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Rokoura To Finalise Pearls Squad

Fijian Pearls head coach Unaisi Rokoura will name her 15-member side for the PacificAus series next Monday after having their final trials yesterday.
23 Sep 2022 15:30
Rokoura To Finalise Pearls Squad
The Fijian Pearls extended squad during their final trials at the Vodafone Arena, Suva on September 22, 2022. Photos: Netball Fiji

Fijian Pearls head coach Un­aisi Rokoura will name her 15-member side for the Pacifi­cAus series next Monday after hav­ing their final trials yesterday.

The PacificAus Series will be from October 16-21 at USC Stadium in Sip­py Downs, Queensland, Australia.

The Pearls will take on Pacific counterparts Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga.

The 25-member squad named early this month was a mixture of sea­soned players and schoolgirls.

They have been training together for the past two weeks.

The Fijian Pearls extended squad during their final trials at the Vodafone Arena, Suva on September 22, 2022. Photos: Netball Fiji

The Fijian Pearls extended squad during their final trials at the Vodafone Arena, Suva on September 22, 2022. Photos: Netball Fiji

“There has been amazing perfor­mance from each individual player. We are just fine tuning some of the areas to work on as an extended squad,” Rokoura said.

“We had specialist camp and this week has been about putting every­thing on the court in terms of game situation.

“It has been an amazing two weeks of training.”

The seasoned players on the side include, captain Alisi Naqiri, Vaiti Waqatabu, Unaisi Rauluni and the Rusivakula sisters: Afa and Maliana while secondary school girls are Adi Cakobau School duo, Alisi Neisulu, Nina Nakula and Suva Grammar School’s Elina Drikibau.

“Having the secondary school play­ers come in to join the Fiji Pearls is a step up. It has a great opportunity to have two of our players repre­sent the PacificAus sports team; Drikibau and Nakula,” Rakula said.

“They returned on Wednesday night, they are both athletes, it was much easier when they joined net­ball as they have been playing since primary school.

“We have an open door policy which encourages the younger girls that nothing is impossible.”

Waqatabu has also fully recovered from injury after missing out in the Oceania Netball World Cup qualifi­ers in July.

“Vaiti returns with experience and connects well with young midcourt players. She has fully recovered af­ter going through great work with our conditioning programme and physiotherapist team as well.”

Story By: sereana.salalo@fijisun.com.fj



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