Do-or-die for netters

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The National, Friday October 18th, 2013


THE 30 Pepes squad members square-off  this weekend as they battle in the final trial and camp for the final 12 berths.

Papua New Guinea Netball Federation president, Julienne Leka-Maliaki said the federation would be looking at avenues of identifying who will play in the Singapore Super League competition.

The league is the highest level of competition in Singapore and will take place after the Six Nations Cup in December.

Leka-Maliaki said they were still working on arrangements.

The Pepes 30-member squad will undergo a two-day trial and camp at the Sir John Guise Stadium tomorrow and Sunday before the final 12 players will be selected for the Six Nations Cup in Singapore from December 1-7.

PNG will be up against Sri Lanka, Uganda, Republic of Ireland, United States of America and Singapore and will have to finish in the top four to improve their world ranking.

Their second place finish at the Pacific Netball Series in June  allowed PNG to climb from 20th to 17th.

 PNG Netball is banking on results from the Six Nations Cup to move higher.

The two-day camp starts with a fitness testing tomorrow.

The Pepes squad: Shooters – Lua Rikis, Rayleen Andrew, Jephat Tulapi, Albertine Ehari, Kapa Mailia, Marypaul Buehler, Tiata Baldwin, Paruru Vaieke, Maleta Roberts. Centre court – Nerrie Adula, Kimberly Rawali, Richanda Kassman, Marinama Maha, Winnie Mavara, Winifred Parker, Shannah Dringo, Gase Moka, Kula Iamo, Cheryl Renagi, Philomena Naime, Aiva Suave. Defenders –  Kapu Kapi, Kilala Owen, Nancy Kapi, Margaret Eka, Courtney Abel, Vili Nopiri, Tau Galewa, Edea Gamu, Susan Wellington.