Port Moresby netball ends tournament on a high


THE Port Moresby Netball Association ended its tournament at the Rita Flynn Courts on Sunday.
Association president Linda Ligo said the tournament was used to select players for the national championships which would be held later this year.
“We hosted this tournament to select our side for the national championships in September,” she said.
The tourney was also aimed at prompting interest for the sport, given the association was unable to run its past two seasons due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“The association did not have any season running since 2020 when our venue was taken due to the pandemic,” Ligo said.
“The tournament was a little out of the ordinary because of the long break.
“Some players were completely out of rhythm, the timing of our games didn’t synchronise as usual.
“But despite these challenges, we managed to pull through with the finals.”
Raukele Waves beat Motu-Koita West 8-6 in the Under-15 grand final.
In the U17s, Motu-Koita West edged Veupunama 8-7 while Marshall outmuscled Gaba Kundu 11-8 in the U21s.
Mystics One were crowned as the champions after they triumphed over Veupunama 18-13.
Meanwhile, Ligo encouraged the teams to prepare for another tournament in August.
“We will have a short season that will end with the usual grand finals for the junior and senior divisions,” she said.