The Bubz of New Zealand won the open ladies and mixed titles at the BSP Netball in Paradise tournament this week. 18120531
New Zealand-based The Bubz claimed the major titles in the BSP Netball in Paradise tournament which ended on Tuesday at the Raemaru courts in Arorangi.
The team from Northland won the open mixed and open ladies titles in closely-contested finals.
In the open mixed final, The Bubz defeated Western Australia Kuki Airani 25-23 while in the open ladies, the side overcame a star-studded Kuki Starz of Rarotonga 25-19.
In the social ladies category, New Zealand’s Whangaruru took the top prize after beating All In, also of New Zealand, 38-12 in the final.
Raro Academy I team won the 17 years and under title, overcoming Queensland Academy team from Brisbane, Australia, 18-11.
In the 13 years and under final, Avatiu defeated Tupapa 32-12.
The major purpose of the Netball in Paradise tournament was to raise funds to cover annual netball events for all competitions, get resources such as balls, equipment, whistles, rule books, etc., and run workshops for technical officials and umpires.
Money raised from the tournament also helps Netball Cook Islands to run junior development programmes and help the national teams at the international events.
In performance pathway, the event provide local teams with some international exposure through visiting teams and quality competition.
13 Years & Under – Avatiu, Tupapa, Black Magic (New Zealand); 17 Years & Under – Raro Academy 1, Qld Academy, Tupapa; Social Ladies – Whangaruru (New Zealand), All In (New Zealand), Saxons (New Zealand); Open Ladies – The Bubz (New Zealand), Kuki Starz, WA Kuki Airani (Australia); Open Mixed – The Bubz, WA Kuki Airani, Saxons.