The National, Friday February 7th, 2014
By WENDY KATUSELE
SHOOTERS Kimberly Rawali and Mona Konena will have Datec’s hopes riding on their young shoulders in Sunday’s Private Companies Netball premier division preliminary final.
They face Westpac in a game that is expected to be a fiery battle as both teams wrestle for the right to meet first qualifiers Proclean in the next weekend’s premiership decider.
The duo, instrumental in Datec’s 27-21 minor semi-final win over Australian High Commission last week, are expected to emulate or better that performance to lay the foundation for the much-needed victory.
Westpac’s 23-21 loss in the major semi-final has not been taken lightly with the camp under coach Alurigo Ravusiro concentrating on its midcourt ball possession during the week’s training.
Ravusiro was tightlipped about her possible line-up but said she is confident of her players’ ability to move the ball with better communication from the centre to convert them into goals.
Despite some injury worries, Ravusiro’s mission for an improved mid-court performance following last weekend disappoint, is still top on her priority list.
“The girls need to also settle down very quickly when the games starts and players’ confidence would be a bonus,” Ravusiro said.
Datec under the guidance of Pepes and coach Lua Rikis want nothing less than a win and will rely on Kapi sisters Rachael and Nancy to provide the foundation for that through solid defence.
Rikis will be banking on fellow Pepes Rawali’s whose agility on court to help carry them home on Sunday.
Centre Talitha Malaga had an outstanding game last week and will be dictating play in the mid-court with valuable support expected from captain Netanya Mulina, Emily Lafe and Ati Rawali.