Netball

Youngsters to attend netball program

Fiji Pearls players Elina Drikibau and Nina Nakula, and local coach Iliseva Drasuna will attend a two-week netball high performance development program in Brisbane, Australia. They will be joined by their Tongan, Samoan, and Papua New Guinea counterparts for the Athlete Immersion Programme which is an initiative of Netball Australia and Netball Queensland under the...

Netball faces low turnout

The Suva Primary School Netball competition has recorded a decrease in the number of teams taking part in this year’s tournament. Treasurer Suliana Sukatamani said ever since the success of women playing in rugby came into light, some girls had switched to playing tag rugby. “This year has been a very difficult year and also...

Yusuf: BOG a success

The Punjas Battle of the Giants which ended at Churchill Park in Lautoka was a success with the inclusion of many young talents in the senior district squads. Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said the teams did not let their fans down with their standard of football. Yusuf said the fans also...

Major role for senior netball players

Fiji Pearls coach Unaisi Rokoura relies on senior players to help the development of the squad. With the inclusion of Nina Cirikisuva and Vaiti Waqatabu, Rokoura said experience spoke volume in any development. “We cannot buy experience and having these senior players coming in during training and setting the standard motivate the players,” Rokoura said....

Rokoura: Fast 5 netball should be introduced into local competitions

Fiji Pearls coach Unaisi Rokoura hopes that Fast 5 netball be introduced into local competitions to boost players’ performance. Rokoura said a Fast 5 training environment would boost the Fijian Pearls’ preparation for the World Cup in Cape Town next year. Fast 5 is high tempo version of the normal netball game, featuring dynamic rule...

Evans embark on a new journey

Former Fiji Pearl goal shooter Alanieta Evans Mailulu has been shining in a different field in the United Kingdom lately. Mailulu represented the Fiji Pearls from 1999-2006 and now works as a Mental Nurse with the Royal Air Force Medics team in England. She has spent the last 22 years in the mental health field...

Open door policy; Coach Rokoura sets ultimatum

Players who want to be part of the Fiji Pearls will have to step up and prove themselves. Fiji Pearls coach Unaisi Rokoura has set the platform for the current players who want to make it to the national squad to Cape Town, South Africa for the Netball World Cup from July 28 to August...

Great learning experience for the Fijian Pearls

The Fiji Pearls have been on their toes learning and regrouping with the cohort of Suncorp Super Netball League athletes. Ending their one week program with a FAST5 Exhibition match sees the Fiji Pearls joining force with Adelaide Thunderbirds and the Sunshine Coast Lightning to form two teams for the match at the Vodafone Arena...

Sports policy

The Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports, Rovereto Nayacalevu highlighted on the changes made within the National Sports Policy to accommodate the changes in the sporting world. He spoke during a recent virtual presentation to highlight an update on the country pertaining to youth and sports development, highlighting relevant Commonwealth sporting issues during the 10th...

Netball Australia shifts focus on Pacific

Australia has produced world-class athletes and coaches in the sport of netball with a gold medal finish at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. Now, Netball Australia shifts its focus to the development of the sport in the Pacific where our young netters and the Fiji Pearls have been privileged to learn off some...

Netball visit to benefit players – Rokoura

Fiji Pearls coach Unaisi Rokoura says they are embracing the opportunity to learn from elite players and coaches in the Australia Super League in building a team for next year’s Netball World Cup in South Africa. A cohort of Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) League athletes in Fiji on a one-week tour to conduct school and...

Rokoura: ‘We have to prepare well for WC’

Emotional Fiji Pearls head coach Unaisi Rokoura is adamant that a one-year preparation will be enough for her team to produce better results at the Netball World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa next year. The competition will be held from July 28 to August 6, 2023. New Zealand is the defending champion of the...

Coach Rokoura happy with results

After being dropped from the Commonwealth Games, coach Unaisi Rokoura was given a tough task to revive the Fiji Pearls from its unsatisfying state. “It kind of motivating the players because some of the players were looking forward to the Commonwealth Games,” Rokoura said. “But again, you know, the Lord has different plan for us....

Koster says Fiji Pearls need game time

It’s a big relief for Netball Fiji to be able to be part of the Netball World Cup in Cape Town, says chief executive officer Vivian Koster after the Fiji Pearls defeated the Cook Islands 51-34 at the Vodafone Arena in Suva yesterday. The win cemented Fiji’s place in the World Cup which the Unaisi...

Fiji Pearls survives Samoa battle

Fiji beat Samoa 45-43 during Vodafone Oceania World Cup qualifiers at the Vodafone Arena in Suva. Both teams fought right to end but Fiji maintained their composure to record their second win of the tournament. Fiji led 14-9 in the first quarter and led 26-21 at the break. Samoa came back strongly in the third...

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