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Pearls Size Up Opponents

The Fijian Pearls now have an idea of who they are likely to play at the 2015 Pacific Games on July 4-18. This was after Cook Islands, Samoa, Papua New
23 May 2015 07:49
Pearls Size Up Opponents
Alesi Waqa of Fijian Pearls netball team training in Suva. Photo: Rama

The Fijian Pearls now have an idea of who they are likely to play at the 2015 Pacific Games on July 4-18.

This was after Cook Islands, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu are the confirmed teams for the Games which will be played at the Rita Flynn Court in Port Moresby.

Fijian Pearls coach Kate Carpenter said it would be an interesting match-up.

“The strong teams we may go up against are Cook Islands, Samoa and Papua New Guinea,” Carpenter said.

‘And the reason is because they have had regular international competitions,” she said.

“Whereas the other teams, are either new or are now back after a long time, but it will be tough either way.

“Preparations have been going well. Next week we go to Sigatoka to continue our programme which I think is important to prepare in different districts as the girls need to be consistent in form.”

Though the Pacific Games is the first hurdle that the Fijian Pearls need to overcome, their main focus is on the 2015 Netball World Cup in Sydney in August.

Netball New Zealand has confirmed a date for the Fijian Pearls and Silver Ferns clash for the second time this year.

The Fijian Pearls have not played the Silver Ferns in their home ground since 1999.

Carpenter said it was a great opportunity to play the Ferns twice which was a bonus in their build up for the Netball World Cup.

“Playing the Silver Fern in January and then again in July is just fantastic,” Carpenter said.

“This is such a wonderful opportunity for us especially when we rarely play against the Silver Ferns, and only get the chance to play against them in the World Cup and Commonwealth Games.

“Our main aim in when we face the Ferns is to just be better than we were the last time we played each other and I think this match will really help us a lot.”

The Fijian Pearls will play the Silver Ferns on July 23 at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua, New Zealand.

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