Cooks off to a good start

Monday July 08, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
Cook Islands beach volleyball player Raiti Herman in action at the Pacifi c Games in Samoa yesterday. 19070720 Cook Islands beach volleyball player Raiti Herman in action at the Pacifi c Games in Samoa yesterday. 19070720

TEAM Cook Islands' campaign at the sixteenth Pacific Games is off to a strong start, with most teams coming away victorious on day one.

 

The men's lawn bowls duo of Aidan Zittersteijn and Taiki Paniani got things underway with a strong performance against Tokelau, winning their match 20-12. . Unfortunately, they narrowly lost their second match against Niue, going down 16-17. The men's triples lost to Fiji 18-16, the ladies singles lost to Norfolk Islands and Tonga, and the women's fours lost both of their matches against Fiji and Norfolk islands.

In beach volleyball, Raiti Herman and Tama Carr fought a closely contested battle against Palau, eventually going down two sets to one.

The women's five-a-side basketball team were unlucky to lose to reigning champions Fiji. The team showed great determination, coming back from an early 10-point deficit, only to be beaten 69-71.

In the dying seconds of the match, the Cook Islands team made a break down the court and received a foul call, but it was unfortunately deemed to have occurred after the buzzer.

“We knew Fiji was going to be a tough side and hats off to them for coming out and really fighting today,” said team captain Janet Maoate-Breen.

In football, the women's team came out victorious against a tough Tahiti side, winning their opening match two-nil. The score equals the team's largest ever margin of victory. They will take on Vanuatu in their next match, scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.

The men's and women's league nines teams rounded off competition for Team Cook Islands on day one, with both winning their first two matches. They will play at least two more games today, before the medal finals begin later this evening.

The tennis competition was unfortunately postponed due to the heavy rainfall and is scheduled to begin this morning.

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