The 2010 National Netball Championships, Madang - Results
Held from Tuesday 28th September to Sunday 3rd October 2010, the 2010 PNG National Netball Championships were hosted by the Madang Netball Association.
The beautiful township of Madang would be the centre of attention for the netballing community and for those six or so days , the gathering point for associations from all over Papua New Guinea to compete and socialise with one common agenda - netball. During the Championships Madang was also the venue for officials of affiliated associations of the PNG Netball Federation, to consider and deliberate on administrative matters at the Federation’s Annual General Meeting.
Sponsored for the first time by communications giant, Digicel, the tournament attracted 9 associations to compete in the senior divisions and 11 in the junior . 69 teams in total registered to play with associations like Hiri, Poreporena, Central and Madang fielding multiple teams in the junior competition.
Six grass courts were marked and prepared for the event in the centre of Laiwaden Oval. The oval itself is centrally located in Madang town making it a convenient venue for visiting associations. The comfortable, relaxed atmosphere adding to the makings of a very pleasant experience for the many who attended.
The tournament was competitive enough but little in terms of standout talents with size and height could be easily identified for a development squad. This is one area that will require encouragement and focus collectively if PNG netball is to compete successfully on the international stage.
Central Netball Association was clearly the most successful association of the tournament winning all but two grand finals at the tournament only losing those two (U15 and Masters) to Poreporena in very close finishes. In all, a remarkable achievement by the rural communities of Central Province.
In a slight departure from previous practice, players originally from outside Port Moresby but playing in the POMNA competition returned to play for the associations of their origin, significantly balancing out the competition. Rhoda Kerea, Florence Genolagani and Olive Jonah who play in the Port Moresby competition played for Central NA as did the Port Moresby based Kiunga NA players. Others like Raylene Andrews chose to play for POMNA as opposed to playing for Kairuku Hiri NA.
Attending Associations include;
|Port Moresby NA||Port Moresby NA|
|Central NA||Central NA|
|Kairuki Hiri NA||Kairuku Hiri NA|
|Lagatoi NA||Lagatoi NA|
|Poreporena NA||Poreporena NA|
|Manus NA||Manus NA|
|Madang NA||Madang NA|
|Lae NA||Lae NA|
|Kiunga NA||Kiunga NA|
|Number of Associations - 11||Number of Associations - 9|
| U13 Div – 11 ||A Grade - 10|
|U15 Div – 14||B Grade - 9|
|U17 Div – 8||Masters - 8|
|U21 Div – 9|
|Total 42||Total 27|
|Total teams participating - 69|
Results – Divisional Grand Finals
|U17 Div||Central||Madang 1|
|U21 Div||Central||Port Moresby|
|A Grade||Central 2||Port Moresby 1|
In the Presidents report to the Sponsors, the Madang Netball Association’s excellent management and organisation attributes were praised for staging such a successful tournament. Outgoing Senior Vice President Boe Lahui and Mrs Margaret Opina must be recognised for their extraordinary effort with the Madang NA tournament committee in ensuring the event was conducted as professionally as it was.
The only negative aspects that could be raised is perhaps the crowd attendances on each day, however, it is a known that the region is not an overly netball oriented one and as long as the current trends are maintained, growth and saturation will change perceptions over time. The only other aspect was the consistency of umpiring.
Observations and Recommendations Emanating from the AGM and Competition
Future championships must comply with and adhere to the Alotau Resolutions with respect to the verification of a players age. This is relevant only to the Junior competition.
As part of the overall branding and marketing of Netball PNG standards, associations should be encouraged to improve on the quality of uniforms and apparel.
A focus generally for associations to encourage girls with obvious “size and height” attributes to play netball.
A more effective strategy to empower, upskill and develop technical expertise for the purpose of achieving standardisation across member associations.
The development of strong partnerships both locally (at association level) and nationally thereby giving recognition of the participation of sponsors in the overall development of the sport. A clear marketing drive to give netball a preferred sport profile and a brand that can be easily identifiable as a product of Netball PNG.
2011 PNG National Netball Championships
The host of next year’s Championships will be the Port Moresby Netball Association.
Digicel PNG for their generosity at such short notice to take up the mantle of major sponsor of the PNG National Netball Championships.
Distinguished guests at the presentation of awards