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Pearls, Samoa Qualify

Pearls, Samoa Qualify
Fijian Pearls goal shooter Laisani Waqa in action during the Commonwealth Games. The 17-year-old helped the Pearls secure a spot in the 2019 Netball World Cup. Photo: Zimbio
April 23
11:15 2018


The Fijian Pearls and Samoa have qualified for the 2019 Netball World Cup after wins in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday night.

The Vicki Wilson coached- Pearls outclassed Papua New Guinea 55-34 to make it three successive wins.

Samoa withstood a formidable Cook Islands side to win 50-45 in Papakura. Frances Solia’s team established a five goal buffer after the opening quarter before the Black Pearls briefly drew level ear­ly in the third period.

However Samoa quickly re-estab­lished their advantage before clos­ing out a third straight victory of the Oceania qualifiers. They join Fiji in sealing their spot at next year’s World Cup in Liverpool.

The Pacific rivals will put their unbeaten records on the line in the final qualifying round.

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua



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