Netball league kicks off with Titans victory

The newly registered team Titans Open team had a successful start to their netball season when they defeated United Soulz in the PFL National League on Saturday at the Multipurpose Gym Tuanaimato.

It was a closely fought match between the two teams with Titans always one point ahead in every quarter of the game, until the final quarter of the match to win 17-19 in their first game of the league.

In the first quarter of the match, Soulz was able to secure two points while Titans secured three and in the second quarter, the Titans led again 9-8.

But it was in the third quarter with the Titans continuing to lead with just a point difference, 14-13. Titans came in the last quarter of the game and pressured the United Soulz to earn their first win of the day 19-17.

The two teams have experienced players with Titans’ Anasis Saipele their star shooter while United Soulz had quite a great combination between their goal shooter and their goal attack Hemara Niualuga.

There were few other players who appeared to be playing their first time in a netball match, however, the teams were on fire and having fun on the court.

After their game, the two teams exchanged words of thanks and encouragement for their opponents and handshakes before dispersing.

The Titans captain, Gabrielle Apelu, told United Soulz how grateful they were for the Soulz putting up such a great fight against their new team and was also proud of her girls and their performance.

"It was a great game considering it was our first time playing netball and we won," she said.

"Thank you United Soulz for such a great game, it definitely helps us in our return next week. There is just a lot of work to be done before this league ends."

Attempts by the Samoa Observer to get a comment from United Soulz captain and management were unsuccessful as of press time.

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