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More Games For Fijian Pearls

  A few international matches have been lined up for the Fijian Pearls netball team in preparation for the Commonwealth Games on April 4-15, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. After
31 Jul 2017 11:00
More Games For Fijian Pearls
Saioni Methodist Church Pastor Cema Marama with the Baby Pearls netball team on July 30, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

 

A few international matches have been lined up for the Fijian Pearls netball team in preparation for the Commonwealth Games on April 4-15, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.

After the 4th spot placing of the Baby Pearls at the Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana early this month, all the players have been selected to attend trials to either be part of the Fijian Pearls or Pearls development squad.

Netball Fiji president Wainikiti Bogidrau said they would name the international teams today.

“We are preparing for the Commonwealth Games and apart from that we also have a few international matches planned this year. We are still finalising a few things before we make the announcement,” Bogidrau said.

“I am also happy that most of the Baby Pearls have been included in the trials. We will be having a four- day trial on the third week of August.

“We will be naming two teams, one will be the main Fiji Pearls squad and the other will be the development squad. So we are hoping that most of them will make it into at least the main team or the development side.”

The Baby Pearls were hosted to a lunch and service at Saioni Methodist Church in Nasinu yesterday.

Bogidrau said they will make it a tradition to have a thanksgiving service when they come back from a tour.

“We decided earlier on before we left for Botswana that we will come back for a thanksgiving service,” she said.

“We have realised that many other national teams only go to church before a tour, they usually don’t come back and give thanks.

“We came back to Saioni because this is where we were farewelled. Apart from that there was a dedicated group of women here that were praying for us every day while we were in Botswana.

“They prayed every day from 9am to 10am. It was not only a thanksgiving service but also a lunch with the talatala.”

The focus now is for the future U21 netball team.

“We are having our national championships on the first week of the school holidays in Suva,” Bogidrau said.

“Our national coach will be scouting for new talent and we are hoping that we get to see many more girls.

Bogidrau thanked Saioni Methodist Church and Narewa Village for their support

Edited by Osea Bola

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