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
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!”