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Sparrows survive windy tussle

The windy weather conditions on Saturday provided a perfect netball game day for Credit Corporation Sparrows and Mystics in the Port Moresby netball association premier division.

The strong tussle between both teams saw Sparrows winning 41-37.

Sparrows with the inclusion of senior players like Nerita Adula, Kilala Owen, Jacklyn Lahari and Shannaz Apelis providing the defensive and attacking general play which allowed their goal shooter Mary Leka to score about 31 points into the hoop.

Leka paired up with Ravini Oa as they both dominated the point shooting department to 14-11 at half time.

Physically it was a strong match up between Mystics defenders led by Susan Wellington (goalkeeper) and Genevieve Ume (goal defence) against Leka and Oa.

The duo (Wellington and Ume) efforts also inspired their team mates to put up to shutdown several attacking plays by Sparrows.

Their (Mystics) counter attack gave them a good comeback with goal shooter Gloria Laka and goal attack Kula Iamo scoring the much needed points to close down on the score margin.

Mystics skipper Gasi Moka took control at mid-court against Sparrows Caela Welsh.

The second stanza saw both teams especially goal shooters vying to maintain possessions and directing play around defenders.

Sparrows capitalised on every penalties conceded by Mystics and scored points through Leka and Oa who were at their best points scoring performance.

Defensively the efforts of Adula, Owen and Lahari gave Sparrows the upper hand to pull off the four points winning difference.