|Posted by Near the Hoop on April 24, 2011 at 10:46 AM|
The PNG National Netball Team, the Pepe's and reserves were named today at the close of an arduous two day selection trials at Port Moresby's Bisini Courts. A Development Team and reserves was also named.
While many of us were contemplating what the second day of Easter would bring for us, thirty odd trialists for the Pepe's and the National Development Team were assembling in the early morning to start what was to be two fairly strenuous days of assessment and decisions for Netball PNG. The trials which started at 7:00 am on Saturday morning included a second fitness and skills test for the 32 hopefuls. The trials conducted under watchful gaze of head Coach Pole Kassman and two full panels of selectors, looked at both the core fitness of the trialists and their court skills.
In a departure from the original concept of a Pepe's Team and a U21 Team, Netball PNG has opted for the selection of two teams, the first being the Pepe's and a second being a Development Team which promoting the concept of development of a talent pool of first rate netballers.
The trialists included Australian based players and current Pepe's, Richanda kassman and Cheryl Renagi and players selected in both the senior and U21 divisions at the the last National Championships held in Madang.
Due to match commitments in Australia, Maleta Roberts and Tiata Baldwin were not able to attend these trials, however their fitness records have been made available to the Netball PNG selectors.. Yvonne Magutau withdrew just prior to the trials citing fitness issues as did Michelle Geitz, whos is still favouring her ankle after a serious injury last year.
The teams are as follows
The 2011 PNG Pepe's
(above) the 2011 PNG Pepe's. Not present, Maleta Roberts and Tiata Baldwin
Maleta Roberts (Bne), Tiata Baldwin (Bne), Marie Otio (POM), Mary-Paul Buehler (POM), Albertine Ehari (POM)
Alurigo Opina (POM), Richanda -Leigh Kassman (Bne), Cheryl Renagi (Lismore Aust), Lama Lua (POM), (Rhoda Kerea) (Central)
Lua Rikis (POM), Winnie Mavara (POM), Nisha Omi (Madang), Nancy Kapi (POM), Jessie Logo, (POM)
The Development Team
(above) The 2011 National Development Team
Albertine Ehari (POM), Agnes Lucas (Alotau), Paruru Vaieke (Motu Koita West), Dorccus Ilagi (Central), Rhoda Kerea (Central)
Gase Moka (POM), Rava Agi (POM), Stacey Alu (Madang), Philomena Naime (Kairuku Hiri), Boio Rei (Motu Koita West)
Jessie Logo (POM), Tau Galewa (Central), Linessah Pouna (Alotau), Kinibo Baroa (Lagatoi), Raylene Andrew (POM)
Captains of the respective sides were not named by Netball PNG (PNG netball Federation)
Teams commence training Monday morning for their respective international engagements. The Pepe's have the task of hosting the Pacific Netball Series in Port Moresby from 6 - 10 June 2011 and the Development Team will attend Sydney later in June to contest the NSW State Championships.