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Netters Gear Up

With just five days away from the Digicel Punjas International Netball Youth Series, the Fijian Under-21 team are excited to be involved. Starting their first training session with Vicki Wilson
07 Jan 2017 12:06
Netters Gear Up
(Kneeling from left): Aliti Toribau,Ana Moi,Talei Waqainabete,Elenoa Seruwaqa,Laisani Waqanisau,Verenaisi Sawana. (standing from left):Episake Kahatoka:Kristine Lilidamu(physio),Lani Naisamu,Julie Tamani,Alisi Galo,Vicky Wilson(Head Coach),Merelita Waqanidrola,Elenoa Gukirewa,Laisani Waqa,Vilisi Tavui,Maliana Rusivakula.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

With just five days away from the Digicel Punjas International Netball Youth Series, the Fijian Under-21 team are excited to be involved.

Starting their first training session with Vicki Wilson on Thursday, the national coach was impressed with the input from the girls.

Playing against high profile teams like Australia and New Zealand means Fiji need to step-up their game.

“They came back in good shape after the festive season, I was really impressed with the effort they put in,” Wilson said.

“They are moving really well but perhaps our passing isn’t the best. That’s why we are doing a lot of work on it now but they are very excited about playing next week and that is wonderful.

“We’re looking to play high level intensity for an entire quarter so that is our challenge.

“To play against No. 1 and No. 2 world ranked teams, Australia and New Zealand, is very exciting for us and we are really looking forward to it.”

The series will be a build up towards the 2017 Under-21 World Netball Championship in Botswana in July

Wilson will keep an “open mind” with one eye on Botswana and one on exposing their young talent to develop them for future international matches.

“It is an extremely tough competition and the girls know that,” she said,

“We are going in there with a really open mind and we are going to expose all of our players so it is really important they get a taste of international competition and we keep developing the depth at this level.

“With an eye on Botswana, it is a good test for the girls to put themselves against some of the best in their age group.

“There is nothing better than playing international games in front of your own family and friends and I know the girls will just relish the opportunity to perform in front of everyone here in Fiji.”

The Cook Islands team have pulled out of the tournament.

 

FIXTURES

Wednesday: 4pm New Zealand v Samoa

6:40pm: Fiji v Australia; Thursday:

4pm Fiji  v Samoa, 6:40pm: Australia v New Zealand; Friday: 4pm Australia v Samoa, 6:40pm: Fiji v New Zealand

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