2018 Southland Conference Baseball Week Three Notes (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior Andriud Martinez and McNeese junior Cayne Ueckert are the Southland Conference Baseball Players of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Honorable Mention: Hunter Hearn, Sam Houston State; Owen Magee, New Orleans; Daniel Wasinger, Southeastern Louisiana. The Islanders (6-1) currently top the league standings and are on a five-game win streak. They host Houston-Victoria tomorrow at 1 p.m. CT before Utah Valley comes to town for a three-game series beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Pitcher of the Week: Cayne Ueckert, McNeese – Jr. – RHP – Jasper, TexasFollowing a one-hour rain delay after two innings of play, Ueckert entered the game and threw the final seven innings of hitless ball to capture a 1-0 no-hit win over Texas State in Sunday’s series finale. He combined with Adam Goree – who threw the first two innings before the rain delay – in tossing the program’s first no-hitter since 2001 and fifth overall in school history. The Jasper, Texas, native faced 24 batters in his seven innings of work, throwing 96 pitches while striking out five and walking three. Hitter of the Week: Andriud Martinez, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Jr. – 2B – Guatire, VenezuelaMartinez hit his first career home run against UTRGV in a 5-4 win on Feb. 20 and drove in a team-high three runs against No. 21 Mississippi State, including the game winner in the 6-3 victory. He struck out just once in 13 at bats, next to six hits and a walk. Martinez’s efforts earned him MVP honors at the Kleberg Bank College Classic as he helped push the Islanders’ win streak to five. Honorable Mention: Carlisle Koestler, Southeastern Louisiana; Bryan Warzek, New Orleans; Zach Carter, Houston Baptist; Dustin Lacaze, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. McNeese (1-6) hosts No. 21 Mississippi State for a lone matchup on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and stays home for a three-game series against UTSA starting Friday at 6 p.m.
Houston Baptist at McNeese (Saturday Doubleheader)Women’s Basketball: 1 p.m. CTMen’s Basketball: 3:30 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN+Women’s – https://sland.social/HBUMCNwMen’s – https://sland.social/HBUMCNm ESPN appsTalent:Lyn Rollins, play-by-playVan Chancellor, analyst Central Arkansas at Abilene Christian (Saturday Doubleheader)Women’s Basketball: 1 p.m. CTMen’s Basketball: 3:30 p.m. CTOnline:ESPN+Women’s – https://sland.social/UCAACUwMen’s – https://sland.social/UCAACUm ESPN appsTalent:David Saltzman, play-by-playCandi Harvey, analyst FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference Showcase package continues this weekend on ESPN+, featuring a pair of doubleheaders. The Houston Baptist women’s and men’s teams head to McNeese, while squads from Abilene Christian host Central Arkansas.
FRISCO, Texas – McNeese defensive lineman Chris Livings is the 2019 Southland Conference Football Student-Athlete of the Year and the Cowboys’ lone selection to the all-academic team, announced by the league Friday. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. QB Luke Anthony^3 Abilene Christian Dallas, Texas Sr. 3.97 Finance PK Hayden Ray Central Arkansas Bryant, Ark. Jr. 3.34 General Science WR Josh Fink^&2# Abilene Christian Coppell, Texas Sr. 3.81 Financial Management LB Jack Gibbens^& Abilene Christian Bulverde, Texas Sr. 4.00 Accounting LB Hunter Brown Sam Houston State Weston, Fla. Gr. 4.00 Instructional Leadership OL Tyler Edwards Sam Houston State Buna, Texas Gr. 3.75 Kinesiology WR Jerreth Sterns Houston Baptist Waxahachie, Texas So. 3.21 Interdisciplinary Studies LB Brennan Young Houston Baptist Conroe, Texas So. 3.76 Marketing Pos. Name School Hometown Cl. GPA Major DL TJ Wright^ UIW San Antonio, Texas