NFA claim crown

Normal, Sports


NATIONAL Fisheries Authority (NFA) have created history in the Public Servants netball competition for the 2009-10 season by taking out the premiership title after defeating Telikom 21-16 in the grand final.
In front of a vocal crowd that packed the Rita Flynn courts on Saturday, NFA did not let their fans down by shutting out their opponents to claim the coveted title.
Fisheries veteran and goal shooter Gilean Ole taught former PNG Pepes representative Gewa Raula a lesson under the rings by making every attempt count.
She sunk eight goals and showed her superiority against her taller opponent who could be probably dominating under the ring.
The evergreen Ole was not the only star for NFA, goal attack Pauline Parker, ensured most of her goal attempts were added to the tally potting 13 goals.
Telikom started the match on a high note as goal shooter Mary Gumia, without wasting any time sank seven goals while her partner Ann Dobbin contributed nine goals.
However, their superb start came to end when Gumia had to be taken out after suffering from a niggling knee injury midway through the opening half.
It was turning point for their opponents to take advantage and rallied back to come out eventual winners.
Pint-sized NFA captain Cathy Solomon was superb at goal defence, shutting out her rivals from causing further problems for them.
She commended her girls for putting on an outstanding performance.
She said Telikom had been in the premier division finals and beating them was very satisfying.
NFA were only recently elevated to the premier division.
Telikom captain Dobbin admitted that they lost concentration midway through the game forcing them to cause errors that paid dearly in the end.
She said all credit should go to NFA who deserve the victory.
In division one, Department of Works walked away with the title after defeating Ombudsman Commission 19-17 in a tough encounter, PNG Power switched off Labour Department 23-20 to claim the division two premiership tag.
In the division four, National Gaming Control Board (NGCB) defeated Mineral Resource Authority 16-11 to run out champions and Department of Justice and Attorney-General dumped Hahediba 25-17 to claim the trophy in division five.