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  Fijian Pearls head coach Kate Carpenter resigned last week citing personal reasons. Here are what some netball officials say: Judy Kumar, Navosa Netball Association president “It is good that
28 Dec 2015 13:49
NETBALL REACTIONS
From left: Fiji Netball president Wainikiti Bogidrau and outgoing Fijian Pearls head coach Kate Carpenter earlier this year.

 

Fijian Pearls head coach Kate Carpenter resigned last week citing personal reasons.

Here are what some netball officials say:

Judy Kumar, Navosa Netball Association president

“It is good that Kate Carpenter has resigned now as we need a better coach for the Fijian Pearls.

“During her tenure she made changes that really affected the performance of the team.

“She should have drafted new players instead of sticking with the senior players and this was evident during Netball World Cup in Sydney where we failed to make the quarterfinals.

“I would prefer Unaisi Rokoura to be the Fijian Pearls coach.

“Overall, Kate helped some of the girls achieve their dreams namely Episake Kahatoka, Maria Lutua and Afa Rusivakula to name a few.

Fiji Netball Association should dig deeper in choosing the new coach.

Kinisalote Drasuna, Lautoka Netball Association secretary

I couldn’t comment on the issue as I haven’t read or heard anything about Kate Carpenter’s resignation.

Meresaini Delai, Nasinu Netball Association vice-president

“It was a surprise to us when we found out to be honest but then again you can’t hold back someone who has personal reasons for leaving. But I believe she probably had a better offer overseas and then again, you can’t blame someone for finding something better, if that is what in fact happened.

“But with regards to Kate Carpenter, I think the results speak for itself. We are not happy with how the national team performed in recent overseas tournaments and we cannot leave the blame on the coach alone.

“With Kate gone, I think this is a good opportunity to bring someone who will offer something better for our girls than what Kate did.

Alumeci Sachs, Grasshoppers Netball Association founder

“It’s a simple logic, you are out if you don’t perform. Our ranking has gone down in the last Netball World Cup where we were placed 9th and now I think the focus should be on the kids and the upcoming generation of netters.”  Edited by Osea Bola

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