So. 3.85 Rehabilitative Services DB Khristian Mims Nicholls Baton Rouge, La. Sr. 3.20 Computer Info. Services DB Adonis Davis Abilene Christian Bastrop, Texas Sr. 3.00 Kinesiology Three individuals posted perfect 4.00 grade point averages – Zirkle and linebackers Hunter Brown (SHSU) and Jack Gibbens (ACU). Another 10 student-athletes came in with GPAs of 3.75 or higher, and the average GPA of the squad is 3.63. Southland Conference All-Academic Teams are voted upon by the head coach, sports information director and an academic/compliance staff member from each school. Student-Athletes of the Year are voted upon by an awards committee which consists of one administrator from each member school. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. P Matt McRobert* Sam Houston State Berorwa, Australia Gr. 3.20 Sport Management A first-time all-academic honoree, Livings boasts a 3.50 GPA as a graduate student majoring in criminal justice. He was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year after tallying team highs in sacks (9.5) and tackles for loss (12). With 30 career sacks, Livings finished his tenure ranked ninth on the conference’s all-time list. RB Dontrell Taylor^3 Nicholls White Castle, La. Sr. 3.72 Petroleum Services RB Taron Jones Southeastern La. Mandeville, La. So. 3.40 Finance DB Gavin Roland^2 Stephen F. Austin League City, Texas Jr. 3.82 Cellular/Molecular Biology DB Andre Mulinax^ Lamar Fort Worth, Texas Jr. 3.82 Management All 11 programs were represented on the squad, led by five picks for Abilene Christian. Houston Baptist, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana each placed three on the team. Lamar and Nicholls earned a pair of spots, and Central Arkansas, UIW, McNeese and Stephen F. Austin garnered one selection each. OL Jarius Gooch Southeastern La. Water Valley, Miss. Sr. 3.25 Criminal Justice 2019 Southland Football All-Academic Team OL Kade Parmelly^2 Abilene Christian Abilene, Texas Sr. 3.95 Kinesiology DL Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund^&2 Southeastern La. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Sr. 3.81 Exercise Science To be eligible for all-academic distinction, an athlete must hold a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA through the semester prior to the sport’s championship, completed at least one full academic year at the nominating school prior to the current season, and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competitions during the most recently completed season. Student-Athlete of the Year nominees must have at least a 3.20 GPA and have completed at least two years of athletic competition at the nominating school, including the current season. DL Andre Walker*^&3# Houston Baptist Slidell, La. Sr. 3.69 Biochemistry OL Tamatoa Neher Lamar Hauula, Hawaii Sr. 3.30 Exercise Fitness Mgmt. OL Chris Zirkle^3# Northwestern St. League City, Texas Gr. 4.00 Homeland Security 2019 Southland Football Student-Athlete of the Year: Chris Livings, McNeese DL Chris Livings* McNeese Lake Charles, La. Gr. 3.50 Criminal Justice DB Ryan Reed^4 Northwestern St. St. Francisville, La. Sr. 3.62 Industrial Engineering Tech. * Automatic selection; First Team All-Conference^ Automatic selection; CoSIDA Academic All-District& Automatic selection; CoSIDA Academic All-American# Automatic selection; FCS ADA Academic All-Star2 Two-time all-academic selection3 Three-time all-academic selection4 Four-time all-academic selection TE David Fitzwater Northwestern St. Shreveport, La. Jr. 3.79 Applied Science/Health Nine student-athletes are returning all-academic selections, led by four-time honoree Ryan Reed of Northwestern State. ACU quarterback Luke Anthony, Nicholls running back Dontrell Taylor, NSU offensive lineman Chris Zirkle and HBU defensive lineman Andre Walker all landed on the all-academic team for a third time.
