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Suva Netters Dominate

Vaiti Waqatabu successfully led the Suva side to retain the Punjas/Digicel National Netball Championship title at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. The capital city edged Nasinu 31-30 in a nail-biting
21 Aug 2016 10:05
Suva Netters Dominate
Suva netball teams with their spoils during the Punjas/Digicel National Championship at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: ARISHMA NARAYAN

Vaiti Waqatabu successfully led the Suva side to retain the Punjas/Digicel National Netball Championship title at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday.

The capital city edged Nasinu 31-30 in a nail-biting final.

Suva laced with national reps Afa Rusivakula (GA), Unaisi Rauluni (GS), Maria Lutua (WA), Nina Cirikisuva (WD), Vaiti Waqatabu (C) and Sera Dakuitoga (GK) were taken to the wire by the Nasinu outfit.

Nasinu had the services of natinal reps Alesi Waqa (C), Alisi Naqiri (GK) along with national under 20 reps Lana Job (GS) and Ana Rusivakula (GA) were tough at set pieces.

Naqiri defended exceptionally well with the teams finishing 7-7 in the first quarter.

National U20 rep Job was brilliant in the shooting circle resulting in the teams tied 13-13 at halftime.

Waqatabu was the key player as she expertly delivered to her shooters, the teams tied 22-22 in the third quater.

Suva coach Gabrielle Qoro said they were expecting them Nasinu come out strong, and they had few national reps playing for the teams.

“It was tough but this win is a bonus for us, we were defending champion so coming into this to defend the title was really tough,” Qoro said.

Meanwhile, in the Major B division Suva retained their title beating Nasinu 19-12. Northland A beat Savusavu 20-14 in the minor division.

Lautoka retained the U20 title beating Suva 39-37.

U20 semi-final: Suva One 25- 19 Nasinu One, Lautoka One 30 – 26 Suva Two.

Quarter-final:  Suva One  25 – 28 Nadi Two, Nasinu One 19 – 8Tailevu One, Lautoka One 13- 11 AFCN, Suva Two 22 – 14 Naitasiri.

Edited by Osea Bola

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