Mini Super League netball competition postponed


WEEK three of the Mini Super League between the Papua New Guinea Pepes and Port Moresby Netball Association (POMNA) has been postponed to next week.
This is due to issues around spectator allowance with the Papua New Guinea Sport Foundation’s venue management team at the Sir John Guise Indoor Complex.
The aim of the league is to resume competitive netball following a lack of matches due to the Coronavirus pandemic since last year.
Netball PNG president Ulato Avei told The National yesterday that the competition was also a scouting exercise for next year’s Pacific Mini Games on the Northern Mariana Islands.
“Our national championships have been cancelled due to the pandemic so the league is also a scouting exercise,” she said.
“We are using POMNA because they are our strongest association.
“Wednesday’s games were called off and moved to next week because of the issue with the venue management.”
Avei said that they had requested for the players’ parents to attend the matches for security reasons as the games were being played on Wednesday evenings.
POMNA president Linda Ligo has also expressed disappointment saying that most of the players were girls under the age of 21.
She said the venue management had advised them that the list of parents would be forwarded to the Office of the National Pandemic Response Controller for approval.
“Because of that, we decided not to field our players, so the games had to be postponed to next week,” Ligo said.
“These are young talents who we are trying to showcase, there are selectors here to select them (for the Pepes train-on-squad).”