|Posted by Near the Hoop on January 26, 2014 at 5:50 AM|
The PSNA held their major semi finals on Saturday paving the way for an excellent contest next Saturday at the Rita Flynn Courts.
It was a low key affair without much fanfare but once started, there was some wonderful netball skills on display as the cometitions final two last hopefuls for each division battled for a place at the table at next week's Grand Finals. Division 5 through to the Premier Division played out their respective matches without a hitch. The build up to next week has already started and is now poised to be quite an event. Deputy Secretary for Works, John Ame was on hand to encourage his girls who overcame a stressful last few minutes to hold off a fast finishing National Fisheries Authority, booking a Premier Division berth at next weeks big game. The saying "it ain't over till the fat lady sings" was appropriate for the senior most Division as NFA made their move late in the second half to bridge a 6 net half time deficit when they trailed 16 - 10, and at one stage, just two minutes out from full time, the scores were evenly posied at 20-19 in favour of the honey bees.....
Two turnovers and a poor shot for goal by Gillian Ole in the dying minutes was all that Works needed to capture a 2 net advantage and the right to meet MedCom (formerly NBC) in next weeks Premier Division Grand Final.
Both teams put everything into this one with Works' mother and daughter combination of Ati and Kimberly Rawali in attack working magic for them. Lama Lua playing a shooting role was effective near the hoop as well.
NFA's young mid court proved excellent in driving their attack and though they lacked a bit of punch in the first half, they certainly made up for it in the 2nd half, running their older opponents off their feet but as always the experience of the honey bees shone through. The final score a very complimentary 27 - 25.
in other divisions, PNG Olympic Committee expressed their bid for the 2014 Division 1 premiership, beating a strong Trade Commerce and industry team on court 3 and will take on sister organisation PNG Sports Foundation in the big game next week. Again it was the exuberance of the TCI's young attack that questioned the Olympic Committees resolve, but the Olympic Committee's ability to slow the pace of the game to their liking proved tactful, never releasing their hold on the lead until full time. The final score 22 - 15.
The Bank of Papua New Guinea impressed this year by walking through both their teams to their respective grand finals. Both have already qualified in Divisions 2 and 5 and now wait on Department of Lands in Division 3 and Department of Transport in Division 5. Lands tussled with the Auditor Generals Office (25 - 19) in an entertaining game, much closer than the score suggests and Transport put paid to a very enthusiastic Department of Justice in a very close game (12 - 10) to advance to the Grand Finals next week.
In Division 3, the Department of Lands managed to edge out a strong DJAG outfit 25 -19 in an entertaining display of netball while the ladies at PNG Ports just didn't seem to be quite there for the Division 4 game on court 2, throwing their game away to a very clinical NJSS side who admittedly had some big netball names in the side and managing only 1 net for the entire game. Their opponents NJSS piled on 38 unanswered nets to run away 39 - 1 and certainly have thrown out a challenge to incumbants, NFA that next weeks game is not going to be a walk in the park.
The PSNA grand finals next weekend promise to be an excellent outing for the family and indeed all netball enthusiasts. There is likely to be some real razzle dazzle and the hype has already started for the Premier Division.
So now the real question that is on everyones lips. Who is going to be the 2014 PSNA divisions champions..... The only way to know is to be there mid morning next Saturday. The tents will be there, the snacks and barbeques will be there and indeed the atmosphere will be there as twelve teams battle to take home this years pennants.