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Brothers Take Men’s Netball To The Next Level

Men’s netball has grown over the years and to be captain of the first Fiji men’s team is a bonus for Vilive Wainidroa of Vatu­tu, Nawaka.
09 Jun 2022 16:15
Brothers Take Men’s Netball To The Next Level
From left: Brothers Semesa Wainidroa and Vilive Wainidroa. Photo: Sereana Salalo

Men’s netball has grown over the years and to be captain of the first Fiji men’s team is a bonus for Vilive Wainidroa of Vatu­tu, Nawaka.

It is more honourable to share the court with younger brother, Semesa Wainidroa.

The Wainidroa siblings, who are brothers to Alisi Galo Wainidroa of the Fi­jian Pearls, share maternal links in Ketei, Totoya, Lau.

Last week, the men’s net­ball team was impressive with its two wins against Singapore 62-29, and the Fiji Pearls selection 62-38.

The men were invited to be part of Singapore’s five training matches last week and Vilive indicated it would only get better.

“We are very proud to be invited to be part of the training matches that Sin­gapore came over for,” Vili­ve said.

“We played our first game; it was a satisfying win. I take my hat off to the rest of the team for the effort done and we knew we were going to play against our very own.

“One thing I told my team was that when we jumped into the court, we don’t play like Fiji Pearls, we play like Fiji men’s. So that was what we did. We showcased it and we really pushed the girls to their limits.

“From now on, we will be waiting, listening and be praying for whatever Net­ball Fiji will have in place for the men’s netball in Fiji.

“I’m sure the Fiji Pearls have the men’s team in full support for them from now until the qualifiers in July and right through to the World Cup.”

Playing alongside his brother is not new for the police officer.

The siblings have played for respective clubs affili­ated with the Suva Netball Association.

Semesa, who is a shooter, plays for Tiki while Vilive plays for Alumni.

“Our teams play against each other in the club com­petitions, and I don’t take his height for nothing,” he said.

“Being in the same team, it’s an honour. I get to learn new things from young ones, and they get to learn from us senior players. So, it works both ways.

“I’m grateful because for this bond we have created in this one week of tourna­ment, it will go on and we’ll carry the flag for Fiji men.

“To be honest, across the country, netball for men has really improved and the number of teams have increased over the years. Unfortunately, Netball Fiji can only select 12 men to represent the country.

“Across the country, in their respective district and club, men are willing and wanting to be part of this team,” Vilive added.

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