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Heats Gain More: Lagi

Western Heats may have lost the final of the 2015 Digicel Punjas Netball Super League, but they have gained a wealth of experience and exposure from the competition. Coach Josifini
03 May 2015 09:08
Heats Gain More: Lagi
Central Force team members with the Digicel Punjas Netball Super League Series Cup after defeating Western Heats 49-43 at the Vodafone Arena in Suva yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

Western Heats may have lost the final of the 2015 Digicel Punjas Netball Super League, but they have gained a wealth of experience and exposure from the competition.

Coach Josifini Lagi made the comment after their 43-49 loss to Capital Force at the Vodafone Arena in Suva yesterday.

“Even with the two previous wins we’ve had against Force, we’ve looked at them as the best team because they have a lot of the Fiji Pearls reps playing in their squad,” she said.

“Playing against them has given our girls a lot of exposure to that level of competition and also gained them a lot of experience across the board in terms of competing with national reps. This has truly been a great learning experience for us and while a win is an incredible achievement, we’re just thankful to have had the opportunity to play against them in the final.”

Reflecting on the fiercely competitive match, Lagi admitted the Suva-based franchise had proved they were the better team.

“Well a win is what we aimed to achieve. We had the skills. However, whatever happens on the court is the final result and in the end the better team won.

“We made changes with the goalshooters because there were some errors were noticed, but Suva came well prepared after the experience they had with us, And they had stronger defenders and shooters in the end with national reps like Afa Rusivakula and Matila Waqanidrola.

“Of course, there is a lot we’ve learned from this and throughout the league and we’ll be working on those as we look forward to next year.”

Following the final, Netball Fiji patron Mary Bainimarama and Digicel Fiji chief financial officer Farid Mohammed presented the prizes to the respective teams and the Digicel Punjas trophy to Force captain Filomena Korovulavula.

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