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ANALYSIS: All Going Wrong For Our Pearls

The Fijians Pearls slump to a new low going down 61-40 to Uganda in the second pool game at the Netball World Cup. We thought our first loss (52-59) to
09 Aug 2015 10:31
ANALYSIS: All Going Wrong For Our Pearls
Fijian Pearls head coach Kate Carpenter

The Fijians Pearls slump to a new low going down 61-40 to Uganda in the second pool game at the Netball World Cup.

We thought our first loss (52-59) to Wales was disappointing as we won 3 of the 4 quarters.

But yesterday we were humiliated by a 14th-ranked team failing to win any quarters, and playing a catch-up from start to finish.

We fell far short of a top 8 finish and our game against Zambia will decide our placing on the rankings.

Coach Kate Carpenter seems to be baffled on what went wrong.

She got the support from Netball Fiji, Government and sponsors. And she thought she selected the right players for the mission.

But something drastically went wrong as the Pearls failed to shine from day one.

The players could have peaked early, over-trained or given the wrong training programme. It’s not what we expected and like, Carpenter we are just as baffled on the no-show from our Pearls.

 

Here’s how we rate our Pearls

Goalshooter:  Taraima Mitchell – After a 100% shooting rate in the first game, she only managed to score a 27/30 goals in the game against Uganda yesterday, Mitchell won 1 rebound, three penalties against her for contact and won 5 turnovers. She had a good screening which gave her space to draw near to the post to take her shot.   6.5/10

Goal Attack: Afa Rusivakula – Only managed to score 8/12 goals, received 12 centre passes caused five turnovers and three penalties for contact. On many occasions she misinterpreted blind passes which causes turnovers.  5/10

Wing Attack: Maria Lutua- Assisted five goals, caused five turnovers had 3 penalties for obstruction.  Committed a lot of basic errors, dropping balls and was not able to control possession to feed shooters. 4/10

Centre: Alesi Waqa – Had the highest rate of goal assists with 9 but had 12 penalties against her for obstruction and contact, caused five turnovers.  She was not able to control her centre passes and was not quick to feed shooters at crucial times.  5/10

Wing Defence:  Sera Dakuitoga – Had 12 penalties against her for contact and obstruction. She failed to maintain possession after committing silly errors despite given the chance to play in the four quarters she kept on repeating same infringements. 2/10

Goal Defence: Matila Waqanidrola – Recorded the highest penalty in the team with 19 for obstruction and contact and shortening her distance while defending her opponent.  Waqanidrola played good defensive play at some stage but was under pressure which disallowed her chances.  5.5/10

Goal Keeper: Mere Neiliko – Made 2 deflection, had 7 penalties against her for obstruction and contact. Did an excellent work on raising her hands for defence but failed to maintain momentum. 5/10

Substitute: Episake Kahatoka – Won 2 rebound, made 4 deflection and had 10 penalties against her for obstruction and contact. Was super dominant in finding space in defence which put the Uganda shooters under pressure.  5/10

Nina Cirikisuva – Assisted in their 2 goals, received 13 centre passes, had three penalties against her for contact and caused 4 turnovers for Fiji. Cirikisuva was in sharp form in trying to win possession.  5/10

Unaisi Rauluni – Made 5/8 goals. Won 1 rebound, received 3 centre passes, there was only 1 penalty against her for contact and caused 2 turnovers.  She played well in shooting and going for her rebound and is always in position feeding shooter.  6/10

 

SUMMARY

l Fiji was able to maintain 42 possessions compared to Uganda 58.

l Won 5 rebounds, made no intercepts while the opposition made 8.

l Made 11 deflections. Had 73 penalties against them compared to Uganda 49.

l Fiji made 33 turnovers compared to Uganda 30.

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