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Ready To Lead

While the teams took time out to bond yesterday at the Pearl South Pacific Resort Resort, captains Mere Neiliko (Fiji Pearls) and Laura Langman (Silver Ferns) declared they were ready
19 Jan 2015 11:01
Ready To Lead
Fiji Pearls captain Mere Neiliko (left), with her Silver Ferns counterpart Laura Langman at the Pearl South Pacific Resort in Pacific Harbour yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

While the teams took time out to bond yesterday at the Pearl South Pacific Resort Resort, captains Mere Neiliko (Fiji Pearls) and Laura Langman (Silver Ferns) declared they were ready for the historic clash tonight.

Neiliko said she would be seizing the opportunity to learn as much as she could from the second-ranked team in the world at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.

“I’m going to learn a lot on all aspects of the game,” Neiliko said.

“I’m looking forward to playing against the Silver Ferns and I will definitely learn a lot from the game.”

The mother-of-one is aiming to do her best and said the fact that she has been chosen to lead her team against the Silver Ferns was an honour.

Neiliko, who represented the country at the 2003 Netball World Cup in Jamaica and then selected to captain the side at the 2007 Netball World Cup in New Zealand, knows what it is like to take such a tournament seriously with 2015 NWC in August.

“I know our main focus will be the NWC and this series is such an important build up for us and we will be giving our best while at the same time using the match as a learning curve to help us improve.” she said.

Meanwhile, Silver Ferns captain Langman said they will be taking on Fiji and preparing to play them just like how they prepared to play the Australian Diamonds.

“We’ve been preparing in exactly the same way when we play against Fiji and Samoa in terms of the game strategy, planning and also our physical preparation,”Langman said.

“Our expectation of Fiji is that they have a bit of height in there and there is no doubt they have springs in their shoes, keeping the ball flat will be a good start.

“We are also really looking forward in getting to know the Fiji girls and spending some time with the captain and vice-captain and picking each other’s brains on how we do things in our teams. I think this is a great opportunity for us to help the Pacific teams.”

The inaugural Oceania Tri Series will start tonight with the first game between Fiji and New Zealand at 6.40pm at the Vodafone Arena, Suva.

Feedback:  justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 




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