After meeting in the opening round of this year’s Rising Stars Netball Tournament, the Panthers were chasing their second win of the competition but were defeated 40-45.
Under the hot afternoon sunshine, both teams had to dig deep and draw on their fitness to get them over the line.
In an evenly-matched contest, the difference once again was which team was able to convert their turnovers.
Avatiu were able to capitalise on the ball their defenders gained, with Curly Taripo once again showing her experience when it mattered.
As in the opening game, Anania Piri for Tupapa was again a pest on defence, disrupting the Avatiu shooting duo, but a number of crucial chances were not converted by Tupapa when it counted.
Both teams will get a week off before their next match, with BYEs this weekend.
Meanwhile, in the 17U competition, Avatiu were also victorious over Tupapa, in another close game, 25-31.
Again it came down to which team had the better fitness levels and could cope with the mental challenge of playing in the hot 27 degree conditions.
For Avatiu, Kaia A was one of the games stand-outs, showing her skills to grab a number of intercepts and deflections.
In the only other match in the 17U grade, Arorangi had an emphatic victory over Tereora B, who are still searching for their first win of the competition.
Leading from start to finish, Arorangi showed plenty of skills to continue their unbeaten run, finishing the match 44-15.
Arorangi Flames vs. Tereora B/Ngatangiia-Matavera – 11U: 26-14, 13U: 22-50, 17U: 44-15; Titikaveka Pearls vs. Apii Avarua – 11U: 26-6; Tupapa Panthers vs. Avatiu Dragonflies – 11U: 13-9, 13U: 10-39, 17U: 25-31, Premier: 40-45.