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Netball Nations Cup: PNG Pepes Lose to Singapore

By Tere Alex – EMTV, Port Moresby

The PNG girls, PNG Pepes disappointedly went down to host and the Asian champions Singapore 47-42 in the opening game of the Netball Nations Cup played yesterday.

It was not until third quarter, when the world ranked 17th PNG Pepes turned around a six- goal halftime deficit to give the host nation a scare.

Pepes were fired up in the final quarter with ball possession and a lead they soon relinquished.  Uncertain shooting saw veteran Lua Rikis, youngster Jeperth Tulapi and Rayleen Andrew combine for a 63 percent conversion rate.

Head Coach Unaisi Rokoura pointed out the mistakes but it was a well-structured game.

“A pretty good start for us. We have been working hard in preparation for this and we wanted to play a very structured game. It was our own mistakes that caused us to give away unnecessary penalties but generally a good performance to start the week.”

Pepes played Samoa today and will play Malaysia tomorrow and Ireland on Wednesday. Host nation Singapore, Samoa and Botswana are leading the League table.

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