Netball

Playing In Suva Helps Buloubuli

Buloubili and Qasenivalu travel from Sigatoka every weekend to be part of the Suva Netball Association club games while Vula travels from Lautoka. She is a nurse at the Lautoka Hospital.
17 Mar 2021 14:57
Playing In Suva Helps Buloubuli
Fijian Pearls squad members, (from left) Robyn Vula, Ateca Qasenivalu and Titilia Buloubuli after the national squad training session at the National Netball Centre, in Suva, on March 13, 2021. Photo: Sereana Salalo

Joining the Alumni club in the Suva Netball Association last year was something Titilia Buloubuli would never regret.

Not only was it her first season in Suva, she was also selected for the Thunderbirds, one of four elite teams that participated in the Digicel Punjas Reset Netball Championship.

And it was a pleasant surprise as well for the 25-year-old Nasigatoka, Nadroga, native to be selected in the Fijian Pearls 25-member squad.

Buloubuli was one of their new finds last year and the goalkeeper aims to make it in coach Jenny Brazel’s final 12.

She shares maternal links to Nasama, in Nadroga.

“Club games in the Nadroga Netball Association are not very competitive so I came to join Alumni coached by Raijieli Rabitu,” she said.

“It was through our manager, Lai Tabaiwalu, who also brought in my cousin Robyn Vula and Ateca Qasenivalu in 2019.

“I did not dream of being part of the 25-member squad, to be selected in just my first season was a surprise.

“But I’m happy and honoured to be part of the squad.

“I will try my best and fight for my spot. I want to be in the final 12,” Buloubuli added.

Buloubuli and Vula are cousins. Their fathers are siblings.

And they have been the only one from their family to have achieved thus far in netball.

The weekly travel from Sigatoka for the club games was a not a major challenge as their club, Alumni, took care of travelling expenses.

Buloubuli previously played in Nadroga for the SQ Roses and now Coastal Magics.

She idolises former Australian Diamonds captain and goalkeeper Laura Geitz.

“I just love the way she plays,”she said.

She indicated Pearls goal-attack, Unaisi Rauluni is her toughest opponent to defend against.

Buloubili and Qasenivalu travel from Sigatoka every weekend to be part of the Suva Netball Association club games while Vula travels from Lautoka. She is a nurse at the Lautoka Hospital.

The Nadroga trio are all part of the 25-member squad that went through their first training session with Brazel last Saturday. The Suva Netball Association club games start on April 10.

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