The National – Tuesday, June 21, 2011
SNIPERS and U-Mi Yet claimed the inaugural Vailima cups in the PNG Nabawan Trophy Haus NCD Volleyball Association all-club challenge which concluded at Hanuabada volleyball courts on Sunday afternoon in front of a good crowd.
Snipers were matched serve for serve all the way to the finish by Renos, but it boiled down to brother’s team combination of Richard, Timo and elder brother and setter, Veleke Kila who steered the ship to a 3-1 victory.
George David was punishing for Renos, but he lacked good support in the crucial stages at the net and when he was at back court.
In the women’s grand final, U-Mi Yet’s skill level and structure put on a ruthless performance giving the Gulf East Timber women a 3-0 thrashing.
On the road to the big one, Snipers defeated Vailima in straight sets and Renos Vanama survived a close call from Ela Motors and advanced 3-2.
Ela Motors beat Vailima 3-2 for the men’s third place and Snipers did likewise to Scorpions in the women’s division.
The tournament was sponsored by Vincent Hicks Ltd with total of K5,000, of which K2,000 went to shield and trophies for top four teams and K3,000 was awarded as cash prizes.
Winners Snipers and U-Mi Yet received K500 each, runners-up Renos Vanama and Gulf East Timbers received K300 each, Ela Motors and Snippers walked off with K200 a piece and the fourth place getters received a trophy each for their efforts.
Trophies were awarded individually:
In the men’s, the player of the tournament went to George David was by far the stand out in a losing team, the best spiker to Richard Kila, the best setter to Veleke Kila, the best passer to Dago Dirona and the best blocker to Charlie David.
In the women’s, the player of the tournament went to Luana Travertz, the best spiker to Emma Sarufa, the best setter to Elizabeth Unatah, the best passer to Marie Charlie, the best blocker to Nope Karo and the best server award went to Partricia Gibson.