Netball

Brazel Set To Start

My immediate plan is to meet the Pearls squad and select the Baby Pearls for the Netball World Youth Cup in December, hosted by Fiji,
09 Mar 2021 13:29
Brazel Set To Start
Fijian Pearls coach, Jenny Brazel, is garlanded by Netball Fiji administrator, Kinisalote Drasuna upon her arrival at Nausori International Airport on March 8, 2021. Photo: Sereana Salalo

With the 2021 World Youth Netball championship eight months away Pearls new national coach Jenny Brazel is anxious to start with the Under-21 Baby Pearls as soon as she can.

Four times Netball Queensland Coach of the Year Brazel arrived at Nausori airport yesterday morning for her three year term accompanied by her husband, David.

They have completed their two weeks mandatory quarantine in Nadi at the Tanoa International Hotel.

The former Queensland Firebirds assistant coach is a debutant national coach for Fiji.

“My immediate plan is to meet the Pearls squad and select the Baby Pearls for the Netball World Youth Cup in December, hosted by Fiji,” Brazel said.

She looks forward to a great year of netball programmes in the country.

“It was quite a rush to Suva, we had to wait for our last COVID-19 test, so that just come in. It was bit tight run to get to the airport but we are here now. That is a great relief,” she said.

“My initial plan is I want to try and meet up with everyone in the squad.

“And I would like to begin in the next couple of weeks definitely; putting some stuff into court and see where we are at.

“And then looking forward to picking the under-21 Baby Pearls, getting that underway working with the two squads; heading towards particularly for the under-21 World Youth Cup at the end of the year in Fiji.”

She indicated that working with former Pearls, Simone Latu, has made her a bit familiar with netball in Fiji as well as seeing the Pearls train in Brisbane in 2019.

“The Pearls came to Brisbane and trained. I saw the real strong great athletes they were,” Brazel said.

“And also one of my very dear friends back in Brisbane is Simone Latu.

“I have coached her for a long time and coached alongside her and she is an ex-Fijian Pearl, so I had a really closeness to their family so I’m really looking forward to seeing where we can take this programme.”

Brazel has been to Fiji twice for holidays and now would spend more time in the country.

“I will be in and out I think occasionally. I have a big family back in Brisbane so I’m very close to family, family oriented.

“I decided that for me to really do the best, I think for this programme, I really need to be here,” she added.

She had joined the Queensland Firebirds team as assistant coach in 2015 experiencing success at the highest level of netball, winning the ANZ Championship in both 2015 and 2016.

She has been recognised as Netball Queensland Coach of the Year four times -2018, 2010, 2006 and 2004 and has achieved many successes including the role as head coach of the Australian Netball League Queensland Fusion Team and the 2010 Netball Australia National Under-Age Championship (19/U) winning team.

Brazel joined the Queensland Firebirds team as assistant coach in 2015 where she experienced  success at the highest level of netball, winning the ANZ Championship in both 2015 and 2016.

Last year she stepped into a specialist coaching role with the Queensland Firebirds as she assumes the Head Coach position of the Queensland Fusion and Elite Development Programme

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