Wapda off to flying start at national netball

ISLAMABAD: Wapda took an excellent start to both men’s and women’s events of the 20th National Netball Championship that started here at Hamidi Hall of the Pakistan Sports Complex on Sunday.

Wapda, the defending champions of both men’s and women’s events, showed brilliant performance winning all their matches of the day. In the men’s event, Wapda thumped Gilgit-Baltistan 40-16 while in the women’s section they outclassed Gilgit-Baltistan 33-2 and Azad Kashmir 48-1.

Overall eight matches were decided on the opening day.

In another match of the men’s event, PAF beat Punjab 32-22. In women’s games, Sindh defeated Islamabad by 29-9, Army outplayed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 35-4 while Punjab beat Elite 27-17.

Chairman PTI Standing Committee (Accountability and Discipline), Suleman Aftab inaugurated the championship. Pakistan Netball Federation president Mudassar Arain, vice-president Sameen Malik, secretary general Syed Gohar Raza and Islamabad Netball Association president Jibran-uz-Zaman and a large number of fans were present on the occasion.

Fifteen teams from across the country are taking part in the national championship — Army, PAF, Navy, Wapda, Pakistan Police, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Pakistan Board, Punjab, Elite, S A Gardan and Islamabad.

The quarter-finals and semi-finals will be played on June 29, while the finals will be held on Wednesday.

Published in Dawn, June 28th, 2021

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