By KEITH PUARIA
CELLAR dwellers Daltron will want to turn their fortunes around against current competition number twos Fairdeal in the Private Companies Netball premier grade opener on Sunday.
The IT outfit, having lost all six matches on the trot, showed very little resistance in those games in defence and must now dig deep for digits in the current points column.
Last Sunday’s close first half deficit 8-11 against a hot Brian Bell side, signalled the potential in a dominantly new and young side, with the scores only blown out in the second half.
“We’re still finding our touch, with a better part of the team new to the game and competition. There are a couple of old hands in the team but it has to be a team effort,” senior player Cecilia Maurice said.
Shooter Grace Moses and goal attacks Laureen Tamarua and Maurice have been threatening at the ring, however very little challenge in the centre, has denied them good balls.
Janet Arua, Rose Inee and Elsa Nangreka will have to grind hard in the middle, while Susan Pala and Elaine Hane have to remain on guard against Fairdeal’s attack in Tetu Paleni and Ware Thoa.
It is a pretty tough ask of a side that’s been struggling with injuries in key positions, and a rookie make-up, but Daltron are determined to make round seven count.
In the later games, a newly outfitted third placed BSP1 face ‘go-getters’ IPA, while Westpac and Air Niugini tussle to remain in touch with the top four.
Air Niugini, in the box seat at four only by percentage, have their ever reliable match makers, Stella Wakela and Joyce Nau at the ring and will ask a lot of centre Aivu Logona up against Westpac’s Mona-Lisa Leka and Pattyana Simwale.
Leaders Brian Bell have a tough task against the fast improving Nawbawan Super Limited in the main game and will once again look to sharp shooter Lina Raka Sr and attack Lalelatu Ula. Lucy Emboge (GK) at the back did a great job last week but will have a challenge on her hands against NSL’s Myley Kula and Peiru Digori.