ISLAMABAD - Army, Sindh, HEC and Punjab qualified for the semifinals of the PNA 14th National Women Netball Championship 2015 here at Hamidi Hall, Pakistan Sports Complex on Sunday.

The most interesting match of the day was played between Army and Wapda, which Army managed to win 23-13. At one stage, Wapda was leading Army 8-7 by the end of the second quarter, but soldiers showed their prowess and completely outclassed Wapda in the next two quarters of the must-win match. Army needed victory to ensure a place in the semifinals, which duly managed by them. Army girls were immediately on the back foot as Wapda took 2-0 lead in the very first minute of the first quarter, but soldier girls settled down well after conceding two early goals. Thanks to their forward Ayesha Dilshad, who scored a whopping 22 goals, took Army into the semifinals single-handedly.

In another match, Quratulain scored 32 goals, as Sindh hammered Fata 48-2 goals. She also became the leading scorer of the championship and was widely supported and cheered by the spectators. In the earlier matches, Army beat HEC 26-20, Punjab beat KP 47-7, Wapda beat Islamabad 21-8, Sindh beat AJK 1-0, KP beat Fata 5-2, HEC beat Wapda 21-14 and Sindh beat Punjab 17-11. Sindh will take on HEC in the first semifinal at 5pm, while Army will vie against Punjab in the second semifinal.

Huge controversy erupted as Balochistan team was scrapped from the event for including fake players. Earlier, Balochistan team played two matches with guests players mainly from Rawalpindi, but on strong protest from different circles and the organisers were contacted in this regard, no action was taken firstly as some certain individuals tried to hush-up the entire matter and deny any such thing. The most interesting thing in the entire saga was even Pakistan Netball Federation (PNF) secretary Mudassar Arain was also left in the dark, but when he was warned about strict action, the truth finally surfaced. Mudassar without any delay took strong notice and immediately stopped Balochistan team from playing further matches.

When this scribe contacted Mudassar to know the real situation, he confirmed that Balochistan team was scraped from the event. “We will discuss the matter in the federation congress and then decide about further punishment for Balochistan. We want to run the entire show in free, fair and transparent manner and want to provide equal opportunities to the participating teams and don't want any foul play or cheating,” Mudassar concluded.

Australian High Commission Marzio Da Re Counselor was the chief guest on the occasion, while Chinese media delegation also witnessed the matches.