A beach netball fundraiser was held on Monday. NETBALL COOK ISLANDS / 23060817
The Cook Islands national netball wider squad for the Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands in November was announced yesterday.
includes Mati Toru, Maeva Carr, Nicole Tiaore, Tatiana Fatialofa, Alex Iro,
Ailish Akavi, Alanna Smith, Jamie Iro, Lenae Tiaiti, Simone Nicholas, Romehael
Rauraa, Greta Remuera, Charlie McClean, Eri Te Ana Short, Natalia Short,
Rochelle Teiti, Iva Piakura, Maya Piakura, Mere-Jean Piri, Norma Pepe, Aleida
Tere, Leah Pue, Curly Taripo, Elena Mataora and Rachel Tuaputa.
association also announced Joy Bates as the coach with Rima Moeka’a appointed
as the “local counterpart” and the manager is Tekura Moeka’a.
Moeka’a will be charged with preparing the local players based in Rarotonga,
for the highly anticipated Pacific Games.
Islands won the gold medal at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.
a statement, Netball Cook Islands president Mii Maui said: “We are delighted to
have Rima step up and prepare the local players while head coach Joy
Bates will prepare players from New Zealand and Australia.”
said Moeka’a and Bates had the full support of Netball Cook Islands going
said the selection process for the squad was conducted through trials held in
March and April both in Rarotonga and Auckland this year.
Rarotonga netball season played a crucial role in assessing their abilities,
and importantly also, it provided an opportunity to select new talents from in
the premier grades.”
expressed her satisfaction with the upcoming squad.
a year of rebuilding, and it was promising to see the youth in the reserves and
premier teams playing good and basic netball."
the organisation aims to nurture and develop young talents while focusing on
building a strong foundation for the sport in the Cook Islands.
national team for the 2023 Pacific Games will be named on Friday, July 7.
Cook Islands says that until then, the first meeting of the national squad is
scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 13 at the CISNOC Office at 5 pm, where
the team will discuss expectations and set the tone for their upcoming training
sessions and competitions.
Under-21 development squad will be named next week, and will join the national
team as they prepare for the World Youth Cup in 2024.
Netball Cook Islands secretary Tekura Moekaa said there are still
fundraisers in the pipeline over the course of the next few months to help the
team get to the Solomon Islands.
wrapping up the Rarotonga netball season on Saturday, Netball Cook Islands
organised a beach netball tournament fundraiser on Monday.
said around 14 teams joined with good vibes at the Nikao beach court.
the teams were divided into pools and they had up to six games each – or nine
games if they made it to finals.
place was Rehab Rolly Pollies followed by Team Black Rock and Frog Eyes in
second and third places, respectively.
dressed teams were Rehab Rolly Pollies and Brew Crew.
acknowledged all teams that registered, and those that supported the