Tupapa defeated second placed Titikaveka 45-43 while Arorangi shocked the previously unbeaten Avatiu 42-39 at the Ngatangiia Matavera Courts in Muri on Saturday. LOSIRENE LACANIVALU/23052820
Rarotonga Netball Club competition premier giants Avatiu and Titikaveka went down to the underdogs Arorangi and Tupapa respectively in the semi-finals at the Ngatangiia Matavera Courts in Muri over the weekend.
A new champion will be crowned when Arorangi and
Tupapa will battle in the final this weekend after their superb performance in
the semis on Saturday.
Tupapa defeated second placed Titikaveka 45-43 while
Arorangi shocked the previously unbeaten Avatiu 42-39.
In a tit for tat Titikaveka versus Tupapa clash, it
wasn’t the former’s day in the shooting circle.
A determined Tupapa played a consistent game, with
young Mere Jean Piri, the standout player for side, playing in GK (goalkeeper)
position against the experienced Cook Islands rep Alanna Smith. Piri combined
with her GD (goal defence) partner Norma Pepe to cause havoc and confuse the
space versus Titikaveka attackers.
Netball Cook Islands secretary Tekura Moeka’a said: “Tupapa
and Titikaveka both had a balance of experienced and up and coming players.
Both Tupapa and Titikaveka had young midcourt units. Titikaveka unit made up of
Grace Matenga, Aleida Tere and Kimi Tangirere stood up to the challenge.”
Tupapa was boosted by the likes of Melody Tommy, Tashi
Kopu and Piri from the winning Tupapa Reserve team in 2022.
Avatiu found it difficult to attack their shooting
circle and feeding into their shooters against Arorangi in the other semis.
Avatiu with the flexibility of players – and perhaps
the only club that had five shooters at their disposal – made changes during
the match that didn’t really settle until the last quarter with Trina Ahau
potting goals from all over the circle.
Curly Taripo proving her experience and leadership in
the attack kept Avatiu in the game.
Arorangi’s experienced shooters Latisha Mataora and
Elena Mataora led the way for the side with their control and shooting accuracy
to keep the lead.
The western side held on to win 42-39.
“The final will be a thriller. In the round
competition, Tupapa beat Arorangi, so Arorangi will be looking to get one back
up. However Tupapa have played a consistent season and just doing the job,”
The finals will take place at Tupapa Courts from 6 and
under to the premier grade.