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Mermaids Impress in 3rd Quarter

Posted by Near the Hoop on September 15, 2013 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Mermaids head coach, Paula Kassman absent on official busines in Walis and Futuna would have been so proud of her girls had she been there on Grand Final day.  No doubt she is proud of them anyway, but perhaps she would have been a little more animated if she had had the chance to see her beloved Mermaids haul back a 10 next deficity in third quater to be only two nets adrift by the end of the quater.

The Mermaids, down and out for all measure seemed a spent force at half time after a very poor start especially from Shooters Rayleen Andrews who could nto pot a net even if you  placed it at her feet and it you can't give that kind of advantage away to an outfit as used used to teh big game as the red machine, Esco Telstars.  It was going to be a grind but so is the personality of the more senior players like Kapu and Rachel Kapi and M David in the midcourt who never panicked and stepped up to the mentoring plate to motivate teammates.  At 26-10 at half time the going was going get tougher as the sweet taste of victory seemed already pitting on the tongues of Lydia Vali's charges.

Whatever was said at half time certainly motivated the ladies in purple because in an incredible show of both courage and determination the ladies put their bodies on the line, focused totally on the job at hand and simply outplayed their more fancied oponents.  It was an outstanding effort to capitalise on the the very few oportunities prsented by Telstars and motivate each other to focus on securing the ball and keep play at the red zone as often and for as long as possible.  The crowd now had something to cheer about and the volume suddenly elevated to fever pitch. There was now a buzz in the air and you could tell  the players also were basking in the sensation of being only a net or two adrift at the three quarter break........32 - 34.

It was one of the best recorded comebacks seen at the courts but the question was whether or not able to carry it through into the final quater.

The final quater started off with quite a start as the Red Machine tried to switch up gears, but the ladies in purple had not quite finished what they had started and with one turnover by Telstars, the scores were suddenly even and thats the way the two teams bashed each other with for the final quater.  It was a matter of who was going to make the least mistakes.  Five minutes out a shot rebound is missed by the Mermaids attack and that was all Telstars needed, another one three minutes out and the score suddenly gapped to 5 nets which was the final score 40 - 45 in one of the association most entertaining grand finals.

Well done to all teams who made it to the grand finals and congratulations to all the winners.  Congratulations also to Esco Telstars who's win takes their tally of premiership wins to just under 40 since 1969.

Another Premiership for Telstars

Posted by Near the Hoop on September 15, 2013 at 2:35 AM Comments comments (0)

n what turned out to be an excellent day of netball on Saturday last, POMNA held its finals at the Bisini Courts to formally close out the season. With some 20 games, 12 in the junior and 8 in the senior competitions, the day had to be organised well in advance.

Prepping the courts started In the wee hours of Saturday morning transforming courts the two main courts into an amphitheatre for what would be a full day of great netball.

The day started off with the Junior divisions finals from the U10's through to the U21's. So great has been the interest in 2013 that even the U21 division had enough to field two pools A and B. It's always a treat to see the new talents starting off their netballing careers and the U10's were not only such fun to watch but you could easily spot the influence their mothers have the children if their mothers also play.


The Junior competition was an open field affair and no one club seemed to dominate with new club POMIS making the cut to contest the U21B grand final and the Sparrows and Rebels taking up the contest in Pool A.

Seven full divisions of eight teams contested the senior competition this year showing the depth of interest in the sport and the main premier division game had everything from a slow start by the Mermaids to almost taking the game from the mighty Telstars.

The Premier division for 2013 was a hotly contested matchup between the fancied Esco Telstars and Snax Mermaids who were expected to take the challenge right up to the women in Red but whether it was nerves or a touch of the hibijibi, the colour purple just didn't seem to want to sparkle, in fact the Mermaids had hit a "purple patch" right where it was least needed at the beginning of the game, both shooters just couldn't find any range, and lacked total cohesion in attack and the score reflected this at the end of the 1st quarter. The 2nd quarter was no better and at half time it seemed the fate of the game had been sealed as the mermaids, now looking like fish out of water, trailed the mighty Telstars 26 - 16.

Something happened in the half time break, perhaps the tide had returned and the sea breeze had brought with it luck because the third quarter was one of the most exciting of comebacks ever witnessed in POMNA netball as the Snax ladies found a rhythms that absolutely bedazzled both the Telstars players and the spectators as suddenly it was game on as the Mermaids potted net after unanswered net, so much so that by the third quarter break, there was nothing in the game and the scored stood poised at Telstars 34, Mermaids 32............... and the crowd now was right into the game, the final quarter was going to be an interesting one and you couldn't bet one way or the other.

