Brazel Wants ‘Super Fit’ Pearls

“It was great, considering we had come down to the outdoor courts, it’s a little hot and the girls were fantastic,”
14 Mar 2021 14:46
Brazel Wants ‘Super Fit’ Pearls
Fijian Pearls netball head coach Jenny Brazel (third row, fourth from left) with the players before their training run in Suva on March 13, 2021. Photo: Sereana Salalo

There is a lot of work needed to lift the standard of fitness and skills for the Fijian Pearls squad.

This was highlighted by head coach, Jenny Brazel, after her first training session with the 25-member squad at the National Netball Centre yesterday.

The former Queensland Firebirds assistant coach sees a lot of potential in the squad.

Prior to the training session, Brazel had a team bonding session with the squad.

She indicated fitness was key to a strong team.

“It was great, considering we had come down to the outdoor courts, it’s a little hot and the girls were fantastic,” she said.

“They worked really hard, lots of communications, so got to see their other skills with the girls’ network that we were doing.

“Yes definitely some great athletes, very strong – definitely a core of athletes to work towards being a really strong Fijian Pearls team.

“I think some of the key areas are needed to sharpen some of their passes and basically that is going to happen.

“We’ve our plans for the preparations. What we are going to do now which will look at a lot of our basic skills and fitness levels.

“We want to push that up because of the nature of the tournaments that the Fiji Pearls play in.

“Basically, they got to be really super fit, because they got the tournaments and they have to back up and back up again.

“We need to get cardio levels right up there and our strength and power,” Brazel added.

With her three-year contract, she would also like to develop netball from the grassroots in the communities.

Brazel, who is from Brisbane, Australia, is enjoying the weather.

“Actually I am doing okay, because I am from Brisbane, we have the humidity as well, so not struggling like I thought. I am actually enjoying it.

“I am looking forward to the local competitions starting in two weeks’ time, getting out into the community.

“And having a look around and seeing what the younger ones are there in the pathway, because that’s what I am looking forward to in my three years.

“We will be working with the pathways after all,” Brazel added.

She replaced fellow Australian, Vicki Wilson.



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