHOLAS MAUI/23121216
The 2023 BSP Netball in Paradise competition ended on a high note, with Netball Cook Islands declaring the games highly competitive.
Ngere Puia-Fraser, the 2023 Netball in Paradise
competition manager, reflected on the games that hosted over 200 players and
supporters from December 2 to 7 at the National Sports Arena in Nikao.
Puia-Fraser noted the fierce competition, especially
in the Mixed Division, where teams were required to have at least one male
player and no more than three on the court at any time.
She also praised the exceptional ball skills and
speed displayed by the premier grade players in the Open Ladies Division.
The 17 and under first place winners Titans. NICHOLAS MAUI / 23121217
In the 17 and under division, local teams gained
valuable experience by playing against overseas teams, which Puia-Fraser said
was “a first for most”.
was awesome working alongside our overseas umpires who were very flexible and
accommodating with officiating games. Umpires were assured that they did not
umpire back-to-back games to allow for plenty of rest.”
The tournament culminated with an awards ceremony
that took place on Friday, December 8, at The Islander Hotel.
The Netball in Paradise Tournament is Netball Cook
Islands’ major fundraiser, with proceeds supporting the development of netball
in the country.
Social Ladies winners Just Kruizin Wahine. NICHOLAS MAUI /23121218
This year, the competition featured 23 international
teams and two local teams.
It has been confirmed that next year’s tournament will be held from Friday, December 1 to December 6.
Mixed Division: 1st Place: WAKA / Western Australia
Kuki Airani (from Perth), 2nd Place: Blitz / from Wellington, NZ, 3rd Place:
Open Ladies Division: 1st Place: Just Kruizin
Matatahi, 2nd Place: Mangere Hawks, 3rd Place: Phoenix Netball Club.
Social Ladies Division: 1st Place: Just Kruizin
Wahine, 2nd Place: Whangaruru, 3rd Place: Te Kapa.