Fiji Pearls

Tonga beat Fiji Pearls to win Pacific Aus Netball Series

Both teams were consistent in the first quarter going toe to toe with each other.

The combination of Maliana Rusivakula and Matila Vocea kept Fiji’s goal in line with the Tongans.

Fiji Pearls wing defense Ateca Qasenivalu continue to apply pressure but Tonga proved to be a much better side.

Tonga picked up the tempo, managing a 30-26 lead at halftime.

The pressure began to intensify and it was a more physical game in the secondhalf.

Fiji Pearls Coach Unaisi Rokoura made a few changes resting Qasenivalu and bringing in Avelina Navue and Unaisi Raulini.

Fiji Pearls in shocking loss to Tonga

It was a very slow start for both sides as Fiji made a few errors leaving them trailing 11-18 behind Tonga in the first quarter.

Tonga worked hard in the early minutes wanting to leave a huge gap in the scores with quick balls on the attack.

Although Fiji was slow off the mark in the first couple of minutes, they made many opportunities with the ball as goal shooter Unaisi Rauluni failed to miss a hoop.

Fiji doubled its points at half-time but it was not enough as Tonga remained in a strong lead.

Tonga to meet Fiji after beating PNG at Australian Pacific Netball series

Tonga defeated Papua New Guinea 85-42 in their first game yesterday.

Both teams will be gunning for their second win.

Fiji Pearls beat Samoa 55-44 yesterday.

Tonga will meet Samoa on Wednesday and Singapore on Friday.

The series ends with the finals on Saturday.

 

Photo Netball Australia  Caption: Tonga takes on Papua New Guinea in their first match of the Australia Pacific series 

     

Next Pearls coach to live in Fiji

FBC News reported commission chair Peter Mazey saying a budget had been allocated to hire a new coach after Vicki Wilson's contract expired in July.

Wilson, a former New Zealand assistant coach and one of Australia's greatest players, was welcome to reapply for the role, Mazey said, but the new contract would stipulate the coach lives in Fiji.

As well as leading the national team, the Pearls coach would be required to guide local coaches to higher standards, he said.

Fiji Pearls want to remain on top ahead of the PG in PNG

Of the nine netball competitions since the start of the Pacific Games Fiji had won six and have remained unbeaten since 1995.

In 2011, netball was not contested so the sport makes a comeback after a lapse of eight years to the Pacific Games.

For the Pearls, the Pacific Games also provide an opportunity to test themselves as they build up for the Netball World Cup.

Vice-captain Maria Lutua said Fiji was going for gold.