punjas and digicel sponsor third national netball championships
Punjas and Digicel Fiji will jointly sponsor the National Netball Championships for the third successive year, to be held on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th August in Sigatoka.
The Punjas Digicel National Netball Championships will attract the largest local female participation in the sport in the country with over 500 players to participate at Lawaqa Park. Both companies are contributing over $35,000 in cash and kind for the two-day championship.
“I am excited that we can continue to support Fiji Netball. This is part of our joint sponsorship which also includes the Super League and the International Series.” said Digicel Fiji’s CEO, Darren McLean.
“This commitment highlights our support to Fiji’s largest female participation sport. This is coupled with our ongoing support for ‘Women in Business’, highlighting Digicel’s support for the achievements of women across Fiji.”
“I am looking forward to another exciting and competitive championships and I know the players from all the teams have prepared well for the competition.”
Punjas Group Manager Marketing Gopal Jadhav said Punjas was delighted to continue to support a sport that enhances the empowerment of women in Fiji.
“Netball promotes good values that can contribute to the success of women in all spheres of life. We are proud to be associated with the development of netball in Fiji and in building the lives of young girls and women through sports; that in turns contributes to a healthy and vibrant community.”
Netball Fiji President Wainikiti Bogidrau said “we are fortunate to be continually associated with Digicel and Punjas. Their commitment to netball is indicative that they value the development of a healthy nation.”
Bogidrau confirmed that about 30 teams have been confirmed for the 2-day event.
“As always, we are expecting a tough challenge in the A and B Grade of our Major and Minor Divisions with confirmation that all districts have prepared well for this event,” she said.
“The grade to watch would be the 20 & Under competition; as many of these players will be vying to showcase their skills in order to impress national selectors who will continue to look our our for exception talent.”
A team from the Fiji Auckland Netball Community will also field a team in the 20 & U grade.
Suva is the defending champs of the three grades in the major grade whilst Naitasiri was the Minor grade winner last year.
The Punjas Digicel National Netball Championship will start at 8.30am on Friday with the finals scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka