A TACTICAL change by the Police service women's team saw them beat Army 38-26 in the BSP Life Sukuna Bowl 2012 netball competition at the National Netball Centre in Laucala yesterday.
The Elesi Waqa-led Police, which has been winning the duel for the past several years, were brought down to the wire by a powerful Army side but a positional change at the break saw the law enforcers run away with a convincing victory.
Fiji netball rep Waqa started at centre but was moved to goal attack in the second half after Army came neck and neck with Police in their bid to claim the title.
"The scores were really close at the break so we decided to make some positional changes and it paid off in the end," Waqa said.
"We faced a tough challenge as Army players were very physical but hats off to the team for holding on and coming out victors."
The Police team had players playing together for most of this season under the Nasinu Netball Association competition.
Waqa said they started their preparation for the Sukuna Bowl a month ago but the combination they had set during the club competition played a major role in their win yesterday.
"I'm the only national rep and Western player in the team. The rest are policewomen mostly from Suva," she said.
"The club competition helped us a lot in the build-up."