Wednesday, October 17

Netball tri-series - Cook Islands v Scotland

The second game in the netball tri-series proved to be disappointing for the Cook Islands' girls.
They'd had a tough match on the previous night against the super-fit Welsh, and they failed to fire against the Scots.
Everyone put in a solid effort and there were some good individual performances but  unforced arrors and missed passes made the Cookies look slow and the fired-up Scots pulled off some superb intercepts and pounced on loose ball to flick to their  circle where the shooters were in great form.
The final score was 25-55.
However you need to remember that Scotland is hosting the next Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 2014, and with netball being one of the codes at the games they are going all out to  nurture the team and make sure that it is not only competitive but has a good chance at a medal. The fact that, in 2012, they are  planning two years ahead shows how serious they are.
Our girls have the ability and a good fighting spirit but we just aren't able to organise international experience and game time. We're a small country in the middle of the South Pacific ocean and it's expensive to travel overseas.
Netball Cook Islands deserves congratulations for organising a series like this one to bring top class players to Rarotonga.
And they've got another tournament planned for December - Netball in Paradise. This is an age-grade event with teams from Ausralia, Fiji, Niue and New Zealand as well as the Cook Islands entering Under 13, Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19 teams.
Netball fans check out the Netball Cook Islands website for match reports and the NCI Facebook page to keep up with events over here.