Ella Manzer* Southeastern Louisiana C Jr. Alexandria, La. Elise Vincent* Northwestern State OF Sr. Maurice, La. Name School Pos. Class Hometown Brooke Malia* Sam Houston State 2B Jr. Houston, Texas Tiffany Thompson* Sam Houston State SS Sr. Montgomery, Texas Cayla Jones* Northwestern State 2B Jr. Missouri City, Texas Samantha Bradley* Abilene Christian DP Sr. Azle, Texas First Team Jade Lewis* Lamar DP Sr. Mont Belvieu, Texas Megan McDonald* Sam Houston State OF Sr. Georgetown, Texas FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference released its 2020 preseason all-conference softball teams Wednesday morning. Ten schools were represented among the rosters with 24 of the 25 honorees making their way as automatic selections from the 2019 season.Northwestern State leads the way with four picks, including a pair of first teamers in Cayla Jones and E.C. Delafield and second-team honorees Alexis Perry and Elise Vincent. Jones finished the 2019 season ranked third in the league for runs scored (41) and fifth in the league with nine home runs. Delafield ranked tied for third with four triples on the year, while Vincent racked up 18 stolen bases on 21 attempts. Perry added to the Lady Demons’ offense last season with 30 RBI. Perry made her way on the second-team roster as a catcher after being voted on as the lone non-automatic selection.Central Arkansas, McNeese, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana and Stephen F. Austin accounted for three spots each. Abilene Christian and Nicholls tallied two players, while Lamar and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi each registered one selection apiece.The Bears landed a trio on the first team with outfielder Kayla Crutchmer and infielders Kaylyn Shepherd and Cylla Hill. Crutchmer, Hill and Shepherd all finished the season ranked among the league’s top-10 batting averages last year and pushed UCA to the No. 8 seed in the Southland Tournament.First-team pitcher Alexsandra Flores is joined by fellow Cowgirls and second-team picks Cori McCrary and Kaylee Lopez. The Cowgirls’ defense remained stingy throughout the 2019 campaign and led the conference with 1,379 putouts and 31 double plays. After finishing regular-season play in third place, McNeese made a postseason run with a 3-2 record in the National Invitational Softball Championship (NISC).Tiffany Thompson and Megan McDonald pave the way for the reigning regular-season and Southland Tournament champion Bearkats. Brooke Malia rounds out the three Sam Houston State preseason honorees after hammering the game-winning two-run homer over Nicholls to secure the conference tournament title for the Kats. Thompson was also key for SHSU’s 2019 postseason bid after hitting a two-run shot over center field to defeat Texas in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, the Bearkats’ second regional victory in school history. McDonald made 57 starts on 58 appearances and ranked second on the SHSU squad with a .299 average at the plate.Southeastern Louisiana also landed three players on the first-team in Ella Manzer, Madisen Blackford and Alley McDonald. The trio return for a Lady Lions squad that led the conference with 465 hits, 300 runs and a .301 team-batting average. Manzer, who is entering her junior season, was tabbed an all-conference and all-region selection during her sophomore season. McDonald will lead the Lady Lions from inside the circle after ringing up a team-best 44 strikeouts and a 13-7 record last season. Among SLU’s returning roster, Blackford led the Lady Lions last year with 32 runs on 39 hits.The Ladyjacks placed three players on the preseason rosters, led by sophomore first-team pitcher Kassidy Wilbur. Wilbur will look to build upon her Southland Freshman of the Year season when she ranked second in the league with 256 strikeouts over 229.2 innings and a .206 opposing batting average. She is joined by second-team selections Bryana Novegil and Ashley Kriesel who also earned automatic preseason distinctions after helping the SFA squad to an 18-9 Southland record last year.Abilene Christian added a pair of players to the second-team roster in Samantha Bradley and Linsey Tomlinson. The pair return for the Wildcats after combining for 42 RBI during 2019.Samantha Dares and Caitlin Garcia are back in action for the Colonels as preseason second-team all-conference members. The Nicholls duo was part of the Southland Tournament runner-up squad that pushed the Bearkats to seven innings in the championship matchup. Dares and Garcia helped the Colonels to a 21-6 conference mark and a No. 2 seed in the Southland tournament.Lamar’s Jade Lewis holds a spot on the first team after clinching Newcomer of the Year and all-conference honors for the Cardinals during the 2019 season. Lewis returns to the diamond after leading her LU squad with a 22 RBI, three home runs and a .313 batting average.Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Sammi Thomas rounds out the preseason roster with a second-team spot at the utility player position. Thomas accounted for a team-best 19 runs and seven home runs for the Islanders during her freshman campaign.The 2020 season begins Thursday, Feb. 6 with Central Arkansas traveling to Baton Rouge to take on LSU in a 6 p.m. showdown. Nine more schools open up their schedules Friday, Feb. 7, while the remaining two schools begin Saturday, Feb. 8.The preseason all-conference teams are voted upon by the league’s head coaches. Returning players from the 2019 All-Conference First and Second teams are automatically named to the 2020 Preseason All-Conference teams at their respective positions. Second and third team players are elevated to first and second teams if the slot is vacated by a non-returning player at the same position. Kayla Crutchmer* Central Arkansas OF Sr. Tulsa, Okla. Second Team Kassidy Wilbur* Stephen F. Austin P So. Bridge City, Texas Ashley Kriesel* Stephen F. Austin P Jr. Houston, Texas Kaylyn Shepherd* Central Arkansas 1B Sr. Mechanicsville, Va. Bryana Novegil* Stephen F. Austin 2B Jr. Houston, Texas Madisen Blackford* Southeastern Louisiana OF Jr. Des Moines, Iowa Name School Pos. Class Hometown Caitlin Garcia* Nicholls 3B Jr. Spring, Texas Alley McDonald* Southeastern Louisiana P Sr. Whitehouse, Tenn. Cori McCrary* McNeese SS Sr. McCarley, Miss. Alexsandra Flores* McNeese P Sr. Lufkin, Texas Sammi Thomas* Texas A&M-Corpus Christi UT So. Buford, Ga. Cylla Hill* Central Arkansas 3B Sr. Henryetta, Okla. Kaylee Lopez* McNeese OF So. Indian Bayou, La. E.C. Delafield* Northwestern State UT Jr. Stonewall, La. Alexis Perry Northwestern State C So. Wylie, Texas Linsey Tomlinson* Abilene Christian OF Sr. Huffman, Texas Samantha Dares* Nicholls 1B Sr. Metairie, La. *2019 All-Conference Selection
Classy Cistron Comes Off Bench & Rallies To Win Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes By A Head Under Espinoza; Trained By Sadler, He Gets 5 ½ Furlongs On Turf In 1:02.68ARCADIA, Calif. (March 21, 2020)–Idle since winning a Grade I stakes on dirt last July, Hronis Racing’s Cistron got a perfect stalk and pounce trip in winning Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes by a head under Victor Espinoza. Trained by John Sadler, the 6-year-old full horse by The Factor got 5 ½ furlongs over a Santa Anita turf listed as “good” in 1:02.68.Breaking sharply from post position four in a field of seven, Cistron was immediately engaged by the 5-year-old mare Surrender Now in the run to the far turn. Espinoza bided his time, allowing heavily favored Bound for Nowhere to challenge the leader around the far turn. Turning for home, Cistron angled three-deep off the rail and was up in time to claim victory over Bound for Nowhere, who had shipped in from Northern Kentucky.“It’s all about timing and confidence,” said Espinoza, who had guided Cistron to a pair of graded stakes wins in his last three starts, most recently the Grade I Bing Crosby at Del Mar on July 27. “I know this is a good horse and he broke sharp, but when that mare outside of me went so fast, I thought I didn’t want to empty the tank too early. I gambled a little bit and it worked out great.”Off as the 4-1 second choice in a field of seven older runners, Cistron paid $10.80, $3.40 and $2.80.A close second four starts back in last year’s San Simeon when run at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, Cistron, who is out of the Officer mare Major Allie, now has three graded stakes wins from an overall mark of 28-6-7-6. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $760,719.“He’s been away since last summer and we needed a spot to run him in,” said Juan Leyva, assistant to Sadler. “He’s run well on the grass before and with this race being 5 ½ (furlongs) instead of five, we thought it would be okay. It’s great to have him back and get him going again.”Idle since Oct. 25 at Belmont Park and headquartered with trainer Wesley Ward at Turfway Park, highly accomplished Bound for Nowhere was second best on the day under Drayden Van Dyke, who picked up the mount from regular rider Julio Garcia, who was unable to ride today.The heavy favorite at 1-2, Bound for Nowhere paid $2.40 and $2.10 while finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Murad Khan.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, French-bred Murad Khan rallied from off the pace to prevail over King of Speed by a half length. Off at 7-1, Murad Khan paid $2.80 to show.Pacesetter Surrender Now tired through the drive and checked in last, beaten about 6 ½ lengths.Fractions on the race were 22.08, 44.91 and 56.64.
