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Suva Netball Targets Development

A total of 36 teams taking part in five categories started the NewWorld Suva Netball knockout competitions at the Vodafone Arena yesterday. The number of teams who joined is an increase
30 Apr 2017 11:04
Suva Netball Targets Development
USP Reef team GD Toni Bakaniceva competes for the ball against Western Force GS Semesa Waidrea in the men's competition on day one of the Newworld Suva Netball tournament on April 29th, 2017. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

A total of 36 teams taking part in five categories started the NewWorld Suva Netball knockout competitions at the Vodafone Arena yesterday.

The number of teams who joined is an increase compared to 28 last year but Suva Netball vice-president and games director Gabrielle Qoro said they are expecting the numbers to grow this week.

“This knockout competition is to basically open the season for us and we are happy that more teams have joined this year,” Qoro said.

“Last year, we only had 28 teams so this really is a step-up for us and we have also included two more categories in our competitions. Last year we had the men, open women’s and the princess grades, so this year we have a mixed grade and also a masters category.”

The main aim for Suva Netball this year is development and Qoro says, they are living up to their strategic plan of building up their competitions to develop youths and open the sport to everyone.

“We will be focusing on development this year, we will be catering for the under-9 to under-13 and then the under-14 to under-16. We have also introduced mixed categories for the business houses to join in, this is all to help develop the sport outside the box. We set-out a target to be one of the biggest netball associations in Fiji by targeting the youths and basically everyone to get involved in netball.

“We believe by including these categories we will pull in a lot more youths as well and this will help contribute to growing our young women who have the aim of representing the country one day. We have new clubs that have joined. Some clubs from Nasinu have also joined and the reason they join is because of the competition so we know we have done something right. Competition has grown and teams have come out and been really competitive and that is always good to see.”

The weekly competitions for Suva Netball begins this week.

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