PNG netball to upgrade new structure

PNG Netball has reviewed its domestic competition structure which has remained the same for the last 30 years and it is time to lift the standard of the game in the country.

The new-look structure which will be released soon, will give rise to equal participation at all levels of the game.

This includes high performing athletes, school age athletes, community and national level participation.

New events will include a national netball league for high performing athletes, national schools program, men’s & mixed netball, fast five netball, junior national titles and senior national titles.

PNG Netball President Julienne Leka-Maliaki says the endorsement of the new PNG Mixed and Men’s Netball Association (PNG MMNA) is the beginning of this transformation.

She says this will give rise to equal participation opportunities for male players and female players outside the mainstream High Performance Program.

She starts that the inclusion of a Premier Men’s League Competition will coincide with the open selection trials for PNG’s first National Men’s and Mixed team to take part in the Australian Nationals in 2017.

PNG MMNA plans to expand its membership to reach out to other key locations in PNG in the near future.

Quintina Naime