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Pearls Need A Coach: Lutua

Pearls Need A Coach: Lutua
Maria Lutua of the Storm looks to pass during the round seven Australian Netball League against the Waratahs at University of the Sunshine Coast on April 2, 2017 in Australia. Photo: Zimbio
July 18
12:07 2018

Maria Lutua is calling for more development for the national team before the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liver­pool, England in July.

And the former Fijian Pearls vice-captain calls for a good coach to steer Fiji in the right direction.

Although she doesn’t want to be involved in who runs the show in Netball Fiji, the nosediving perfor­mances of the Fijian Pearls are a matter of worry to all concerned.

Fiji’s best placing was 6th in 1999 but as of late under coach Vicki Wilson, our Pearls have slumped to 14th after a winless outing in a tour of Europe and at the Com­monwealth Games in Gold Coast in April.

Lutua said the current squad has the capabilities to perform but the team needs a coach that sees play­ers’ capabilities.

She added players need more time to get into the system and more ex­posure before they get out there on the court.

“Right now what is needed in the sport is more development. At the moment there is no develop­ment and that is why Fiji netball is suffering,”Lutua said.

“There is a lot that needs to be done before the Netball World Cup next year.

“The Under -21 squad are very good and some are part of the sen­ior team and we do have really good players as some are experienced.

“I think with a good coach to steer us in the right direction and selec­tion of the team should be based on the capabilities of the players.”

Lutua, who just recently gave birth to a baby boy, says right now she focused on being a mother but hopes to return to the court soon.

“I am enjoying being a mother and being with my son but my plan is to get back on the court and also do my part in the team,”Lutua added.

She married British Army Corpo­ral Fugawai Rusivakula in Septem­ber last year before they moved to England.

Last Saturday, she attended former national captain Matila Waqanidrola’s wedding at the Vu­nidilo Methodist Church and the reception at the National Gymna­sium in Suva.

Edited by Osea Bola

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