Junior Ngatangiia Matavera “Eastern Stars” netball players take to the courts at the official opening. 21020907.
Titikaveka is hoping to bounce back stronger when the Rarotonga Netball Competition resumes after a week break.
Titikaveka is placed second behind the unbeaten Avatiu
in the competition points table with three wins from four games.
The side lost to Avatiu in an intense round three
match by a point but bounced back strongly to beat Takuvaine 61-26 last week.
Team senior member Alanna Smith said: “The
Takuvaine game was good and we also had a bit of luxury of having the ability
to play at TSA. We needed to make a good comeback after that loss to Avatiu and
we managed that.”
“The morale is high from our supporters as well,
they managed to get their supporting uniform last week and everyone was in blue
supporting the team. The overall morale is high and that boosted our
performance last week.”
When the competition resumes next week, Titikaveka
will be without two key players – goalkeeper Poomai Matapo, who is out injured,
and goal defence Eri Short.
“Poomai suffered Achilles injuries in the early
rounds and she may be out for the whole season and Eri is heading back to New
Zealand for work. Lucky, we have two reserves players who have taken their spot
… we are working on reshaping the defence area.”
Competition coordinator Tekura Moeka’a said the
Easter break would give teams an opportunity to rest and recover before the
final match of round one.
“Netball is buzzing! It’s been a long time since
courts have been filled with players and mostly supporters.”