Australian success in first tour of PNG
Australia have capped off a brilliant week in Papua New Guinea, winning both the Mens and Mixed series.
The Sir John Guise stadium in Port Moresby was in full voice over the three days of competition, as the two countries battled it out in the inaugural Trans Pacific Cup.
The Australian Mens Reserve side made a clean sweep of the series, winning by margins of 39, 26 and 32, whilst the Australian Mixed Reserve team had to fight hard for their 2-1 series win. Papua New Guinea claimed the third test in a thriller after pushing Australia all the way in the first two matches.
Australian tour manager Karen Wild said the tour was a huge success.
“It brought the two countries closer together and we shared great experiences on and off the court – the athletes, coaches, managers, staff and umpires.
” We thoroughly enjoyed sharing our knowledge with the locals at the school clinics also.
” I know AMMNA and Papua New Guinea are keen to grow this relationship and we can’t wait to start planning for what’s next.
“It was a brilliant experience.”
Mens Reserve coach Kim Kiely echoed the same sentiments.
“The experience to both the players and management team was something I hope they cherish for the rest of their playing and netball involvement.
“Although the scoreboard didn’t reflect how physically tough these matches were, against a fast and aerial PNG team, I can assure you that the players all worked hard for the wins.”
David O’Hare was proud of the Mixed Reserve teams’ efforts across the tour.
“I was thrilled with the performance of our Australian Mixed Reserve team against quality PNG opposition and very happy to have won the series.
“The trip was a success from start to finish.”
There is more Australian mens and mixed netball action later this year, with the 17 & Under and 35 & Over teams heading to Wellington next week for the New Zealand Mens Nationals and the 2018 Trans Tasman Cup taking place in Adelaide in late October.
2018 Trans Pacific tour results
Australia Mens Reserve def Papua New Guinea Maleos 3-0
Test 1 – Australia 65 def PNG 26 (13-4, 33-9, 47-17, 65-26)
Test 2 – Australia 60 def PNG 34 (18-6, 28-16, 44-23, 60-34)
Test 3 – Australia 60 def PNG 28 (17-5, 33-10, 47-15, 60-28)
Australia Mixed Reserve def Papua New Guinea Maleos 2-1
Test 1 – Australia 41 def PNG 31 (14-9, 29-17, 33-26, 41-31)
Test 2 – Australia 41 def PNG 38 (8-10, 19-18, 28-26, 41-38)
Test 3 – PNG 44 def Australia 35 (8-10, 21-18, 32-25, 44-35)
Australian Mens Reserves team
James Adams (TAS)
Taurin Eimermacher (VIC)
Patrick Griffin (QLD)
Caleb Herman (QLD)
Joshua Logan (QLD)
Antoni Murray (WA)
Bryce Rowley (VIC)
Levita Talolua (NSW)
Griff Thomas (WA)
Andrew Williams (QLD)
Coach: Kim Kiely
Manager: Narelle Costello
Australian Mixed Reserves team
Brittany Berry (NSW)
Kate Patterson (VIC)
Colin Croft (VIC)
Matt Gauci (NSW)
Alex Green (VIC)
Jonathan Jagger (QLD)
Maddison Kirk (NSW)
Carly Symons (ACT)
Tamara Weatherburn (ACT)
Angela Williams (NSW)
Kyle Young (VIC)
Coach: David O’Hare
Manager: Karen Wild
Trainers: Andrew Cameron and Vanessa Alvaro
Umpires: Carly Brown and Kylie Pearce.