Tupapa’s Mii Piri, right, tussles for possession against Takuvaine in the premier netball match. 21042031
Avatiu’s dream of a clean sweep in the Rarotonga Netball Club Competition was shattered after their Open 2 team lost in the semi-final this week.
caused a major upset in the Rarotonga Netball Club Competition Open 2
semi-final on Wednesday night.
side defeated the previously unbeaten Avatiu 20-19 in a tit-for-tat battle at
the National Sports Arena. Avatiu had qualified for the semi-finals in all the
10 grades from six and under to premier.
Moeka’a of Netball Cook Islands said the match between Takuvaine and Avatiu was
an intense one especially in the dying stages.
scored the winning goal in the last 20 seconds of the match.
was a low scoring game for both teams and lots of unforced errors from both
sides,” Moeka’a said.
player was Tevai Howard Napa at GK (goalkeeper) for Takuvaine, disrupting the
ever accurate Avatiu shooters with up to 10 intercepts and tips.”
the other Open 2 semis, Arorangi defeated Titikaveka 31-23.
the Open 1 semi-finals, Avatiu defeated Ngatangiia Matavera 35-22 while
Takuvaine overcame Tupapa 32-30 in an intense battle.
won in round one and Takuvaine claimed victory in round two, Wednesday’s
semi-final served as the decider for the two teams.
fielded an experience side with the likes of June George and Mina Willie while
Takuvaine had the services of Antiana Tupa who scored most of their points.
had about 300 spectators at (Wednesday’s) games. Thank you to those who came
out to support their clubs,” Moeka’a said.
remaining semi-finals will be held this Saturday at the Arena.