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Wednesday 13 December 2023 | Written by Losirene Lacanivalu | Published in Netball, Sports

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Netball in Paradise hailed a success
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”.

“It 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.

Winners

Mixed Division: 1st Place: WAKA / Western Australia Kuki Airani (from Perth), 2nd Place: Blitz / from Wellington, NZ, 3rd Place: Broconuts.

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.

17&Under Division: 1st Place: Titans, 2nd Place: Raro Rebels, 3rd Place: WAKA.

Event Organizers: Destination Management Cook Islands – DMCK of Turama Pacific Travel Group. Mii Maui – NCI President / VP International

Sponsors: Bank of the South Pacific (BSP- major) and associate sponsors-Cook Islands Tourism Corporation and The Islander Hotel.