|Posted by Near the Hoop on April 11, 2011 at 7:15 AM|
Pepes defender Nisha Omi and centre Alurigo Opina are on target with their preparations in the lead up to national selections for the Pepes over the Easter long weekend, for the upcoming Pacific Series in Port Moresby in June, against Fiji, Samoa and the Cook Is.
The duo have turned in exceptional performances during the Singapore Netball Super league over the last 5 weeks and are now lined up against each other for the grand final show-down to be played on Saturday 16 April 2011 between the Nike Marlins and Blaze Dolphins. Nisha’s team the Nike Marlins will meet Blaze Dolphins, Alurigo’s team in the grand final and the encounter is expected to be another exciting one, with only several goals separating the two teams each time they’ve met during the season and in last Saturday’s major semi-final. The Pepes duo have been part of Netball Singapore’s bold move to include a foreign player in each of the 6 competition teams with players also having come from Fiji and Tanzania.
(above) Alurigo Opina and Nisha Omi playing for PNG at the recent
Commonwealth Games in New Delhi
According to the Head Coach of the Singapore National Team, Kate Carpenter, "both Alu Opina and Nisha Omi will feature for their respective teams in the Netball Super league grand final on Saturday. Alu's inclusion in Blaze Dolphins team has added a dynamic element to the centre court play, while Nisha has been best in combination in the defence circle in combination with Jean Ng, the Singapore National captain" In receiving the news, PNG Netball President, Julienne Leka-Maliaki welcomed the good news and expressed her appreciation to Netball Singapore for the opportunity provided to both players and PNG Netball, and is optimistic of continuing this partnership program with Singapore Netball in the future.
“The President echoed PNG Netball’s support and well wishes to the two girls, stating that netballers in the country are excited and encouraged by their outstanding performance and we look forward to their imparting the knowledge, experience and skills gained to their fellow members upon returning to PNG on 18 April 2011.
Story provided by Netball PNG