Tonga Netball

Tonga netball officials under-go Coach and Umpire Foundation training

The training is provided under the Defence Australia workshops for Sporting Partners in Tonga including, Tonga Netball

The training saw officials from Vava’u, Ha’apai, ‘Eua, and from Tongatapu Representatives from Sports Bodies of various Ministries, Public Enterprises and NGO’s, Teachers of Higi School and Primary Schools, Sports Leaders of Villages attend.

Tonga Netball works closely with Team Up program

Team Up is a sports development program that aims to fund activities that use sports as a method to develop and instill life skills in the people of Tonga.

Tonga Netball said “Malo ‘aupito to @TeamUpProgram for spending the day with us at @TongaNetball.”

“It was lovely to get to know the Team Up staff and learn more about the different ways we can better communicate and promote the impacts of our One Netball program.”

“We look forward to using all we have learnt to help all Tongans be the best they can be through netball.”

Tala move up in netball rankings

That's based on only 15 games the Tala have played this year, while other teams in the top ten have played up to 71 times.

Also in the rankings, the Fiji Pearls drop two places - from 15th place to 17th.

This is after the Pearls lost to Botswana twice in the Nations Cup in Singapore earlier this month.

The Cook Islands are 16th, Samoa 18th, and Papua New Guinea 36th.


Tonga moves up to 9th place in Netball World ranking

The team finished both the PacificAUS Series in March 2022 and the Netball World Cup Qualifier Oceania in July 2022 unbeaten resulting in an improvement in the ranking.  World Netball requires teams to have played 6 or more matches in the ranking period to be eligible for a World Ranking.

Tonga has reached this threshold again and they now regain a world ranking, entering in 9th place in the world.  This is a remarkable achievement as their highest previous ranking was 19th.

Tongan Tala score outstanding win against Samoa

The match between the Polynesian sister teams was a tough showdown after the ladies in red had to come from behind in the second quarter to steal the lead 32-24 since Samoa was leading 17-14 after the first quarter.

Tonga Centre- Hulita Haukinima Veve and Goal Shooter- Uneeq Palavi were the players to watch in last night’s game after assisting the team in extending their lead in the third quarter 50-36.

Samoa was also very competitive from the beginning and throughout the quarters but was enough to keep Tonga from winning the game 69-52.

Tonga Netball counts on history to repeat itself

It was three years on this day, when both teams played in the Pacific Games and Tonga won 48-44.

The Pacific Kingdom’s national netball side posted on their official Facebook page encouraging their supporters to turn up in numbers.

“We will play Samoa this evening 7:30pm. May History Repeat itself.”

“Get behind our Tala’s as we take on Samoa.”

The series starts tonight with Samoa taking Tonga at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva.

Tonga will take on Samoa at 7.30pm (Fiji Time).


Tonga poised to win Oceania Netball Series

The team caused upsets at the PacificAus Sports Series after defeating Samoa and Fiji in Australia, last month.

The Oceania Netball Series is the qualification tournament for the 2023 Netball World Cup in South Africa.

The first match is scheduled for the 19th of this month where Fiji faces PNG at 5.30pm (Fiji Time) and Samoa takes on Tonga at 7.30pm (Fiji Time) at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.


Congratulatory messages for Tonga Netball ahead of PacAus series final

“Her Majesty has directed that I convey her heartfelt congratulations with best wishes to the Team members for their upcoming game,” the Queen’s Deputy Private Secretary, Kathleen Nina Tupou said in a message to the Team’s manager Kerrianne Farrelly,

Prime Minister Hu’akavameiliku also congratulated the national netball team for their winning performances at the Australia Pacific Netball Series in Sydney this week and wished them well in their final against Fiji today.

The national side has defeated Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Samoa and currently leads the series.

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 


Tonga Netball secures 10 year funding partnership with Australia

The kingdom’s national team has thanked Australia in a statement for securing another 10 year funding partnership.

“I’d like to give special acknowledgement to the Government of Australia through Netball Australia and our close partnership in the Australian Government-funded Pacific Sports Partnerships in past which will now continue to Australia Sports Partnership.”

“The Australian High Commission in Nuku'alofa, His Excellency and staff, we cannot thank you enough.”