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Fijian Pearls In Drop Zone

After the Pearls prepared so well made possible with the assistance of the Australian Government, Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand, our women continued to be outplayed and humiliated on the global front. And this needs to be sorted by Fiji Netball proper and fast.
16 Jul 2019 16:25
Fijian Pearls In Drop Zone
Fijian Pearls head coach Vicki Wilson monitors Lydia Panapasa during their warm-up session in Liverpool, England. Photo: Ian Muir

Analysis:

The Calypso Girls from Trinidad & Tobago condemned the Fijian Pearls to bottom spot in Group C with a 67-56 victory at the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England yesterday.

Losing 3 out of 3 after earlier amassing massive heavy beating from South Africa 35-90 and Jamaica 29-85, the downward spiral continues for our Pearls.

We have never sunk so low and our current 17th ranking truly gauge, where we stand in the netball world.

After the Pearls prepared so well made possible with the assistance of the Australian Government, Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand, our women continued to be outplayed and humiliated on the global front.

And this needs to be sorted by Fiji Netball proper and fast.

We will host the 2021 World Youth Cup at the Vodafone Arena in Suva which is a perfect platform to build again for the future.

While Jamaica has former Sunshine Girls Sasher-Gaye Henry at the helm and former Australian Diamonds mentor Norma Plummer in charge of South Africa, we also have a quality coach in Vicki Wilson.

But what seems to be the problem as it seems nothing has changed.

We achieved the same result losing 5 out 5 in the pool games at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast last year losing to Australia, South Africa, Jamaica, Barbados and Northern Ireland.

Interestingly, we recorded a somewhat similar scoreline, 12 months later, to Jamaica (30-98) and South Africa (28-92)

Sri Lanka, Singapore, Fiji and Samoa, now form their own group– Group E– where they will play in a round-robin format to determine who will contest the matches to decide 13th and 14th place, and 15th and 16th place.

We will play Samoa today, Singapore and Sri Lanka on Thursday.

We need to put proper processes in place as it seems the current plan, system doesn’t work or failed to click.

We need to avoid further drop and humiliation as we have what it takes to be competitive and a force in the sport. We’ve shown that in times past.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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