Beach Games enter final stages

Friday 22 January 2021 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Other Sports, Sports


Beach Games enter final stages
Teams compete on day one of beach volleyball yesterday at Nikao courts. KATRINA LINTONBON/21012112

The final event in the Cook Islands Beach Games 2021 started yesterday at Nikao beach courts.

Fourteen teams are competing in the beach volleyball competition which started with the pool play yesterday.

In Pool A, 100% Wale – A side made a brilliant start winning both their matches 35-21 against Sweet Sandsation and 32-24 against Fatigue.

Nukz Power and Sweet Sandsation recorded a win each.

In the closely contested Pool B, Tupapa 1 took a slender lead after day one competition. The side went down to Akapuao Jackpots 23-27 before managing a narrow 25-24 win against 100% Wale – B.

The undefeated Akapuao Jackpots and Palmerston Guys, who have played a game each, are tied on second spot. Palmerston Guys defeated 100% Wale – B 26-24.

100 % Wale – C is leading Pool C after round one competition. The side defeated Laudato SI 39-21.

In Pool D, A1 Meitaki has taken an early lead after overcoming 100% Wale – D 25-20.

Beach volleyball competition continues today and will end tomorrow with the finals.

In the beach handball competition which ended on Wednesday, Brew Crew – Kona’s Off won gold in the open mixed division followed by Labong who settled for silver and The Seen Team claimed bronze medal.

In the masters mixed, Mahai Daniel led Masta Marley won gold, silver went to Palmerston and Masters of Brew Crew claimed bronze medal.

In thanking all the teams, Handball Cook Islands’ Makiroa Mitchell-John said: “Our achievement is not ours it is God’s. All glory goes to the Man above who is central to how we operate for our handball family our prayers and belief in Him is the key to how we persevere. Thank you, Lord.”

“To all the athletes, team managers, parents, families and supporters you are what is our VIP at our events we are about one family. I want to acknowledge our masters mix teams we appreciate you all for all your love and support towards our sport, you brought back fun, friendship and togetherness for us. Age is never a barrier in handball.

“Lastly to our executive members, you are the essence of why we are here. We put up with so much but we know our number one priority is the athlete, their safety and comfort are supreme.”

In the 3x3 basketball played last week, Drifters Red won gold in the men’s division, silver medal went to Drifters Black and Raro Ballers managed bronze.

In the women’s division, Super Subs won gold, The Tea Keys settled for silver and Durant Durant managed bronze medal.

Organiser Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee said: “2021 Beach Games have been amazing so far! This Saturday we will be closing the games so make sure you come along to witness the winners be awarded their prizes as well as cultural performances from the teams. Reminder to all teams who have played so far to get your cultural performances ready because there is also a prize up for grabs!”