Earn Your Spot, Wilson Warns

  No spot is secured for the Fijian netball Under-21 team as the extended squad prepares for the Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana on July 8-16. With the Oceania
04 May 2017 11:00
Earn Your Spot, Wilson Warns
Fijian netball Under-21 squad after training in Suva, on May 3, 2017. Photo: Justine Mannan


No spot is secured for the Fijian netball Under-21 team as the extended squad prepares for the Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana on July 8-16.

With the Oceania U19 Championships next week Saturday, head coach Vicki Wilson said she will use it as the final selection ground and she will also be looking for new talent.

She added, those players who are already in the extended squad need to work hard in order to seal their place in the team as the final squad for the World Cup will be announced after the Oceania U19 Championships.

“Some of the girls will be eligible to play in the U19 championships and I think it will be a great opportunity for those girls who can be part of the U19 team to get some game time in under their belt,” Wilson said.

“I will be looking out for other talent as well because that is what we are using the championships for, to see how they all perform before we announce the team after the championships.

“No spot is secured in the team, there are a few standouts but the others are working very hard and I think the thing that impresses me is how much they push each other to try and find that next level of performance.”

The team is currently doing two sessions a day while the players are still on school break. Wilson is impressed with the amount of work they have been putting in.

“Preparations have been very pleasing, it’s been very intense, and we have been doing a number of sessions a day,” she said.

“We have been doing two court sessions and we might pick up on the strength and conditioning sessions in the morning.

“The girls are responding really well and I am really pleased with their efforts. They are working very hard in their conditioning, in particularly their running endurance.

“It has been one of the areas we wanted to see a lot of improvement on to build their ability to perform at a high level for a longer period of time.

“We will certainly be well prepared by the time we go to the competitions, I am really impressed with the amount of sessions we have been having on court.

“It makes such a difference when training in doors, this facility is ideal for training, we play on strong wooden boards so we really need to train on strong wooden boards.”

The team will need to step up in every training session, especially since it has been nearly impossible to get visuals of their opponents and their game style.

“The big thing is for us is to make sure that our fundamentals are very sound so that we can execute the game plan,” Wilson said.

“Also, we have been doing a lot of work on recognising different strategies the teams might put on against us and how we can counter that, so that is our key focus.

“At Under-21 level, it is very difficult to get the vision of our opposition, so the only vision that we have is of the teams that we have played against, it is not like the open championships where there is a lot of vision available.”

Edited by Osea Bola


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