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Vaileba: Hard Work Is The Key

Vaileba: Hard Work Is The Key
Suva Blues on attack against Lautoka 2 in the Digicel/Punjas Under-18 clash at the Lautoka Multi-purpose Court on August 11, 2018. Photo: Peni Komaisava
August 12
10:00 2018

Suva Suva Green coach Samuela Vaileba said hard work was the key to their 32-21 win over Tailevu, in the fi­nal of the Digicel/Punjas Major B division.

Both teams started strongly and refused to give up as they piled on the points.

Vaileba said they had prepared well for the tournament since they were going to play at the Lautoka Multi-purpose Court.

They were the only unbeaten team in their division and de­servedly came out winners in the final.

“We knew that all the other teams had prepared well and would be coming out to try and wrestle the trophy away from us.

“We had to prepare well and we were not going to let go of our trophy that easily.”

Vaileba said they focused on the task ahead and that is why they were able to get the basics right.

“I’m thankful to the players for their hard work and dedication. “The win is dedicated to all our fans, families and friends who were present at the venue and those who were back home in the capital city.”


Digicel/ Punja’s National Net­ball Championship umpire co-ordinator Moape Vu said seeing young players feature in the main grade was an encouraging sight.

“This ensures a bright future for Fiji Netball,” he said.

“Seeing them at that level amongst some of the more ex­perienced players and actually matching them in every aspect of play is really something good to see.

“Fiji has a lot of raw talents and power, but the challenge is on Fiji Netball to tap and guide them in the right direction, har­nessing their skills and nurtur­ing them to their full potential.”

Vu said there were players in the other districts that showed a lot of promise in terms of mak­ing it to the national teams.

“The talent is there but they just need to be developed in or­der to be ready for the big games or even for national duties,” he added.


Fiji Pearls head coach Vicki Wilson was thrilled seeing the talents on display during the Digicel/ Punjas National Net­ball Championships at the Lau­toka Multi-purpose Court.

“It was great two- day competi­tion and it was an awesome ex­perience,” Wilson said.

She said the competition gave her a chance to take a look at talented players in the other dis­tricts.

“I’m always looking and al­ways searching for new talents bearing in mind that we will be hosting the 2021 Netball Youth World Championship in Suva.

“My aim is getting in more players to be included in our na­tional trial squad.”

She said they would be work­ing very hard during their prep­aration.

Wilson pointed out that they would be working on roping in and developing young players for national duties in the near future.

“Our main emphasis will be on our under-21 national grades, so we will be working towards it,” she added.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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