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‘Time To Impress’

New Zealand Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu has dubbed the Oceania Tri Series as an important build-up to the 2015 Netball World Cup in Australia in Aug “This series is
19 Jan 2015 10:57
‘Time To Impress’
From left: Fiji Pearls coach Kate Carpenter, captain Mere Neiliko, Silver Ferns coach coach Waimarama Taumaunu and captain Laura Langman during a press conference at the Pearl South Pacific Resort at Pacific Harbour. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

New Zealand Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu has dubbed the Oceania Tri Series as an important build-up to the 2015 Netball World Cup in Australia in Aug

“This series is a great aid in our build up for the Netball World Cup, partly because of the timing,” Taumaunu said yesterday at the Pearl South Pacific Resort in Pacific Harbour.

“We have had a camp and we are able to use this series as a bonus for those selected and it has been in some ways a reward.

“It gives some of these players who didn’t go to Commonwealth Games or who weren’t selected for our Constellation Cup series an opportunity to impress the coaching staff.

“Any opportunity to play in the black dress , the New Zealand Silver Ferns always grasps this and it is a really great opportunity for players like Camilla Lees and Shannon Francois who didn’t go to the Commonwealth Games or perhaps haven’t been regular team members.

“If they do well it could set them up for a good NWC.”

Meanwhile, Fiji Pearls coach Kate Carpenter said Samoa will be out to prove just as much as any other team.

“We last played Samoa in two matches in June which was the World Cup qualifiers,” Carpenter said. “Samoa is fresh off the Nations Cup in Singapore which they won so they are on a roll and will be out to continue that winning performance.

“We always have very strong competitive games with Samoa and we expect no less from them this time round.

“We are all preparing for the 2015 NWC, so it is good to play the Silver Ferns at the start of the year so we know where we need to work on.”

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