The final quarter was one of the most intense and draining ones with only fatigue the winner as both teams throwing absolutely everything into it. The coaching benches were gritting their teeth, riveted to the court barking out instructions in an effort to keep the players focused. The game could have gone on for another half hour and had the crowd roaring for more as both teams put on an excellent display of high quality netball but in the end it was two turnovers that cost the Mermaids their 2nd Premier division pennant. The final score 45 - 40 and Telstars again reveling in the spoils of yet another Premiership.


They never are easy game to pick and though many would say Telstars had the game sorted, even they would admit, there were some scary moments there and the Mermaids were certainly worthy contenders.

Well done to both teams and congratulations to Mona Lisa Leka, Lydia Veali and Veitu Diro and indeed the entire Telstars outfit for the success of the Red Machine in 2013.

Datec Cruise Past Westpac's Height Advantage

Posted by Near the Hoop on February 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Westpac's lofty Shooter Elina Ripasom had her work cut out for her last Sunday as she matched up against PNG rep, Nancy Kapi under the hoop.  Elina's lack of agression allowed the Datec custodian to hustle the tall Fijian out of easy points and convert turnovers into points and in the end a comfortable outing for the ladies in skyblue.


Datec didn't have it all their way though and had to fight for points in patches as diminutive captain courageous Violet Banian realied the scarlet machine time and time again.  in the end Datec just had too much fire power and a score line to boot.  Westpac regulars Mona Lisa Leka and others may yet make the court which will give the team a lift but the bliss of motherhood is her current preoccupation and we all offer our congratulations to her and her partner on the recent arrival of a bouncing bundle of joy.

The next three games will be critcal for Westpac if they are to stay in contention for the finals.

Paramana Smash Hapless Aroma Coast

Posted by Near the Hoop on June 7, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Aroma Coast were again dished out  a netball lesson by Paramana in POMNA's main game last Saturday.

Paramana never shifted out of first gear and coasted through the game and still poste an impressive 67 - 39 shellacking of the 2011 tailenders.  The score card could have easily looked worse for the East Coast ladies if the women in black shown some urgency in their game.

Aroma Coast for their part squandered their chances through a very poor conversion rate near the hoop.  Missed opportunities and turn overs were punished by the 2010 premiers and possibly a clear message to the competition contenders this year that they mean business this year.


Last Saturdays Main Game on Court 2

Full story to follow.

Telstars Pip Mermaids by 7

Posted by Near the Hoop on June 6, 2012 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

It wasn't a happy day for the Mermaids last Saturday as they took on Telstars for the first time this season. 

For the better part of their outing the 'maids had the might chooks under the knife and only by some smart positional changes in the third quarter by Telstars to bolster their defence and loosen up their midcourt attack were they able to claw their way back and take the game from the jaws of defeat.  A nail biter to the end and had it not been for the experience of their senior players, the Mermaids could well have taken that game.

The 'Maids appeared to have the red machine's measure, leading both the first and second quaters, slowing down the Telstars midcourt so that Mona Lisa Leka was placed under enormous pressure as Goal Attack,

The Kapi sisters, at their best as custodian of the net effectivel challenged each forray by the Telstars attack.

In the third stanza, Marca Muri was moved into the D with Albertine to bolster the red defence, Mona was moved back to lead the attack from the midcourt and Toka Kini was placed inside the attacking D to help shoot.   This seemed to do the trick and by the close of third stanza , the scores were even.

The rest is history as the experience of the attackign combinations, agro at the net and boxing by the red defence allowed Telstars to come away with a hard fought win, 54 - 47.

Telstars and the Rebels are the only two teams to be undefeted as the Rexona Cup enters game 5 of the round and guess who's playing this weekend in the 2nd premier division game this Saturday.  It's RED versus BLUE.  It is sure to be a real stouch, so be there this weekend.

2011 Premiers Shine Over Veupunama

Posted by Near the Hoop on June 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Last weeks high scores were not isolated to Paramana and Telstars.  In fact it was the 2011 premiers that started the ball rolling in the first encounter of the day, punishing Veupunama to a submisssive 57 - 35 score.  The Blues had all the answers last Saturday, converting turnovers into points and rarely missing off their centre pass.

Veupu on the other hand needed to find their way a little even though the personnel they fielded were similar to the team that really pressed BSP in the PCNC grand final only a month ago.

The Rebels have a very strong midcourt which controlled both in attack and defense showing both fitness and mental strength as they dismantled their opposition making the Veupunama attack look predictable.  Their fitness in particular shone through and in the end they were able to experiment with player combinations and run plays.  A strong all roudn performance.

PCNC Expect Huge Comp for 2012

Posted by Near the Hoop on November 12, 2011 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

A record eleven divisions each with eight teams are expected to contest the 2011/2012 season PCNC netball competition in Port Moresby as the draws were released this week showed.

That is an amazing 88 teams registered this season and still more inquiries are being made for teams to be registered.

