Fiji Pearls coach on the lookout

Lautoka Stars goal shooter Laite Taga passes the ball during the Digicel/ Punjas National Netball Championships at the national netball center in Suva yesterday. Picture: SOPHIE RALULU

Fiji Pearls head coach Unaisi Rokoura says she is currently on the lookout for players to represent the country at the Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands in November.

Rokoura mentioned this while fielding the Fiji Invitational side at the 2023 Digicel Punjas National Netball Championship, where they only participate in exhibition matches.

“So, we are currently looking for players that we can get to represent the country and be part of the Pearls to the Pacific Games later this year.

“We will be selecting a 23-member side, and I already have a few players in mind at the moment,” she said.

Rokoura said fielding their Fiji Invitational side at the competition would give young players the opportunity to play against their netball idols and allow them to learn a few tricks and skills.

“The Fiji Invitational side comprises players, mostly members of the Fiji Pearls with other players. We wanted them to come and take part so that we could inspire players, especially the younger ones to continue to chase their dreams and for them to understand that anyone can reach their level through hard work and dedication.

“There were also some senior teams that really matched up to us and it was a good reality check for our girls, to gauge our performance.”

She also mentioned she was happy to see teams from maritime islands take part in the competition.

“We also had teams from Koro, Kadavu, and even from Vanua Levu taking part in the competition, and it’s nice to have this because it shows us, people there are playing netball.

“As for the national team to the Pacific Games, we will probably be naming our squad later this month.”

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