Favourites into netball final

Tuesday October 16, 2018 Written by Published in Netball
Titikaveka will again contest the grand-final on Saturday after defeating Arorangi in their semi-final clash on the weekend. 18100102 Titikaveka will again contest the grand-final on Saturday after defeating Arorangi in their semi-final clash on the weekend. 18100102

Favourites Avatiu Dragonflies and Titikaveka Pearls are through to the Rising Stars Netball Championship final after an impressive show in the semifinals over the weekend.


On Saturday at the Arorangi courts, the Dragonflies overcame Tupapa Panthers 50-40 while the Pearls thumped Arorangi Flames 61-46.

Competition director Jackie Rongo said Titikaveka and Avatiu were the top ranked teams respectively coming into the top-four battle.

She said the two teams were stacked with a number of former and current national players who boosted their sides against the determined Panthers and the Flames in the semis.

Rongo said the Pearls and the Dragonflies would face off against each other in an interesting final this weekend in the culmination of 13 weeks of netball.

In the Rising Stars 17 and under grade, the Arorangi Flames and Tereora College A took on each other in a nail-biting contest.

Tereora made a good start, taking a sizeable lead with captain Manamea Koteka controlling the action from the mid-court to shooter Lynn Mataora who was impressive in the shooting circle.

The Flames found their form in the second quarter with centre Tutai Herman working from offence to defence all over the court to help close the gap. 

However, Tereora College maintained the lead until the final minute of the match when the Flames pulled off an impressive comeback.

Goal shooter Anna-Marie Henry sank a crucial basket to bring the game level before clinching the 30-29 win.

In the other 17U semis, Tupapa Panthers defeated Avatiu Dragonflies 30-26 to book their place in the final.

The Panthers defenders Nicole Marurai and Norma Pepe stood tall against the Dragonflies shooters Mele Poaru and Trina Ahau. However at the other side of the court, the Dragonflies defenders Evamoana Patai and Kayva Tauira struggled to contain the Panthers shooter Ruta Pepe.

In the Rising Stars 13U grade, Avatiu Dragonflies did not have to break any sweat to qualify for the final after a default win over Arorangi Flames, who withdrew from the match.

In the other semis, Apii Avarua — the new addition to the championship from the schools teams — took on Ngatangiia Sea Eagles and prevailed 36-19.



Future Stars 11U – Tupapa Panthers 16 Arorangi Flames 20 (Extra time), Titikaveka Pearls 10 Avatiu Dragonflies 17; Rising Stars 13U – Avatiu Dragonflies (WBD) Arorangi Flames, Ngatangiia Sea Eagles 19 Apii Avarua 36; Rising Stars 17U – Arorangi Flames 30 Tereora College A 29, Avatiu Dragonflies 26 Tupapa Panthers 30; Shooting Stars Premier – Titikaveka Pearls 61 Arorangi Flames 46, Avatiu Dragonflies 50 Tupapa Panthers 40.


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