Monday, June 7

Pacific Netball Series in Rarotonga

Pacific Netball Series Opening Ceremony

Fiji (50) v Samoa (45)

Cook Islands (59) v PNG (57)

Samoa (57) v PNG (54)

I’m back from chilly New Zealand and it’s a relief to be warm again!
The Cook Islands has just hosted the second Pacific Netball Series with four countries vying for two spots at the World Netball Championships in Singapore in 2011.
According to the world rankings before the tournament the Cooks were in seventh place, Samoa 8, Fiji 9 and Papua New Guinea 12 so we were definitely hoping to secure a spot.
Well, things didn’t go to plan.
We managed a narrow win over PNG (59-57) but were trounced by Fiji (32-46) and well beaten by Samoa (46-56).
It must have been very disappointing for our netballers but the other teams should be delighted with their performances. The PNG girls in particular might feel a bit unfortunate to end up in fourth place because their results against Fiji (42-47) and Samoa (54-57) were better than ours!
Still it was nice to see the new indoor arena being used for international sport again.
Meanwhile it’s back to the drawing board for Cook Islands netball – no longer number one in the Pacific.
Here are short videos from the opening and first three games.
One more netball video to follow and then there will be other from the Queen’s Baton Relay.