The decision was made at PNG Netball’s Annual General Meeting held in Alotau.PNG Netball president Julienne Leka-Maliaki said Babao-O’Neill’s appointment was a timely and positive step for the empowerment and development of women in sport in the country.“It presents great opportunities for PNG Netball to leverage under her ambassadorship and therefore we are excited about this support and the journey ahead,” said Leka-Maliaki.Babao-O’Neill said she was honoured to be the patron of a sport that has a far reaching impact on women and girls.“It has empowered many women and girls producing great role models and allowing our young girls to dream to be the best they can be.“The sport of netball is a platform to have a healthy happy life instilling essential virtues and values,” said Babao-O’Neill.
Tags: FUBA NBL 2018JKL Lady DolphinsUCU Lady Canons JKL’s Nansikombi (9) tries to drible past UCU’s Sarah Ageno (11) as Among Anet looks on (photo by FUBA Media)FUBA Basketball League-Women’s finals (Game two)JKL Lady Dolphis 75-69 UCU Lady CanonsMTN Arena, LugogoFriday, 19-10-2018LUGOGO – Jamila Nansikombi posted a game high 24 points as her JKL Lady Dolphins took care of UCU Lady Canons 75-69 in game two of the FUBA National Basketball League Women’s finals on Friday night at Lugogo.The victory last night means that JKL now take a 2-0 lead in the best of seven series having won game one 70-64 on Wednesday.UCU started strongly, posting the first four points of the contest thanks to Brenda Kayaga’s two quick layups inside the first minute. Despite Dolphin’s Ritah Imanishimwe throwing down a long three to reduce the deficit to one, UCU increased their lead to seven (10-3) with 06:55 on the clock as Kayanga and Sarah Ageno made threes of their own.By the end of the first quarter, UCU were leading by as many as 12 points with the score board reading 23-11.JKL responded immediately with the five points of the second quarter (Flavia Oketcho 2 and Nansikombi 3) en route to winning it 22-12 and in the process reduce UCU’s lead to just two points at half time (33-35).Hope Akello leveled the game for JKL inside the first six seconds of the third and she ensured her side took its first lead in the game with another layup moments later.Despite UCU leveling the game after Rosine Micomyiza’s two with 03:43 to play in the quarter, JKL went on to win it 22-16 and ensure they lead by four (55-51) going into the last 10 minutes.In the fourth, JKL started brightly, posting the first seven points of the quarter and hold a healthy 11 point lead (62-15) with just over nine minutes to play. However, UCU cut the lead to just three after a run of 8-0 with 07:17 on the clock.After Rose Akena’s converted layup two minutes later, the University side moved to within a point of JKL (64-63) but that is the closest they came as they went on to lose the quarter 20-18 and the game 75-69.Akello and Muhayimina Namuwaya who scored 12 points each added 12 and 11 rebounds respectively to post a double double in the victory while Ritah Imanishimwe posted 17 points on the night.For UCU, they also had four players reach double figures in terms of points. Kayaga (11), Sarah Ageno (18), Captain Vilma Achieng (14) and Angela Zianah (11).Game three will be played on Sunday.Comments