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Hoppers Lead The Way: Mitchell

  Fijian Pearls rep Timaima Rara- Mitchell has commended the Grasshoppers Netball Club for supporting the development of the sport at grassroot level. Mitchell played for the Grasshoppers Divas during
13 Dec 2015 20:08
Hoppers Lead The Way: Mitchell
Golden Divas and Pheonix Brisbane pose for team shot during the Grasshoppers/Inter Sports Global International Netball Festival at Netball Courts yesterday. pic.....RAMA

 

Fijian Pearls rep Timaima Rara- Mitchell has commended the Grasshoppers Netball Club for supporting the development of the sport at grassroot level.

Mitchell played for the Grasshoppers Divas during the Grasshoppers/Inter-Sports Global International Netball Festival at the National Netball Centre yesterday.

“I think it’s a very good initiative especially by the ‘Hoppers and I am so honoured to be a part of the Hoppers club,” Mitchell said.

“We first started off with just one team and now we got about five to six teams so it’s a good development. It’s good that the teams from Australia have come down because we don’t need to fundraise to go to Australia. I’m sure players have been making the most of this opportunity.”

Though it is a competition like any other, the aim is not to win but to develop young netballers and give them the opportunity to be better players in future.

“Everybody is having fun, they love it. Everyone has a passion for the sport and just enjoying each other’s company and at the same time learning,” she said.

“This is an incredible exposure for them. In a few years they will be giving Australia and New Zealand a good run.”

Meanwhile, Brisbane Phoenix coach Julia Wadham said this was the first for them to travel to Fiji.

“We have had a fantastic time and everyone has been really friendly and we enjoy the experience,” she said.

“This is really a team building sort of thing for us because we have only been around for five years so coming here is something new for us.

“We want to get the experience and come back again to Fiji because it’s a totally different game here and it’s a lot more physical which is really good. So as they grow up they will start learning and play tougher netball which is a plus for us.”

Wadham said the team would love to come back every two years.

The quarterfinals of the Grasshoppers/Intersport Global International Netball Festival will begin tomorrow.

Edited by: Osea Bola

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