Netball She was overjoyed with tears rolling down her cheeks after the NAS Telstars won their 40th premiership title in the Port Moresby Netball Association premier division. The win also coincided with the Telstars 53rd anniversary which will be celebrated this year. Winning the premiership is history for the club, itself. She is the founder and coach of the Telstars club, Veitu Diro who said after the Grand Final that no other clubs will reach that figure. She said, they worked hard all season and this win was the result of the hard work. Telstars had wrapped up their 40th Port Moresby netball premiership in classy fashion on August 31 at Rita Flynn indoor netball courts. And their 41-36 win capped off an unbeaten run for the red and white this year. But like the true champions, that they were, Telstars had to come from behind to notch the crown from a fired up Credit Corporation Sparrows. Trailing by three points at first quarter time11-8 after the Sparrows had dictated the terms of the game early, the Stars turned on the power in a match winning performance in the second quarter. Telstars clicked into action and Sparrows suddenly found themselves at the receiving end of an onslaught. Telstars began to dictate the proceedings with young Boio Peter and her midcourt combination dominating and repeatedly setting up the shooters who suddenly found their mark. Lanky shooter Gamini Koroka and young Eva Aua led the way as Telstars completely took control, scoring points. In the final quarter was battle of supremacy with the birds giving everything they had and even though the Telstars now had a fiery combination of Aua goal attack and goal shooter Koroka, the Sparrows players were unstoppable as centre Nerrie Adula fired out passes from everywhere to her attacking players who were now psyched up and netted goal after goal to slowly bridge the gap. Sparrows young shooters Mary Rex Leka never looked back as she hit the ring at will while Telstars Julianne Diro and Raka Nope watched on unable to minimize the damage. It was nail-biting last quarter as Sparrows’ surge paid dividends for in the attack department, scoring 12 goals to Telstars 10. But it was a case of too little too late and Telstars although outscored in the final term had done enough early to have the last laugh. Diro also said that she had faith and confidence in all her players from the start and knew that would do it. She said this could be her last time coaching the side but would be helping wherever possible but if you ask her who has played more grand finals for the club, it would Lydia Veali who had started playing in 1983 under Demons before the club’s name changed to Telstars. Her last game played was in 2005 against Paramana. Diro also said thank her husband Ted Diro, David Aua and Toka Aua for supporting the club.
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