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Silver lining to PNG Lewas tournament hopes

Coach Rodney Maha will be assisted by former Australian coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick and said that the team is excited about the opportunity to reclaim the number one ranking in the region.

Silver lining to PNG Lewas tournament hopes - Cricket News
“The Lewas have been very focused during training sessions for the past four months and we are confident with their progress.”
The Papua New Guinea Lewas are using the memory of their silver medal at last year’s Pacific Games as motivation for the upcoming 2016 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier – East Asia-Pacific.
 
They were unable to back up their 2014 victory over Japan at the ICC EAP Women’s Trophy with a Pacific Games gold medal in 2015, going down to this year’s tournament hosts Samoa in the final. Adding to the pain is the memory of that loss being in front of a vocal home crowd.
 
Pauke Siaka returns to the captaincy of a squad that for the first time will feature players from four provinces in PNG.
 
There are several new faces in the team including Geathie Kilapat from Oro Province and Daniella Luwenica Saiwa Ila from Morobe.
 
They will be joined by Lewas stalwarts such as Siaka, Helen Buruka (vice-captain) and Ravini Oa (vice-captain) all of whom were part of the winning East Asia-Pacific side at the inaugural women’s Australian Country Cricket Championships.
 
The team has been in training for most of the year, making use of the PNG Sports Federation’s High Performance Centre, and playing several intra-squad practice matches.
 
Cricket PNG’s High Performance Manager, Rarua Dikana believes that “The Lewas have been very focused during training sessions for the past four months and we are confident with their progress.”
 
Coach Rodney Maha will be assisted by former Australian coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick and said that the team is excited about the opportunity to reclaim the number one ranking in the region.
 
The 2016 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier – East Asia-Pacific begins in Apia, Samoa on July 15and will feature teams from Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Japan. The tournament is a double round robin with the team who finishes on top of the table progressing to the Global Qualifier for the 2017 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.
 
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