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Home turf dominance by POMNA junior teams

Port Moresby netball association, known to be the pioneer netball hub for grooming PNG Pepes maintain its status quo of quality netball with the junior teams currently dominating the National Netball Championships.

Day two of competition saw the POMNA U15 team remaining undefeated with another dominating 11-8 win over Rigo.

Championships tournament coordinator Emily Maha says since day one of competition started on Monday, teams from outside centres have been giving NCD and Central provincial teams a good run for the money.

The POMNA juniors managed to contained some of the visitors with close winning margins and giving themselves a good chance to play finals netball.

Taking charge of POMNA’s goal shooting duties was Shallom Kini and Patricia Alfred with assistance from Rayleen Anori at midcourt and wing attack Karen Emmanul evading defenders on the court side.

The duo’s (Kini and Alfred) goal shooting effort in the first quarter ensured they maintain a comfortable 7-3 lead heading into half time.

Rigo on the other end of the court also had to struggle defensively to keep up with the quick attacking intensity of the home team.

They (Rigo) only manage to score the opening three points courtesy through the tireless efforts of goal shooter Wari Renagi and Eua Koba.

At the start of the second quarter, POMNA pounced on every loose possession conceded by Rigo and manage to surge their way through the midcourt and giving the substitutions a fair share of opportunity to pile on more points into the hoop.

The general attacking possession throughout the quarter was in POMNA’s favor so as with the vocal backing of their U17 players and coaching staff they gave no room of complacency to their opponents.

Rigo showed signs for a comeback towards the remaining minutes of play as they shrugged off distractions coming from the opposition’s court side and add few points to close in on the scoreline heading into fulltime.

“There’s a lot of talents, the U15 little girls jumping up and down, they are really good.”

“It is quite tough especially the score lines very close margins meaning it is a tough competition given they have been preparing well,” says Maha.

She says the Madang U17 team have yet to arrive but draws will be adjusted to ensure they play back to back matches.

“Gulf and Kairuku are new and they managed to put teams in each divisions and we are very excited.”

“We have Abau and Rigo including Lae district…we had a few draws so that’s telling something from the outside teams taking part.

There is competition and it is not like Port Moresby dominate,” says Maha.

Heading into day three of competition today and as yesterday’s midday points ladder, POMNA is currently leading the Under 15 pool A with four straight wins and Abau with two straight wins in pool B.

In the Under 17 pool A, POMNA maintained its dominance with three straight wins followed by Rigo team two and in pool B Hiri Koiari making their presence known with three straight wins and conceding one defeat to Rigo.

The junior PNG Pepes prospects currently playing in the POMNA Under 21 team are also in full control of their matches winning three from three in pool A and closing in on them on the ladder is Hiri Koiari team one and Motu Koita West team one.

In pool B of Under 21, Rigo is currently on a roll after defeating Hiri Koiari (17-5), Kairuku team one (23-5) and Gulf (20-4), also remaining undefeated in that pool is Abau following their victory over Hiri Koiari team two (18-10), Kairuku team one (23-0) and West New Britain (15-0).

Maha said the finals of the juniors will take place today followed by the hosting of the Netball PNG Annual General Meeting and then tomorrow will see the start of the seniors competition.

“Seniors have a total of 20 teams so we will be running two pools on Thursday (tomorrow) and Friday.”