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Wilson Looks For Replacement Players

Wilson Looks For Replacement Players
Alesi Paul of Fiji receives medical attention during the netball clash against Jamaica at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Exhibition Centre on April 5, 2018. Paul was ruled out of the Games. Photo: Zimbio
April 15
11:00 2018

The coach of the Fijian Pearls net­ball team says, her side have been decimated by injuries prior to next week’s Oceania World Cup qualifier in New Zealand.

Fiji, Samoa, the Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea and Tonga are competing at the weeklong tournament in Auckland, with the top two teams going to next year’s World Cup in England.

This week at the Commonwealth Games, the Pearls lost all six of their matches and several key players to injury, including the squad’s two tallest members.

Coach Vicki Wilson told Radio New Zea­land she may need to call up replacements for the Auckland tournament.

“We’ve got three players that are definitely not travelling to the qualifiers. A couple of others have to be medically assessed – we’re just hoping they might recover in time,” she said.

“We’ve got a couple of selection meet­ings going on again tonight, just working through our list and making sure we’ve got full cover on all positions.”

The Pearls play their first game in Auck­land against Tonga on Wednesday.

Edited by Osea Bola


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