Dragonflies claim netball title

Wednesday May 30, 2018 Written by Published in Netball
Avatiu Dragonflies’ Curly Taripo delivers a pass against Arorangi Flames in the Rarotonga Netball Club competition premier final on Saturday at the Bluesky Sports Arena. Dragonflies won 53-41. Avatiu Dragonflies’ Curly Taripo delivers a pass against Arorangi Flames in the Rarotonga Netball Club competition premier final on Saturday at the Bluesky Sports Arena. Dragonflies won 53-41.

A fast and furious day of netball action on Saturday saw this season’s club knockout champions decided.

 

The Arorangi Flames and Avatiu Dragonflies clashed in the premier grade, with the Dragonflies coming out on top 53-41.

Arorangi came out firing and led into the first quarter break, before Avatiu got back into the game, nabbing the lead going into halftime.

Avatiu goal defence and Black Pearl international Luciana Nicholas had a strong game, picking up plenty of ball, while down the other end, goal shoot Amelia Moteaua had no troubles finishing as the Dragonflies extended their lead at the end of the third quarter.

Flames centre Simone Nicholas was active on both attack and defence, while Daimzel Rongokea showed her international experience playing for the Black Pearls in securing turnovers for her side.

Ultimately it was Avatiu who pulled away in the final quarter to take the win by 12 goals.

Netball Cook Islands president Mii Maui said the support for the day’s netball was outstanding.

“Our spectators, families and friends turned up right at the start of the day’s play right up until the final whistle in the premier game, cheering their teams on. It was fantastic to see.”

Maui also said it was nice to play the day’s games indoors for the first time this season at the BSA Arena.

“Although it can bring different conditions, a different kind of heat to that when you play outdoors, we really appreciated being able to have the finals indoors.”

Maui said she would also like to acknowledge the Titikaveka Pearls premier team, who although they didn’t place in the knockout finals this year, were the previous Champion of Champions for more than 10 years.

No Champion of Champions match will be held this year Maui confirmed, with Arorangi retaining their Round Champions title, and Avatiu Knockout Champions.

However, Maui said NCI will be looking to bring the match back for season 2019.

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