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Champs defend title

Maciu Malo
Sunday, August 24, 2014

LAUTOKA successfully defended the B division title beating Suva 28-15 in the Digicel Punjas Netball Championship final at Lautoka's multi-purpose court yesterday.

The Torika Butani-coached side bounced back from its 10-22 pool game loss to overcome the Capital City girls.

Sharp shooter Joana Kunabere was the toast of the host team scoring 85 per cent of her shots at goal to give her side the much needed win.

Kunabere was ably supported by talented Iliseva Drasuna to deny the visitors the win.

Butani said the win was special to the team.

"Winning the title for two years in a row is special," the former national rep said.

"And to beat Suva at home is sweet.

"I thanked the girls for their effort."

Butani said the pool game loss to Suva inspired her netters to win the final.

"Miscommunication between the players on Day One affected our performance," she said.

"We regrouped in the second game and the girls improved on their mistakes.

"Also some tactical changes in the third quarter made the difference."

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