PORT MORESBY - Snax Mermaids have broken a 10 year drought, to reach the grand final of the Port Moresby Netball Premiere Division.
Under the watchful eyes of coach Pole Kassman, Mermaids outscored Sparrows by 11 points to standby for the grand final.
Snax Mermaids took the court as favorites against Digicel Sparrows in the first and second play offs in the premiere division of the Port Moresby Netball Competition.
A win for either team would mean a grand final appearance, and Mermaids got down to business right from the starting whistle through their shooting combination of Rachael Kapi and workaholic, Rayleen Andrews.
Sparrows kept their calm and played attack right to the goal circle. Jacqueline Lahari led Sparrows shooters under some heavy defense from Mermaids defensive duo, Kapu and Nancy Kapi.
Sparrows’ ever-reliable defender, Kilala Owen watched for the loose balls and collected where she could.
Both teams tried to match up in the midcourt but the telling factor at the end of the day was the accuracy of the shooters.
Mermaids worked hard in defense and attack, and plotted goals when it mattered the most.
Sparrows tried in vain to slow down play in the midcourt, but Mermaids swam past their defense to run away with the match 34-23.
The last time Mermaids made a grand final appearance was in 2003, and no doubt they will be hungry to repeat that once more. [EMTV]