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Pearls Look Long Term

As the Fiji Pearls prepare for the Oceania Tri-Series, the focus will also be on the World Netball Championship. That was the message from Fiji Pearls coach Kate Carpenter. She
14 Jan 2015 09:17
Pearls Look Long Term
Members of the Fiji Pearls team during their training at National Fitness Centre in Suva. Photo: Rama

As the Fiji Pearls prepare for the Oceania Tri-Series, the focus will also be on the World Netball Championship.

That was the message from Fiji Pearls coach Kate Carpenter.

She said the time frame they had to prepare for the Oceania Tri-Series was challenging but this was a build- up for their long term vision.

“We do have a challenging time frame because of the changes of coaches, management and actual athletes,” Carpenter said.

“So with change comes an adjustment and there is a whole lot of difference. The thing is though, ultimately we are preparing for the long run and we have got the World Cup in mind.

“Our run-in has been great. It’s just that the strength of this competition is tough, but to be able to play against Samoa and the Silver Ferns at home, we are looking forward to the challenge.

“It’s such a big thing to have the Ferns here and to be a part of the top teams who are leading the way internationally and it’s really exciting.

“Sure we have a short preparation time, short match fitness and preparation together but to be able to have the first match in 2015 against the world’s Number Two I think that’s fantastic for Fiji Pearls and Netball Fiji.”

The players are in camp for a week which Carpenter says enables them to concentrate on the specifics of what is needed in playing in such a high level tournament.

“We will be able to double our training and the girls will be off work and released from their various training institutes,” Carpenter said.

“We will be able to put some quality work into the girls and be more specific about the requirements of the competition- what we need to do against Silver Ferns and what we need to do in order to be successful against them and Samoa.”

The team had a player bonding exercise set-up by Fiji Pearls manager RubyAnn Sorovaki with the popular television show Amazing Race concept thrown into the exercise.

Carpenter said the aim of the activity was to see each player’s decision making abilities and how well they could lead and work in a group.

“The activity was focused on strategising, decision making and working together, but there is that fun element as well and doing different tasks and working to be successful and obviously beat another team.

“Everything is about learning and being better. One group of athletes would do a particular activity and everyone has a chance to lead and sit back and also support each other. I think that is very important in terms of team sport.

“In netball, it’s very specific in terms of the roles and positions and we are restricted by the court area, and it’s the same sorts of stress and pressure that the girls faced, but in a fun environment.”

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