Little more than a week after making his Test debut for New Zealand, Penrith’s Isaac John has had his season cut short by injury.John, who played at five-eighth in the Kiwis’ loss to Australia earlier this month, ruptured his achilles in the Panthers’ NSW Cup win over Newcastle on Saturday.The 25-year-old had to be carried off the field after going down awkwardly in a tackle just two minutes into the match.He will have surgery to repair the tendon, forcing him out of the remainder of the 2014 campaign.”Ruptured Achilles. Operation needed out for the season. Gutted won’t be wearing the panthers jersey again. 😀 be there riding them home,” John tweeted on Monday.John has played three first-grade matches for Penrith this season, scoring a try in his last appearance against Parramatta on March 29. – NRL.com
The school won the Under 13 boys, Under 15 boys and Under 15 girls divisions ahead of St Theresa’s Primary and hosts Pari Primary in the grand final.Sevese Morea beat Pari in all three divisions while in the Under 13 girls division, Pari overcame St Theresa’s by seven wickets.Cricket PNG regional cricket manager-NCD Lista Oala said in a statement from CPNG that it was a great day enjoyed by all and there were definitely some talent out there.Oala thanked the Pari community and the three competing schools, especially St Theresa’s Primary School who travelled to compete in this competition. The BSP School Kriket Program has reached over 9,000 boys and girls, across seven schools in NCD in Term 2.CPNG is aiming to reach a target of 150,000 participants for the third consecutive year across PNG.
PACNEWS Following an impressive showing from their karetekas yesterday, they were able to keep the momentum going with a commanding display that cements their fourth place spot on the overall medals table.Joji Veremalua claimed the men’s under 75 kilograms individual kumite honours with victory over Honoiti Lien of Tahiti, while Tumu Lango continued Vanuatu’s recent medal rush with bronze.New Caledonia’s Iwe Rene Hmana was the other athlete who clinched a podium finish, taking bronze. The women’s under 61kg individual kumite title went the way of Fiji as Adi Drodrolagi Kidia overcame the challenge of Papua New Guinea’s Catherine Wilson, much to the disappointment of the majority of the crowd inside the venue.No bronze medals were awarded in Kidia’s category due to a lack of competitors in the event.As well as their individual successes, Fiji were able to sweep the podium in both the men’s and women’s team kumite competitions.The men, comprised of Alexander Darroch, James and Peter Lenoa, Sandip Pala, Tevita Tamanigaunatawamudu and Joji Veremalua edged out New Caledonia, who have been their closest rivals throughout the karate competition, while Papua New Guinea were third.Fiji’s women also reigned supreme as they finished ahead of the host nation, who had to settle for silver, while New Caledonia could manage only bronze.The vociferous home crowd were given something to cheer in the men’s under 60kg individual kumite category as PNigel Bana secured the title, beating Sandip Pala of Fiji to gold.Stephen Manaruru won the bronze medal and was joined on the podium by New Caledonia’s Jean-Emmanuel Faure.New Caledonia were able to scoop a double on the final day as they were victorious in both the men’s and women’s open kumite categories.Frederic Roumagne proved too strong for the rest of the field in the men’s event, beating Vanuatu’s Tumu Lango, with Ishmael Stanley of Papua New Guinea claiming bronze alongside Anapa Otcenasek.The women’s gold medal went to Morane Vacher, who clinched the Pacific Games crown in front of Taihiti’s Vaitiare Tehaameamea to add a further gold to the ever-growing New Caledonia medal tally.They are in hot pursuit of hosts Papua New Guinea at the summit of the overall leaderboard and Doris Karomo extended their bronze medal count, with Vamule Lango doing the same for Vanuatu.
