Netball Cook Islands enjoy their meal at the game village in Honiara. SUPPLIED / 23120308
Cook Islands netball team finished fifth at the 2023 Pacific Games in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
team defeated Norfolk Islands 59-26 on Thursday in the fifth-place playoff.
manager secretary Tekura Moekaa expressed gratitude for the experience despite
the team’s challenging journey.
said the top four teams have been working together for years, emphasising Cook
Islands’ pride in their placement and the valuable experience gained.
a tough Pacific Games campaign, the Netball Cook Islands team found themselves
out of medal contention after facing formidable opponents in Tonga and PNG.
Despite heavy losses, we were determined to get 5th place.”
shooter Maya Piakura since Singapore has earned the goal shooter bib with a
calm and collective approach.
said that with much more game time and experience she would definitely be a
force to be reckoned with.
our defence unit - and less than 25 caps between the five defenders they
stepped up in every corner of the defence unit - picking up intercepts and tips
and fiercely showing up.
Tiaore played all games despite an injury. Rachel Tuaputa, who started as a centre
as we started the campaigns moved into wing defence (WD) in Singapore
solidifying her place in WD with her ability to continuously shut the
playmakers out and drive out on attack.
experienced players like Curly Taripo, Alanna, Mati and Rochelle Teiri - we had
an experienced attack side who was able to lead the attack side and provide
guidance and leadership. Taripo registered her 50th Cap against Papua New
said they played a formidable Norfolk Islands side in the playoffs. “Participating
in a fierce competition with nine Pacific Nations vying for the top three
spots, the Cook Islands team reflects on their journey, aspiring to reach the
level they attained two decades ago.
then, netball was played by only a few countries, and today, it has become a
global sport with teams continuously improving.
current team is predominantly local-based, with 90 per cent of the players
hailing from the Cook Islands, symbolising a rebuilding phase. The
acknowledgement of the talent pools in New Zealand and Australia emphasises the
interconnectedness of the netball community.”
team has extended their gratitude to local sponsors, particularly Onu and
Netball Cook Islands, as well as players, families, and donors who contributed
significantly to their fundraisers.
worth noting that local sponsors fund most, if not all, of the tournaments
attended by the Cook Islands team, including the financial support for New
Zealand and Australian players in past campaigns.”
addressed the external criticism faced by the team and challenged detractors to
take tangible action by stepping up, offering solutions, providing funding, or
taking on roles when advertised, emphasising the need for concrete support
rather than mere criticism.
a call to action for the community to actively contribute to the growth of
netball in the Cook Islands.”