Families have a ball in the sunshine

Tuesday October 15, 2019 Written by Published in Cricket
Children doing handstands in the background as their mothers work hard on the crease in round four cricket competition. 19101213 Children doing handstands in the background as their mothers work hard on the crease in round four cricket competition. 19101213

It’s the school holidays, and the weather couldn’t have been better for families to get out and enjoy some fun in the sun. 

 

Perfect weather gave local and tourists an opportunity to enjoy some sport and other outdoor activities over the past few days

And it was not only the adults who took time off to unwind – the little ones were also seen having some fun under the sun at various sporting field around the island.

The weather office says the island has been experiencing “sunny days” because of an anti-cyclone system south of the Cook Islands.

Met Office director Arona Ngari said this system had caused a condition called “blocking high” which leads to prolonged periods of dry weather depending on the season.

“Blocking high” is used to describe a stationary area of high pressure, which can dictate the development and course of the weather.

“Although its good weather during the day, it’s much cooler at nights because there is no clouds to act as blanket during this condition.”

Cricket and rugby Sevens were among some of the sports that were held on Saturday.

In cricket, table-toppers in men’s competition Nikao hosted Tupapa II while Matavera played Nikao II. In other matches, giants Tupapa played Takuvaine at Victoria Park, Muri hosted Turangi at Nukupure Park and Tavana took on Arorangi at Turangi Oval.

In the women’s competition, Tupapa played Takuvaine at Victoria Park in an interesting tussle which saw some good wickets taken by the host, Avana battled Turangi at Nukupure Park and Matavera faced Nikao at Matavera Field.

Meanwhile five local clubs contested in the Steinlager Sevens which is being eyed as a build-up for the Raro International Sevens. They were Cowboys, Yalovata, Panthers, Manatoa and Mangaia.

After the early rounds, Manatoa and Tupapa Panthers are leading with two wins each.

The second round of preliminary competition will be held this Saturday followed by the finals next week.

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