first_imgBoth teams got off to a shaky start in the opening minutes of the first quarter in front a crowd of over 500 in cool playing conditions.Alotau settled their nerves and got things going pushing out to a 5-1 lead.But Central fought their way back and soon had the scores tied at 5-5.Both teams were neck and neck with a 9-9 score line at the end of the first quarter.But Alotau came out firing in the second quarter holding Central scoreless while scoring 7 goals to take a clear 7 point lead.Central soon found their rhythm with three goals from Keleni Ipai one after the other to make it 16-12.But that was all from Central in the second quarter with Alotau’s goal keeper Courtney Abel playing a blinder to stop conceding more points.Alotau took a 19-12 lead at the close of the second quarter.The third quarter saw Central make changes to their shooters with Keleni Ipai moving to goal shooter and Wolly Navuru to goal attack.This marked the turning point in the game as Central put themselves right back in the contest with the third quarter score at 28-25.The final quarter had everyone on their feet with the score at 31-31 with minutes left on the clock.Alotau’s goal shooter Salome Arua kept the scoreboard ticking over while Ipai did the same on her end.With Alotau ahead 34-33 with seconds remaining on the clock, Central had one last chance to level up.Desperation by centre Kimberly Rawali to get the ball to Ipai failed when she stepped on the line with the final whistle blown to end the game.Alotau won the grand final in the master’s and B grade division as well.last_img read more