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Unranked Tonga Scare Pearls

Following their disappointing finish at the 2018 Commonwealth Games the Fijian Pearls regrouped in their first game of the Oceania qualifiers to beat Tonga 58-46 in Papakura, New Zealand on
20 Apr 2018 11:00
Unranked Tonga Scare Pearls
Fijian Pearls defender Merelita Waqanidrola (right) is part of the team that took on Tonga in Papakura, New Zealand on April 18, 2018 .Photo: Zimbio

Following their disappointing finish at the 2018 Commonwealth Games the Fijian Pearls regrouped in their first game of the Oceania qualifiers to beat Tonga 58-46 in Papakura, New Zealand on Wednesday night.

Earlier on Tuesday, Samoa beat Papua New Guinea 56-41 at High Wire Trust venue. The Pearls and the Samoans are trying hard stake their claim on one of the two quali­fying places for next year’s World Netball Championship in Liverpool, England.

The Pearls are the highest ranked of the five teams involved. The Vicki Wilson- coached side are ranked 12th in the overall world rankings and are favorite to win in New Zealand.

The Tongans are the only side in the com­petition without an International Netball Federation world ranking, but they still pushed the top-ranked side all the way.

The Pearls led by three after the first quar­ter, however, Tonga won the second quarter 16-14 which saw Fiji holding a 27-26 lead at halftime.

During the second half Fiji regained con­trol of the game to establish a 12-goal mar­gin.

The top two teams from the Oceania qualifi­ers will secure their place at next year’s WNC.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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