The Men’s Championship culminated in an exhilarating triumph as 12 teams from across the nation clashed in a fierce two-day tournament held at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.
The grand finale featured a thrilling Suva Netball contest between Suva clubs, CBM and Alumni, as they vied for the title. In an electric showdown, Alumni emerged victorious with a score of 23-17.
In the third and fourth place playoffs, teams from the Sugar City, Sekoula and Lautoka Tailevu, battled it out. Sekoula managed to secure third place with a narrow 19-18 victory.
Kalabu, a team from the Nasinu Netball Association, claimed fifth place by defeating Saints from Navosa with a commanding score of 35-13. Meanwhile, Salad Bowl from the Nadroga Netball Association secured seventh place by beating Lyndhurst from Nasinu with a score of 31-8. The newly formed Highlanders from the Naitasiri Netball Association clinched nineth place by edging out Vixens from Tailevu.
One of the youngest teams in the competition, Stone Watch from Ra, captivated the crowd with their fast-paced style of netball. Comprising secondary school students, the team finished in eleventh place after defeating Golden Canary from Nasinu with a score of 25-19.
Netball Fiji CEO, Vivian Koster, expressed her satisfaction with the tournament, stating that it provided an ideal platform to showcase talent at the community level.
“This tournament has witnessed the emergence of many young prospects. The young men from Ra showcased flair and a distinctive style of play, as did the young players from Naitasiri. This competition serves as a platform for nurturing upcoming talents,” said Ms. Koster.
“It also provides an opportunity for selectors to observe a wider pool of players. Netball Fiji has submitted an Expression of Interest to compete in the Men’s Fast5 Netball World Series, and should we be selected, we aim to assemble a competitive team.”