Netball PNG’s High Performance Coordinator, Mona-Lisa Leka, said the PNG Pepes are currently ranked 15th in the world and need to participate in strategic ranking international events between now and April 2017. This is to make the 12-member team cut for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
She said Netball PNG has plans to host at least two international test series over the next 6 months in Port Moresby to qualify for the Commonwealth Games.
“We are optimistic of our chances of making the 12-team cut for the Commonwealth Games but we will need the financial backing and support from the government and corporate sector,” said Leka.
President of Netball PNG, Julienne Leka-Maliaki, added that it has been a challenging time for the board in trying to secure sponsorship for the national teams – the Pepes and the U21 PNG team.