By HUXLEY LOVAI
THE Port Moresby Netball Association will be using this weekend to play a round of catch-up matches in all junior divisions from the Under-10s to U21s.
These games were originally slated for Round 1.
Next week the premier division returns as the competition goes into playoffs, with teams battling for a spot in the grand final.
With Mermaids, Paramana, Sparrows and Rebels in the mix, the finals playoff will bring out the best in players. Defending champions Sparrows will be determined to hold on to their title, but the song birds have suffered back to back defeats proving that the competition is wide open.
The return of POMNA competition this year after an absence of almost two years due to major redevelopments to sporting infrastructure in the nation’s capital, was both a blessing and a curse for many sporting codes in Port Moresby including netball, who had to endure months without a competition.
But the light at the end of the tunnel was the construction of world class facilities that sporting codes such as netball sorely needed.
Apart from the obvious championship title up for grabs, players in will be keen to impress selectors for national duties in both the U21 and PNG Pepes.
September will be a busy month for Netball PNG as both the U21 team and the PNG Pepes will be in action.
The U21 team will be participating for the Oceania regional qualifiers in New Zealand for the Netball Youth World Cup.
Earlier in the month the Pepes will be representing the country at the Nations Cup tournament in Singapore.
By HUXLEY LOVAI