Of course as the season starts the not so committed teams tend to drop off and the balance make up teh competition for the season but with enough teams to generate eleven divisions is a massive show of confidence in the management of the comp and the competition itself.

As a social competition, it is less intense and more of a day for the netballers in the city, but the sheer numbers is an incredible endorsement of the sport by the female population engaged in the city's private sector.

Games start middy Sunday and will finish late.

All the games will be held at the Rita Flynn Courts at Bisini.

For draws go the Port Moresby Competitions Page in the Navigation Bar and select the draws from there or follow the link below.

PCNC Draws for Sunday 13th November 2011

POMNA Moves o Finalise Its Constitution

Posted by Near the Hoop on November 9, 2011 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Just prior to the National Championships, the Executive of POMNA resolved to take the issue of finalising the existing draft Constitution and Competition Rules before the next season commences.

As such the Secretary of POMNA, Mrs Karo Gigimat, distributed copies of the draft constitution of the Association to all members/Clubs with a request that they compile their input/suggestions/recommendations on what the final document should look like.

The purpose of the exercise is to then pass everyone's input to a lawyer who will re-draft a fresh document which the executive can table to Association members for ratification prior to the new season in 2012.

The current draft Constitution and Competition Rules has been in a draft form for some time without any real progress to properly establish and ratify a proper document. As as result it has been the subject of or the reason for many inconsistencies and disagreements.

This is an opportunity to remove some of the impediments standing in the way of development of the sport and requires everyone's support.

If you have received a copy of the POMNA Draft Constitution and Competition Rules please do not simply set it aside but read it and offer your suggestions as to how the particular problems can be resolved regardless of how small or trivial you may consider the matter to be.

Please check with your club reps whether they have received or considered a copy of the Constitution and if they haven't, contact Mrs Karo Gigimat, Mrs Eva Kini, Mrs Annie Iamo, Mrs Renagi Mulina, Mrs Lynna Koneubau or Mr Simon Anakapu to organise a copy for your reps.

Please note all members are asked to cooperate to achieve a positive outcome for the Association especially with regard to this matter. The time in which the executive expects comments to be returned expired last month. An extension may have to be sought to allow comments to be passed in.

PCNC Exercise Caution and Delay Trials

Posted by Near the Hoop on November 7, 2011 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

The PCNC Executive chose to simply be cautious and postpone last Sundays trial games to this week.

With the Fiji / PNG League international being played at the PRL, it was not worth risking the safety of families and children that normally attend the courts for the PCNC, in the event something did go wrong.

Margaret Embahe who is caretaker President of the Private Companies off season netball competition until the next general elections, still has not received an concrete indication from the Port Moresby Netball Association as to what is being planned for the next six months at the courts. The PNG Netball Federation had made it publicly known that works were to commence at the Bisini facilities in November 2011 but as this article was being edited, nothing had crystalised for the PNGNF or POMNA.

Mrs Embahe appears then to be steaming on with the competition as this years turnout is anticipated to be close to 100 teams in the competition.

POMNA and the PNGNF still do not appear to have been advised by the Games Committee as to the likely pathway timeline and what any development will entail.

Trial matches resume this Sunday.

Finance a NO SHOW

Posted by Near the Hoop on November 7, 2011 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

After an excellent push for the finals in March this year you would have thought that Department of Finance, probably the most established of departmental teams would have been the first ones to bounce onto the courts on Saturday, but alas, it was the total opposite as the glances turned to frowns and a shake of the head as the ladies from Vulupindi Haus were just not around.

Dept of Finance (green) playing Telikom (blue) last season

Could they still have been at the Eatery at Vision City, or enjoyoing a long weekend siesta.  Well wherever they were, it was a NO SHOW for the flashy ladies in green and an easy advance for the Eagles. 

For their part the 2011 Champions seemed to be taking the whole thing in their stride and despite holding the mantle as PSNA champions in the season just gone, there was no gloating or showboating and once the forfeits were declared, went through the motions of netting a shot for the record books.

Fisheries have been given a boost this year with a fresh set of uniforms for the two divisions they have teams in and certainly provided a fresh look in their two tone blue tunics.


Telikom and NFA (left) in their colors and Department of Commerce (right)

Department of Commerce and Industry also fooled us in their deep red floral skirts but looked keen to get on with things in 2012 as did a number of other departments on Saturday.  There is the makings of a decent season this year and certainly the enthusiasm appears to be there, until someone finds something to complain about.  It would be nice for a decent roll out and execution of this season without incident.  But then that's only hanging onto fantasy isn't it.

No doubt the serious PSNA netball is about to start so see you all on Saturday, in uniform, sunscreen and a hat.  If your looking for me, I'll be somewhere "near the hoop"