Speaking at the opening of the 128th Session of the IOC Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, President Bach said approval of the Olympic Agenda 2020 last December are already revealing positive signs fo the Olympic Movement.“Olympic Agenda 2020 gives us a clear vision of where we are headed, how we can protect the uniqueness of the Olympic Games and strengthen Olympic values in society. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you, my dear colleagues and friends, IOC Members, but also Presidents of International Federations and National Olympic Committees for your support and enthusiasm with which you have embraced the Olympic Agenda 2020 over the last seven months.” President Bach said IOC should focus on the road ahead with the same energy and passion as when they approved the Olympic Agenda 2020.“We all can do so with great confidence, because we see already today how positively these reforms are shaping the present and the future of the entire Olympic Movement. “Tomorrow (today) you will elect the Host City for the Olympic Winter Games 2022. This will be the last vote on a candidature procedure which started before the approval of Olympic Agenda 2020. Even more I would like to applaud both Candidate Cities, Almaty and Beijing, for having taken major recommendations into account already.”The Candidate Cities had made presentations at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne a fortnight ago prior to coming to Malaysia.Bach says the bids are already reflecting positive aspects of the Olympic Agenda 2020.“Even if the 2022 candidatures are the last pre-Olympic Agenda 2020 ones, they have already succeeded in reducing the infrastructure budgets to 1.5 and 1.85 billion US dollars respectively. But it is not only about reducing budgets. They did so by choosing more sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions. Therefore from these investments generations to come will benefit.”He said the Evaluation Commission under the Chairmanship of Alexander Zhukov has analysed both bids through this lens of Olympic Agenda 2020, clearly highlighting both opportunities and risks for all assessment criteria. The agenda according to President Bach addresses sustainability in a holistic way. “We have offered all our future host cities to benefit from these reforms already now. The Organising Committee of Tokyo 2020 has embraced this opportunity in a remarkable way. “Together with our Coordination Commission chaired by Vice-President John Coates, the Games project was reviewed in cooperation with the representatives of the International Federations who play an always more important role in the delivery of Olympic Games. With this joint effort we have achieved within seven months savings of 1.7 billion US dollars and some hundreds of millions more in the pipeline without jeopardising the atmosphere of the Olympic Games. “This is what Olympic Agenda 2020 means for all of us. “The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year will give another great example of the legacy of the Olympic Games. As the Organising Committee and the Mayor have recently stated: seven billion euros is being invested into sustainable long-term infrastructure projects, like 150 kilometres of new express bus lanes, a new metro line and the transformation of the old port area to name but a few. From this investment generations of Brazilians will benefit. “Our Brazilian friends know that they cannot slow down their great efforts, that there is no time to lose. But knowing about the challenges is an important step to overcoming them. “Therefore we all together can look forward with great anticipation to the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016. Our Brazilian hosts will deliver excellent Games with the Brazilian combination of passion, a joy of living and efficiency at the same time.” The IOC President is adamant the Olympic Movement has a right future. “Our recent success in marketing and TV-rights negotiations with many long-term contracts demonstrate that also our partners have such great confidence in the IOC and the direction we are taking.” He said another proof is the bidding procedure for the Olympic Games 2024. These candidates will be the first ones to fully benefit from the philosophy change in the bidding process – turning it from an application for a franchise to an invitation to present to IOC and the world their view on the sustainable organisation of Olympic Games. After having benefited from the consultation with the IOC in this newly created invitation phase five NOCs have already committed themselves to a candidature: France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, USA. All of them have made it very clear that the wide-ranging reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020 played a decisive role in their decision about presenting a candidature. “We welcome them all here among us. We invite you to continue this close cooperation with us in order to have creative, diverse, authentic and sustainable candidatures. “This is what Olympic Agenda 2020 means for all of us.”
This news was confirmed this week by PNG Netball Federation president Julienne Leka who said the championships will be run by the Alotau Netball Association.“The week-long event will be held from September 21st -26th with the junior competition to be held from September 21st – 23rd. The senior Tournament will run from the 25th – 26th.Leka said that this year’s tournament is expected to be attended by all affiliated associations from the Southern, Momase and the New Guinea Islands regions. “This year’s championships will focus on the junior tournament with emphasis on the selection of a strong U21 training squad which will commence training in November after the championships in preparations for the 2017 World Youth Championships in Botswana, Africa.“PNG Netball would like to encourage all member associations attending this event to send its best and potential players who can make the U21 training squad,” said Leka.