Sparrows forfeit Mermaids in POMNA grand final

Credit Corporation Sparrows had the easiest of wins after forfeiting Snax Mermaids in the Tier 1 Premier Division grand final of the Port Moresby Netball Association.

The Sparrows turned up last night to the indoor courts at Rita Flynn for the main game and were declared winners after a no-show from their opponents- and in doing so created history.

Club President, Pole Kassman explained her team did not take the courts over an appeal lodged to the POMNA regarding movement of players.

“The intention is to protect fair play allowing players of similar levels to be protected from unfair movement of stronger players to lower grades.

She said that it was important that the club made a stand on principle and protest over what was in her view a clear and simple breach of competition rules.

President of Sparrows, Lawrence Lahari expressed his disappointment.

“We were absolutely disappointed to win the grand final on technicality in front of a big crowd and the sponsors.” 

President of the POMNA, Roy Mulina spoke briefly on last night’s forfeit.

“We went according to the draw and there are rules set in place if a team doesn’t turn up to play,” said Mulina.

Troy Taule
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