A Black Rock player goes high for possession in the beach netball competition held on Saturday at the National Beach Courts in Nikao. Black Rock won the inaugural competition beating Shine on Fiji Netters 10-4 in the final. Picture: LOSIRENE LACANIVALU/23010820
The 2023 Beach Games got off to a superb start with the inaugural beach netball competition over the weekend.
Rock won the first ever beach netball competition held on Saturday at the
National Beach Courts in Nikao.
teams registered for the competition and were split into two pools. Pool A
had Pineaparas, Give us a Bark, The Shady Bunch, Shine on Fiji Netters and
Crax. Pool B comprised Black Rock, Lipstick Squad, 4 the LOL, Brew Crew and
Just on Time.
team played four games, and the top two from both pools progressed to the semi-finals.
Pool A, team Shine on Fiji Netters remained unbeaten with three wins and a draw
to set them up for the semi-final. The team brought the Fiji tenacity and flair.
The Shady Bunch also progressed to the semis.
Pool B, team Black Rock with their sharp three-point shooter Tupa Tupa helped
their team to four straight wins.
fun and rowdy team Lipstick Squad – a team filled with Cook Islands netball
national representatives – managed a close second finish, progressing into the semi-finals
after pipping ahead of team Just on Time.
the closely contested semis, Shine on Fiji Netters pipped Lipstick Squad 6-5
and Black Rock overcame The Shady Bunch 8-7.
the bronze medal playoff, The Shady Bunch defeated Lipstick Squad.
Rock’s shooting combinations proved too good in the final against Shine on Fiji
Netters. The side won gold beating Shine on Fiji Netters 10-4.
Cook Islands’ Tekura Moeka’a said: “It was a great day, overcast with blue
skies peeping through made for the best weather to play some netball.”
Cook Islands is pleased to work in partnership with CISNOC who organised the
event from registration, set up and pack down. Netball Cook Islands then took
care of officiating the event. It’s a great model as it allows for
collaboration and management of resources.
thanks to emcee Teherenui Koteka who kept the programme of day flowing, DJ for
the best tunes, our vendors that sold food during the day, umpires, bench
official for your continued support and those who came down to watch.
Netball over and out for now, we hope that we can hold a few more over the
course of the year. We will see.”
badminton competition will be held on Monday followed by beach touch on Tuesday
and Wednesday. Beach volleyball will be held from Thursday to Saturday.
Monday and Tuesday, January 16 and 17, the beach handball competition will be
held followed by 3x3 basketball from January 17 to 19. Beach football will kick
start on January 19 and run until January 21.
are still open for volleyball, beach football and 3x3 basketball and will close
on Monday, January 9. Contact CISNOC at 24095 for more information.