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Champs out to defend title

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, July 13, 2014

CHAMPIONS CBM I thrashed Tabuya Gold 37-12 in the NewWorld Suva Netball Association semi-final at the National Netball Centre yesterday to book its place in the final.

The top side in the super grade competition will meet Lomaiviti Grads in the final in two weeks time. Lomaiviti Grads defeated Veiyasana Cactus 16-12 in the other semis.

The Unaisi Rokoura-coached CBM I with the likes of shooters Unaisi Rauluni and Maria Lutua, dynamic centre Taufa Taga and tough defender Lusi Robanakadavu is the hot favourites for the title.

Lomaiviti Grads is a young side led by national skipper Matila Waqanidrola and ably supported by the Koyamainavure sisters Lyn, Mili and Lela.

Suva Netball club games co-ordinator Tanya Vatubua predicts a close final.

"It will be a very close and physical game. CBM I have all its top players back and Lomaiviti Grads is a young but very formidable side," Vatubua said.

"All the grade finals will be close considering the semi-final results."

Vatubua said they would be hosting the NewWorld Cup challenge which would feature top teams from the neighbouring districts next weekend.

She said top two men's and women's clubs from Lautoka, Nadi, Tailevu, Navosa and Nasinu would be participating in this challenge.

"Last year, we had only women's teams competing in this challenge. We will field four men's and four women's teams in this competition that will compete for $1000 prizemoney in each division."

Results:

Veiyasana Cactus 12 Lomaiviti Grads 16 (Super), USP Reefs 14 Rovers 15 (Major), Bulavou II 10 USP Mermaids 0 (Premier), USP Waives 12 Lomaiviti Dynamics 16 (Major), CBM III 20 Lami Netters 12 (Development), CBM Green 8 Veiyasana Gardenias 13 (Major), Waivure Titans 9 Breakthru CMF 19 (Development); Veiyasana Violets 18 CBM II 15 (Premier), Navy Wives 14 CBM Masters 19 (Rookies), Our Lady of Lourdes 17 Veiyasana Blossoms 19 Minor), Rovers Mystiques 9 Fulton Hogan 26 (Rookies); Lomaiviti Princess 17 Veiyasana Orchids 15 Development), Wakanisila 12 Tabuya Blues 13 (Premier), Rovers 10 Wardens 21 (Super), Kadavu 20 Tovata 3 (Premier); Lomaiviti Divas 21 Uluinakau Netters 10 (Minor), CBM I 37 Tabuya Gold 12 (Super), Kookai 10 CBM Gold 26 (Major)





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