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Finally Ferns Here To Play – And To Help Our Netball

It’s a big day for sport in Suva today. It’s a historic moment, a milestone and people of Fiji should join the excitement when the Silver Ferns and our own
19 Jan 2015 09:34
Finally Ferns Here To Play – And To Help Our Netball
Silver Ferns captain Laura Langman and Fiji Pearls captain Mere Neiliko at the Pearl South Pacific Resort in Pacific Harbour. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

It’s a big day for sport in Suva today.

It’s a historic moment, a milestone and people of Fiji should join the excitement when the Silver Ferns and our own Fiji Pearls run onto the court at the Vodafone Arena this evening.

While the more famous All Blacks have played in Fiji before, this is the first time the Silver Ferns visited the country and credit must go to Netball New Zealand (NNZ) for making this happen.

Let’s hope the Oceania Tri-Series is the start of many more encounters in future between the netball superpower and island nations.

The Fiji Pearls can only benefit from such tests in the long run and the good thing is that NNZ are happy to make it happen again in future

NNZ chief executive Hilary Poole is supporting the concept saying the matches are important for the development of netball in the region.

She recognised the importance of supporting the development and preparation of Oceania countries and maintained the Ferns are thrilled to be given the opportunity to play island neighbours Fiji and Samoa.

“It’s great for netball in the Oceania region and is a milestone event which we hope can be repeated in the future.”

Silver Ferns head coach Wai Taumaunu will offer advice and support to emerging coaches during the Oceania series, in a move designed to further coaching development across the country.

And she is happy to be involved in the series in the future.

“From a personal perspective, I’d like to see this trip happening again.

“I guess we would just have to wait and see everything pans out over the week.

“Certainly everything we’ve done, we would like to do it again but it will depend on fixtures and calendars and all of those things that any international sports programme have lots of things that infringe upon on it. But from a personal perspective very much so, I’m sure I speak on behalf of the team.”

Apart from Pacific Games, the Fiji Pearls will need to make the most from the two tests against the Silver Ferns in preparation for the Netball World Cup.

We used to easily beat teams like Malawi, Wales but it’s not the case anymore.

Eleventh ranked Northern Ireland took the Pearls to the wire last year.

It’s time we learn from the best. The Silver Ferns are here so the Pearls need to make the most of it, on and off the court, if they are to shine at the Pacific Games in July and Netball World Cup in August.

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