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CC Sparrows bagged back-to-back title

Updated: Sep 12, 2023

After a nail-biting premier encounter at the iconic Rita Flynn Court on Saturday, 9th September, the Credit Corporation Sparrows emerged as the eventual Champions, defeating Veupunama with a 45-30 victory to claim the Port Moresby Netball Association (POMNA) Cup.

The CC Sparrows, known for their exceptional skills and dominance, proved their mettle once again. This victory adds to their impressive track record, as they successfully defended their title from last season.

The grand final was a perfect show of determination and teamwork. Both teams fought tooth and nail for every point. The intensity was very physical as the crowd eagerly watched the decider unfolding.

CC Sparrows started the match with a strong offensive play, putting pressure on Veupunama in the first quarter. They maintained the momentum in the second quarter, leading the show 22-13.

Veupunama fought back with a strong defence and attack. They maintained their never-give-up mentality in the third and final quarters. They put up a competitive challenge and were determined for glory.

However, the Sparrows' agility was bigger and better. Their strategic gameplay kept their runners-up under pressure, with Veupunama falling short every quarter.

According to coach Julien Leka, their strategic game plan was to put pressure by having a tight defence pack. She also said the sudden switch between wing defence Kilala Owen and goal defence Shanaz Apelis put the opposing shooters under pressure, and that really worked out for them.

“Because having a tall player like Kilala playing in the wing defence, it distracts and dismantles the opposing team’s game strategy,” coach Leka said.

Ms. Leka also expressed her satisfaction with her team’s outstanding performance.

“My job as a coach is to prepare them for the game and see them deliver on the grand final day.

“They did really well. There were some brilliant plays in the attack. Like I always say, the defence was exceptional.”

Veupunama team coach Margaret Opina said that her girls made an exceptional run this season, which brought them to this grand final. She also said they went into this final as underdogs, and regardless of minor errors during the match, she was proud of the teamwork and the courage they displayed.

“I congratulated them for being minor premiers and playing in the grand final,” coach Opina said.

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