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‘Looking For New Talent’

The Fijian Pearls finished 11th in the Netball World Cup after defeating Scotland 51-41 yesterday in Sydney, Australia. The last time Fiji finished 11th was in 1991 at the 8th
17 Aug 2015 11:17
‘Looking For New Talent’
Fijian Pearls netball coach Kate Carpenter at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Fijian Pearls finished 11th in the Netball World Cup after defeating Scotland 51-41 yesterday in Sydney, Australia.

The last time Fiji finished 11th was in 1991 at the 8th World Championships which was also held in Sydney.

Fiji had a slow start and trailed by two points in the first quarter Scotland, 10-12, but quickly picked up to maintain a steady lead in the remaining three quarters leading 14-9, 13-11 and 14-9 respectively.

Coach Kate Carpenter said though it was a tough game, she was really proud of the way the players performed in their final game and also throughout the whole competition.

“It was going to be a tough game for both Scotland and ourselves after we both had narrow losses,” Carpenter said.

“But it was a really good match and though we did not do so well in the first quarter, the girls did really well to keep up the momentum in the remaining three quarters.

“I’m really proud of the way the girls performed, coming out from losing to Samoa.”

Despite the disappointing finish, Carpenter said she as well as the girls have learnt a lot and will continue on their programme to improve and scout new talents.

“One of the things that definitely stood out was the challenge of different playing styles, teams outside of Oceania have their own style of play and that is something we really need to look at,” she said.

“We need to be able to understand and know how to counter because that is what makes tournaments really tough. But it was such a learning curve, not only for me but the girls as well.

“The other thing we noticed was the umpires from different countries interpret things differently. So we need to adapt to that and also have a sense of consistency when we play.

“When we get back, the girls will obviously be resting until the IDC and from there we will still be looking for new talent.”

The Fijian Pearls depart Sydney at 1pm today.

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