|Posted by Near the Hoop on July 16, 2015 at 10:15 AM|
The PNG Pepe's impressed on Wednesday evening when they held on to win a tight contest against Samoa in their pool match in front of a very parochial home crowd. In the audience this eveing was the PNG Prime Minister, Hon Peter O'Neil and Mrs O'Neill, PNG's Sports Minister, Hon justine Tachenko and the Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Hon Charles Abel. The trio were seated court side and enjoyed a very focused performance by the national side. Samoa have always been a nemesis for PNG, and the best of competitive rivals but Wednesday night belonged to PNG, as captain couragous, Lua Rikis led her charges with absolute resolve to provide fans a wonderful display of fast and furious netball.
The Pepe's had to claw back a 6 net deficit in the first quarter to lead at the break 30 - 28 and held onto the lead for both the 3rd quarter and full time in what was a nailbiting encounter. 3rd Qtr, 46-43 4th Qtr, 62-54.
It was a valiant effort and by no means a walk through the park as the Samoans worked as hard as they could to counter and overhaul this narrowest of margins and a relieved Lua Rikis had nothing but priaise at how the Pepe's held fast against a fast finishing flash of Blue much to the glee of a obvliously PNG home crowd.
PNG play Fiji on Friday.