Assessing Our Future Pearls

Carpenter, who has been working with the netters for three weeks now since she arrived, says there is a lot to work on and at this stage she is more
26 Sep 2014 11:06
Assessing Our Future Pearls
From left: Student Nurse Talei Beckmann, United Nations Resident Coordinator for Fiji and the Pacific Sanaka Samarasinha, Staff Nurse Aqela Matai and staff nurse Ilaitia Camadrokadroka during the COVID-19 vaccination drive at the Vodafone Arena in Suva on April 13, 2021. Photo: Inoke Rabonu

Carpenter, who has been working with the netters for three weeks now since she arrived, says there is a lot to work on and at this stage she is more focused on assessing the players.

“We are just really starting again and really assessing where everyone is and putting plans on where we are at and where we need to go in the coming months,” Carpenter said.

“Most of the players are not new to me, having been involved with Fiji internationally.

“We have a mixture of youth and experience and working on how to bring that together and also what positional requirements are needed which we need to strengthen and the sorts of programme that we need that will make us more competitive in the World Cup next year.

“One of the things is just about working with the new group, starting to get familiar with each other about our roles and responsibilities within the positions we play and we have got to refine playing within the rules.

“We also need to make some decisions around the tactics we want to play and tidy up on some of the techniques because while it may not be breaking down in terms of tactics, it is on technique but I think that’s where we are at the moment.

“So it’s basically assessment time during this period and also I’ve been catching up with the players having one-on-one sessions with them and seeing where they are at in terms of their netball and also what is happening in the rest of their lives.”

Carpenter has also travelled to the West to work with netters over the weekend and so far they are improving, especially Sereana Malagi, 17, who is the new inclusion in the training squad.

“We also got a group of athletes from the Western Division, so I’ve been catching up with them and will do so this weekend

“Sereana has been coping very well so far. She is an excellent athlete and a real talent and I think she has a big future a head of her,” Carpenter said.

“At the moment she is just learning to train and learning to compete whereas others have been in the Pearls for some time.”

Malagi was recruited into the training squad following the Digicel/Punjas National Netball Championships.



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