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Titikaveka netters finish on top

Thursday May 09, 2019 Written by Published in Sports
Titikaveka’s Patricia Taea looks for option against Tupapa in the premier clash at Titikaveka court last week Saturday. 19050856 Titikaveka’s Patricia Taea looks for option against Tupapa in the premier clash at Titikaveka court last week Saturday. 19050856

The undefeated Titikaveka finished the Rarotonga Netball competition on top after the preliminary rounds that ended on Saturday.


The premier side played eight matches and won them all to amass 16 points in the two preliminary rounds.

In their final match, the defending champions overcame Tupapa 53-47.

Avatiu finished second on 12 points. The side lost a match in each round to Titikaveka.

In the second round, Avatiu almost pulled off a major upset but went down fighting 40-43 in a closely-contested clash.

Arorangi finished on third spot with eight points followed by Tupapa on fourth with three points and Takuvaine on fifth with a point.

In the reserves grade, Arorangi finished on top with 16 points followed closely by Avatiu on 15 points.

Titikaveka settled for third place after managing 12 points followed by Tupapa on 11, Takuvaine (8) and Ngatangiia who failed to earn a point.

Takuvaine finished on top in the open 1 grade with 20 points followed by Avatiu on 13, Tupapa (10), Arorangi (8), Titikaveka (5) and Ngatangiia (4).

In open 2, Avatiu managed the pole position on 12 points while Ngatangiia and Takuvaine settled for second and third with six and four points, respectively.

In a meeting this week, it was decided that the knockouts competition will be held at the Arorangi courts on Saturday. The games will start at 11am. The open games were held last night.

Netball Cook Islands general secretary Ngere Puia-Fraser said the knockout competition required a winner, adding there was a procedure for extra time to determine the outcome of the match, if it ended in a draw.

“There shall be a two-minute interval at the end of full time. Extra time shall consist of two halves of seven minutes each, with an interval of one minute at half time,” Puia-Fraser said.

“Teams shall change ends at half time. The centre pass is taken by the team entitled to the next centre pass. During both of these intervals, substitutions and/or team changes may be made.

“In the event of a tie remaining at the end of extra time, a visual signal shall be used to indicate that play shall continue until one team has a two-goal advantage.”

For age group teams, 2 x 5 minute halves of extra time will be played while the senior teams will play 2 x 7 minute halves.

Players are also required to remain in the same team during the knockout competition. The flexibility rule no longer applies, Puia-Fraser added.

“Only players who played in the round can play in the knockout.”

Other rules include “if a player is on the team list for the 17 and under grade (example) and this team losers/knocked out … players who took the court are deemed to have played. Players who did not take the court may continue to play but only in a higher grade.”