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Baby Pearls Coaches Call For More Matches

The Fijian Under-21 netball selection team needs more exposure, say their coaches. Iliseva Drasuna and Lusiana Rakavono Vesikuru made the comment after the U21 side was thrashed 67-30 by Singapore at the FMF Gymnasium, Suva, on Friday night.
04 Jun 2022 12:57
Baby Pearls Coaches Call For More Matches
Fijian Under- 21 Selection coaches, Lusiana Rakavono Vesikuru (left) and Iliseva Drasuna at the FMF Gym, Suva, on June 3, 2022. Photo: Sereana Salalo

The Fijian Under-21 netball selection team needs more exposure, say their coaches.
Iliseva Drasuna and Lusiana Rakavono Vesikuru made the comment after the U21 side was thrashed 67-30 by Singapore at the FMF Gymnasium, Suva, on Friday night.

However, they were impressed at how their players fared against the experienced Singapore players.
“We wanted to utilise all our players to give them the exposure,” Drasuna said.

“What we did at training, the girls executed. There were some good plays and our defence worked out.”

The youngest players in the team were 15 years-olds and Drasuna indicated the young side has more than enough time to prepare for the 2025 World Youth Championship.

“We needed more matches for them either regional or internationally,” Vesikuru said.

In the second game, the Fiji men’s side defeated the Fijian Pearls Selection, 60-38.

Netball Fiji will host the Oceania qualifiers on July 16-23.

Meanwhile, Drasuna and Vesikuru have been selected by Netball Queensland to undertake a Coach Immersion Programme supported by the PacificAus Sports Partnership. They have begun with online classes and will attend a practical session in Queensland in September.

The coaches will be mentored by Jenny Brazel, a former Fijian Pearls coach.

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