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Netball BY SIMON KESLEP A former PNG elite athlete and Pepes player Kari Dadi died last Monday after collapsing at home. At the age of 16, Dadi was one of the youngsters featured in the PNG Pepes squad in 1975 at the World Netball Games in New Zealand. She attended grade 9 at Badihagwa High School in Port Moresby during her playing career. She was born on December 2, 1958 and was the only girl in a family of four children. Her father was from Pari and mother from Hanuabada. She was raised in Hanuabada and went on to take part in sports like netball, softball and athletics in the early 80s and 90s. She was known to be one of the famous sporting girls in the village. Former PNG Pepes representative, who is also one of the Telstars coaching staff Lydia Veali, was saddened by Dadi’s passing. “Last Friday, Veitu Diro, Annie Iamo and I visited the funeral gathering (haus-krai) and we found out she left behind six daughters, 13 grand children and had ony one son who had passed away three years ago,” Veali said. Diro was one of Dadi’s coaching mentors in netball and softball. “She (late Dadi) was one of the best and sneaky players with her height,” said Diro. She added before and after the games she would go down to the village and get picked up for the games and get dropped off late in the afternoon. “When she arrives at home, she would argue with her big brother because she came home late and was not helping her mum in doing house jobs but she was supported by her three brothers,” said Diro when recalling Dadi’s playing days. The late Dadi was brought into the sporting family of Hanuabada with the likes of Toka Gaudi (cricket) Phillip Boge (rugby league) and many others who have made their presence felt taking part in various other sports. In 2009, she was selected as a netball technical official for the PNG Games in Port Moresby. She will be missed by all her friends, fellow team mates, her immediate family and relatives. The late Dadi’s will be laid to rest at Porebada village where she will lie next to her one and only son who passed away three years ago.