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Switching On For The Silver Ferns

The Fijian Pearls will be going into the NewWorld Netball Series in Wellington, New Zealand with a lot of lessons learned from the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea. The
21 Jul 2015 12:26
Switching On For The Silver Ferns
Some Fijian Pearls with their family members before departing Suva yesterday for New Zealand. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

The Fijian Pearls will be going into the NewWorld Netball Series in Wellington, New Zealand with a lot of lessons learned from the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

The Games gold medallists will meet New Zealand’s Silver Ferns and SPAR Proteas (South Africa) for the Taini Jamison Trophy.

Coach Kate Carpenter said facing the Silver Ferns for the second time this year would be another tough challenge.

“I don’t think of us having a better squad now compared to the last time we faced the Ferns,” she said.

“It’s more so now that we have an understanding within the team.

“The Pacific Games was good because it helped us bond even more and playing the Ferns again is a privilege. We have to make a switch because the intensity will be different. We need to improve our reduced turnover rate because judging from our last game against the Ferns, it was hard to get the ball off them once they have possession. That is something that we need to work on.

“The other challenge is the weather in New Zealand because the cold can be very demanding.”

She said the NewWorld Netball Series would be a preparation platform to the Netball World Cup in Sydney, Australia.

“It is important that we remain consistent and do not underestimate any team,

“Judging on NWC rankings we thought that we would be meeting Samoa in the finals of the Pacific Games, but it was a surprise when they lost to Papua New Guinea.

“Going up against Zambia and Uganda in the NWC, we have to put rankings aside and not underestimate any team.”

Carpenter trusts her players to deliver against the Silver Ferns.

“The Pacific Games taught me that I don’t need to be dependent on certain players.

“When I look at the bench, I am comfortable with putting anyone on, knowing that they will make a difference in the game.

“The important thing is trust, and after going through series of trials and picking players for the Pacific Games, I am confident in all the girls and know when I put them out on the court, they can do the job and have something different to offer.”

The Fijian Pearls will play the Central Under-23 team before playing the Silver Ferns on Thursday at Te Rauparaha Arena, Wellington, New Zealand.

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 

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