The National, Thursday 11th April, 2013
By JACK AMI
IT was one of the best grand finals seen in Saroa netball, outside Port Moresby, on Saturday.
The colours brightened the day with the Purple Haze, Green Machine and Red Rose battling for the top honours in the Under-10, U13, U15, U17 and U21, with many untapped raw talents showing their skills.
The competition included the A, B grades and Masters.
The showdown was played in the true of sportsmanship and all teams were disciplined.
It was exciting and the games were enjoyed by the capacity village crowd. It was an eye opener as the competition was revived to establish friendship, unity and togetherness in the community.
The day tossed off with the U10, which was a real thriller with five to nine year-olds given special treatment to enjoy the pikinini concept with qualified and certified umpires from Port Moresby Netball Association officiating and helping out.
Greens goal attack Rose Keke struggled to pot four points for her team to beat Red 4-2, with Annette Samuel scoring a double.
The rules were modified for them but the goal post was standard size and their height proved a disadvantage in scoring.
The U17 Purple edged out Green 14-13. In U15, Blues stopped Reds 10-6 and U13 Reds ousted Green 7-3.
In the U21, Purple and A grade Purple were too strong for Green 15-11 and 38- 24 respectively. For B grade and Masters Green bagged the honours 11-8 and 23-15 respectively.
It was the best display of untapped raw talents from the rural district of Rigo, Central, to match up with their counterparts from Saroa village.
Association president Henao Niu said training squads were selected and would be announced soon to take part in the Central tournament set for July in Port Moresby, with training to start on April 22.
Kwikila station will start their season as soon as they get their house in order.