PNG Pepes

Pepes open trials next month

The trials are set to run from January 20th to the 21st at the Rita Flynn netball courts.

Trials will run from 8am to 4pm daily.

Meantime word from Netball PNG is that further information will be circulated shortly via all media outlets.

The 2019 Netball World Cup itself will be held in Liverpool, England.

PNG Pepes captain calls it a day

Rikis led the young netball team to the VAN2017 games, taking out gold by beating a physical Tongan outfit.

President of the PNG Netball Federation has gone on to say that it is a fine way to finish off a colourful career with a golden bang.

She said Rikis has been a role model now and will always be for aspiring netballers.

The gold medal winning performance was her final duty as captain of the PNG Pepes.

Rikis has over 50 international match experience as a goal keeper and more so as a goal shooter in recent times.

PNG Pepes take out gold

Pepes’ young side were pushed to the edge by a very physical Tongan netball side.

The gold medal play off in the netball finals at the VAN2017 Pacific Mini Games was between PNG and Tonga – both teams undefeated.

Tonga took on Solomon Islands in their first encounter while PNG took on Vanuatu…this time though, the two nations came out with all guns blazing.

Tonga had the bigger and taller players, causing PNG to trail in the opening quarter 17 goals to 12.

Over K13,000 raised for PNG Pepes

10 teams participated in the fundraiser that included Credit Corporation, PNG Ports, Bank South Pacific and Steamships.

Netball PNG president, Julienne Leka, expressed her thanks for the support shown from the government and corporate sector.

“This is something new that we wanted to try. It’s been a fantastic day and we’re looking to make this an annual event.”

Wing-attack for the PNG Pepes, Jacklyn Lahari, said preparations for the Pacific Mini Games are going well.

Fundraiser for Pepes this Saturday

“The key objective is to raise funds to support our national netball team’s participation at its forthcoming international commitments, including the 2017 Pacific Mini Games Vanuatu and the World Cup Qualifier in Auckland, New Zealand, scheduled for April 2018,” said Netball PNG president, Julienne Leka.

“We hope you or your good company can support this worthy cause by registering a 4-member team at K1,500/per team.”

Mona-Lisa Leka can be contacted on 7190 7775 for finer details on registration and other relevant information.

Pepes to take on Maleos this weekend

The event will be a fundraiser to help send the national mixed and men’s netball team to take part in international competitions.

At the same time, it will be used to showcase that netball is no longer just a sport played by women.

There will be two exhibition matches on the day with the Maleos to take on the All Star Mixed Team followed by the showdown with the Pepes.

Netball match to promote hand washing

The match played at the Rita Flynn courts yesterday was attended by Australian Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove.

The main aim of the partnership is to improve grassroots sports participation; to improve hygiene behaviours alongside access to safe water and sanitation; and the participation and leadership of women and girls.

President, Julienne Leka Maliaki said Netball PNG was grateful for the opportunity to promote this partnership which is fundamental to rural communities.

Six PNG netballers off to Singapore

The six, who are current PNG Pepes players were selected by Netball Singapore to play in the elite domestic competition.

They have all been slotted into teams, with two to one team.

Kilala Owen- Magic Marlins

Shanna Dringo- Magic Marlins

Jacklyn Lahari- Fier Orcas

Tau Iga Galewa- Fier Orcas

Jeperth Tulapi- SRC Barracudas

Marie Ottio- SRC Barracudas

Chair of Netball PNG, Julienne Leka Maliaki expressed her gratitude to Netball Singapore.

Palais encouraged to follow core values

The players were encouraged by PNG Pepes team captain Lua Rikis during their farewell today by the High Performance Sport Southern Centre for Excellence. 

Palais depart the country this week to play at two events at Fiji in November.

The 15s team will play against Fiji on November 5 to qualify for the World Cup Qualifier.

The 7s team will participate at the Oceania Sevens Championship from November 11-12 against Fiji, Australia, Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga and the Solomon Islands.

Pepes with 3 from 4 wins so far

The Pepes started off their campaign on a high, thrashing Canada 73-30 on Monday afternoon.

On day two, the Pepes went down to Zambia 61-45.

But the Pepes bounced back in the last two days of competition with a narrow 51-40 win over Botswana and then belting Singapore 61 – 37 last night.

Pepes coach, Unaisi Soroinikula Rokoura, stressed on the importance of being more consistent after the win against Singapore.

“We had a strong start and full concentration – the second quarter made a difference. We need to be more consistent,” said Rokoura.