The National, Wednesday 27th March, 2013
POOR attendance by players forced Sangara Netball Association executives to cut match timing.
Association head coordinator Truda Salwan said from Popondetta that the regulation 20-minute games were reduced to 10 minutes to allow all the teams to play their respective games.
Salwan said that resulted in low scores in the double headers in the senior and junior divisions on Saturday.
“It was good that Higaturu Oil Pty Ltd (HOPPL) got their act together with senior and junior teams competing,” Salwan said.
HOPPL is one of the top teams in the Higaturu LLG and beat Popondetta Urban in the Oro Provincial Games in 2012.
HOPPL were upset by Ridge 11-8 in the second game after winning the opener 8-4 against Buddies.
Hetura remain unbeaten with wins over Double Cross 7-4 and Buddies 6-2.
Ridge scored a double over HOPPL and Buddies 8-4 and Double Cross edged out Buddies 5-4.
In the juniors, Buddies snatched a double over Hetura 12-3 and Vendors 6- 5, while HOPPL scraped past Double Cross 4-3 but went down to Vendors 9-2.
Salwan said games would continue on Saturday.
She said a selection was in progress and a training squad would be announced soon for the OCNA tournament on April 15-19 at the Sangara Primary School Sports oval.
Sangara is an affiliated member of Oro Country Netball Association and will take part in the PNG Netball Federation championships in Port Moresby.
The mixture of grassroots talent from HOPPL, Sangara and Mumuni are the backbone of OCNA and will dominate the squad to the capital city.