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Samoa Here To Gain More

Samoa captain Sanita To’o will be using the 2015 Oceania Tri-Series as a way to gauge the team’s capabilities and readiness especially when they go up against Fiji and New
19 Jan 2015 10:55
Samoa Here To Gain More
The Fiji Pearls and the Silver Ferns at the beach at the Pearl South Pacific Resort in Pacific Harbour. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

Samoa captain Sanita To’o will be using the 2015 Oceania Tri-Series as a way to gauge the team’s capabilities and readiness especially when they go up against Fiji and New Zealand.

“I feel very privileged to play in such a series against New Zealand and Fiji and being captain as well is even more an honour,” she said.

“This series is going to be a good gauge for us to see where is at at the moment and what we can do to improve before the Netball World Cup.

“We rarely get to play the Silver Ferns and just being here and playing against two wonderful teams and very talented players is going to be a huge boost for us.”

The 25-year-old said they will be aiming to take a lot back from this series.

“Of course each team is going to be taking something back from this tournament and for us we are hoping to gain stronger combination on court.

“Also we want to introduce our new players to international level and give them some experience on the court.” To’o said.

She added, “I hope that this Oceania Tri-Series will be something that will be happen on a regular basis or even annually because it will be a good connection between the Pacific countries and it will also aid in development.”

Meanwhile, Samoa coach Marcia Hardcastle said though their girls have had a short preparation time they were looking forward to the week ahead.

“Preparation has been very short for us because we came back from Singapore before Christmas and had a month but aside from that I know the girls will be okay,” Hardcastle said.

“We’re pretty much looking forward to playing against the Silver Ferns and with the Netball World Cup coming up it will be a platform for the girls to gain more confidence in playing against such a highly ranked team which is something the girls aspire to.”

Hardcastle will be watching the game between New Zealand and Fiji tonight to assess both teams in preparation for their game tomorrow.

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