Gerrard eyes Tongan talent at Mo`onia`s Cup

Following NSW Swifts and Australian Diamonds duties, Mo’onia Gerrard was not finished with her netballing commitments in 2012, instead travelling to Tonga in late November to oversee the Mo’onia’s Netball Cup.

An event that Mo’onia was passionate about turning from a concept into a reality, Tonga has given full support to the event that encourages females to exercise with a focus on identifying young talent.

Gerrard established the competition to encourage young women to get active but the event has also helped identify young talent in Tonga, and to set them on the pathway to elite netball.

“I wanted to identify the young netballers coming through… to identify the talent they have in Tonga and to see what came out of the event… it’s been supported by the government and the local communities in Tonga.”

 Held over two days in Nukunuku, Tonga’s Minister for Internal Affairs opened the tournament, which enjoyed its fourth annual event.

The size of the competition has grown each year with 40 teams taking to the grass courts in 2012.

Team competed in four grades; Senior, Under-14, Under-18 and the 35 years and older ‘Golden Girls’ division.

Tailulu finished on top of the Senior Grade to win the Mo’onia Cup, and also took out the Under-18 division.

Fungafele’ave of Nukunuku won the Under-14 grade while the Maui-Kisikisi Police netball team won the ‘Golden Girls’ competition.