The National, Tuesday 12th February, 2013
By JACK AMI
AIR Niugini held pre-match favourites Australian High Commission to an 11-11 deadlock in the Private Companies Netball premier division on Sunday.
The airline’s team was leading 7- 2 at the interval but were restricted by AHC’s solid defence in the final period.
AHC potted nine points through goal shooter Mary Kola Age and goal attack Kila Mark to save their team.
They were lucky that Air Niugini’s silly errors and turnovers turned into offensive opportunities.
In the mid court, centre Tamara Green, wing attack Margret George and wing defender Norah Hau’ofa were quite better than the opposition, setting up their shooters to post vital points.
Goal defender Elke Koellner and experienced goalkeeper Rakara Raula stepped up on defence to restrict the opposition shooters.
Air Niugini replacement Janelle Kiki managed only four points from several attempts at goal and that cost them an upset victory.
Their midcourt of (C) Aivu Logona, (WA) Ani Garo and (WD) Eileen Ganny lost their concentration and allowed the opposition to force them into cheap errors.
Defenders Kila Leka and Laura Logona were easily outplayed in the final minutes.
In the other matches, competition leaders Bank South Pacific maintained their lead with a 19-8 win over a disorganised Kenmore, Datec forfeited STC Finance, who failed to muster the numbers to play.
PCNA president Carolyn Lahari said only four games remained before the semi-finals playoffs.
Lahari said the points ladder would be released after round 15.
Meanwhile, the PNG Netball Federation will hold their second governance workshop on Feb 17.
PNG netball in conjunction netball Australia will be conducting the workshop at Paddy’s Hotel.