The National, Monday 28th November 2011
BANK South Pacific 1 opened their campaign to defend their title with a convincing 19-10 win over Datec in round one of the NCD private companies premier netball competition yesterday.
But the defending champions had to come back from a one-point deficit (6-5) at half-time to save themselves from embarrassment.
Datec were in control in the first half with centre Shirely Tore taking care of the mid-court which proved detrimental for their opponents.
The bankers got off to a shaky start with goal shooters Jacklyn Hape and Renagi Mulina trying to negotiate their way past Datec’s goal defenders Emily Lape and Napa Pala.
BSP restricted Datec to only four points while Hape and Mulina found their rhythm to pile on 14 points between them and blow away any hopes of a Datec comeback.
In the early match, Niugini Plumbing Services (NPS) 1 had to fight off a stiff Australian High Commission (AHC) attack to win 25-21.
Both sides were tied 12-12 but credit to NPS who had a better and more coordinated game to register their first win of the season.
Goal attack Irene Karo was main-stay for side raking up 18 points while Kila Kabo (GS) contributed seven points.
In the other match, Air Niugini defeated last season’s runners-up Brian Bell 18-15.