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ANALYSIS: Our Second Quarter Letdown

Pressure does funny things to good players if you allow it to get on top of you. And that’s what happened to the Fijian Pearls as they lost 52-59 in
08 Aug 2015 13:47
ANALYSIS: Our Second Quarter Letdown

Pressure does funny things to good players if you allow it to get on top of you.

And that’s what happened to the Fijian Pearls as they lost 52-59 in the opening match of the 2015 Netball World Cup to Wales.

Coach Kate Carpenter summed it in three words:  Disappointing First Game.”

Our Pearls should have won. Why?

Because we won three of the four quarters. The Pearls won the first quarter 16-13, third quarter 14-13 and fourth quarter 14-13.

So why did we lose?

Because we played so badly in the second quarter. We blew our 16-13 lead allowing Wales to score 20 while we managed eight.

The nine point gap was too massive a gap to close in an international competition. The girls tried their best but instead committed a lot of obstructions.

The girls need to bounce back against Uganda to be in contention for the quarterfinals. The worst placing for the Fiji in the four-yearly event was during the 1991 NWC in Sydney where we slumped to 11th .

Currently we are ranked 7th in the world and we have what it takes to shine on the world stage.

We have the material and the potential.

The onus is on the Pearls to do it right.

 

Here’s How We Rate Our Pearls

  1. Goal Shooter; Taraima Mitchell had a 100 per cent shooting rate with 35 goals, 2 points on goal assist, won 1 rebound, made 1 deflection – 9/10
  2. Goal Attack; Afa Rusivakula had a 17/25 goal shooting, 12 goal assists, won two rebounds, received 21 centre passes, caused one intercept, three penalty for obstruction and made seven turnovers – 7/10
  3. Wing Attack; Maria Lutua assisted in 9 goals, received 14 centre passes, caused 6 penalties and created 2 turnovers – 6/10
  4. Centre; Alesi Waqa; Very impressive in 12 goal assists, made 1 deflection, 8 penalties against her for obstruction and made three turnovers – 8/10
  5. Wing Defence; Sera Dakuitoga; Received 2 centre passes, made 1 deflection, 8 penalties against her for contact – 7/10
  6. Goal Defence; Matila Waqanidrola; Won 1 rebound, received 10 centre passes, made 1 intercept, five deflection and was penalized 12 times for contact and made one turnover – 5/10
  7. Goalkeeper; Mere Neiliko; Made 3 intercepts, 1 deflection, caused 6 penalties for contact – 6/10
  8. Goalkeeper; Episake Kahatoka; Successful in 2 rebound, made 4 deflection and 10 penalties for contact – 7.5/10
  9. Substitute; Jane Costello; Made 1 deflection and 1 turnover – 4/10

Summary: Fiji had a total of 44 possession, had 3 offensive rebound and 3 defensive rebound, made 5 intercepts, 15 deflection, 46 penalty-contact,  8 penalty-obstruction, made 18 turnovers.

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