Close battles in opening round two matches

Wednesday 21 April 2021 | Written by Rashneel Kumar | Published in Netball, Sports

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Close battles in opening round two matches
Tupapa’s Mii Piri, right, tussles for possession against Takuvaine in the premier netball match on Saturday. 21042031

Avatiu premier side has maintained their unbeaten run in the Rarotonga Netball Competition.

In game one of round two played on Saturday, the Curly Taripo-led side thumped Ngatangiia Matavera 62-35 at home to extend their winning streak and strengthen their lead in the weekly competition.

In the other premier matches played on Saturday, Titikaveka defeated Arorangi 54-45 in a close tussle. In another close encounter, host Tupapa overcame Takuvaine 47-40.

Netball Cook Islands’ Tekura Moeka’a said round two competition got off to an exciting start with tit for tat matches in open divisions played on Wednesday.

“The open matches usually start off our week of netball as they are played on a Wednesday. A close match in the Open 1 between Tupapa versus Takuvaine was seen. In the last 10 seconds, Takuvaine caused a turnover on Tupapa pass on, scoring to win,” Moeka’a said.

In another even match in Open 2 division, there was a tit for tat battle between Arorangi and Titikaveka with the latter managing a close 29-28 win.

In the age group competition, the Ngatangiia Matavera 15U side caused havoc beating the previously unbeaten Avatiu 15U, 28-25.

Meanwhile Netball Cook Islands will be running a Golf Ambrose Fundraiser on Friday, April 30. Registration fee is $150 per team of six. Contact Rarotonga Golf Club 20621, Mavis 55810 or Kura 79653 for more information.

Results

Nga/Mat-Avatiu – 6U 1-4, 8U 4-9, 10U 12-11, 12U 19-22, 15U 28-25, 17U 42-37, Open 1 24-29, Open 2 21-34, Reserves 28-40, Prems 35-62; Arorangi-Titikaveka – 6U 6-11, 8U 5-2, 10U 14-1, 12U 26-24, 15U 20-34, Open 1 23-25, Open 2 28-29, Reserves 36-40, Prems 45-54; Takuvaine-Tupapa – 6U 1-7, 8U 3-8, 10U 10-4, 12U 2-49, 15U 10-34, Open 1 26-25, Open 2 22-16, Reserves 23-37, Prems 40-47.