Tonga Netball

Tonga finishes 8th at the Netball World Cup

The team is now ranked one place behind Malawi after losing their last game 54-64 to them.

Tonga now also places one place ahead of Wales after the competition.

The ladies in red and white dresses won three out of 9 games they played all together.

Meanwhile, Australia is ranked first ahead of England in second and Jamaica in third place.

     

Fiji Pearls ready for Tonga

To ensure readiness, the team has engaged in warm-up matches and focused on mental preparation.

“When we play Jamaica it’s like the playing style against Zimbabwe and of course New Zealand and Scotland has the similar style as Australia”

Rokoura is confident in the players’ ability to adapt to the new environment and expects a strong performance.

The Fiji Pearls will compete against Tonga on Friday at 7pm.

     

Tonga Tala’s Kelea Iongi signs with Central Pulse

Iongi was formerly with the New South Wales Swift and has been a regular for the Tongan Tala netball team.

She is in the Tala squad preparing to travel to the Netball World Cup in South Africa.

     

Tonga Netball player Mo’onia Gerrard mourns the loss of her mother

The Tonga Netball team announced the tragic news in their official Facebook page.

“Tonga Netball & Tala would like to share our deepest sympathy with Mo’onia Gerrard, Mark Gerrard and your Family having lost your Mother, the Late Kalasi Gerrard.”

Tonga Netball also said Kalasi and her family is no stranger to netball and national sporting federations.

“Kalasi was no stranger to Tonga Netball and Sports in the Kingdom as she is a sibling of the Famous Iongi’s where a few of them represented Tonga in National Sports.”

Tonga Netball Association to offer special deals to Tala fans

TNA posted a notice on their official Facebook page that stated “Notice to our TALA supporters who will be joining our girls in Cape Town from July 28th to August 6th 2023!”

“If you have not purchased you game tickets yet, please message us as we may have a sweet deal for you for seats directly behind our team!”

“This offer will be available until Saturday 1st of July! Message us now and we will give you all the details you need to know.”

Tonga will be playing against Fiji in their first game on July 28 before they face Australia in their second game on July 29.

"Anything can happen" Tala coach on Tonga's Netball World Cup debut

 Head coach Jaqua Pori-Makea-Simpson says she is excited with the set of players they have as they enter their final preparation phase for their World Cup debut.

"Look, I think all you need is a chance and anything can happen. We have proven that. We are on 20 or 21 test match wins in a row now," she told RNZ Pacific on Monday.

"We also appreciate that we haven't necessarily played against the variety that we will come up against in a World Cup. You know, we currently [are] technically ranked seventh and we would expect no less.

Sporting royalty line up for Tonga world cup teams

Among them are world cup winner Mo'onia Gerrard and ex-Wallaby Israel Folau.

Tonga Netball has named three experienced international reps in their 15-member Tala squad for the upcoming Netball World Cup in South Africa in July.

Former Australian netball rep Mo'onia Gerrard, former Silver Fern Cathrine Tuivati and former Australian Olympian Jessyka Ngauamo are on their way to Cape Town next month with the Pacific champions.

The improvement in the Tongan team has been remarkable over the past two years improving its status from unranked to currently world No.6.

Aussie great comes out of retirement to help lead Tonga in World Cup

The 42-year-old defender is one of 15 players named for the Tonga Tala to travel to Cape Town to take on the world’s best starting last July.

It means the ex-Diamond will come up against her former side, with Tonga drawn in the same pool as 11-time world champions Australia.

Gerrard last played top level netball a decade ago, finishing up with the NSW Swifts back in 2013.

She’s a two-time netball world champion, winning gold with Australia back at the Singapore and Auckland world cups in 2011 and 2007.

Uneeq Palavi shines in Tonga’s round 4 win against Samoa

Palavi scored the highest points after scoring a total of 67 goals, enabling her side to beat Samoa 79-53.

The game showcased tough competition from both teams but Tonga proved to be the toughest and led after the first quarter 23-10.

This is before the team extended their lead 45-17 in the second quarter and stayed in the lead right after the third quarter 66-30.

Tonga will face Fiji in the semifinals and Samoa will also Singapore in the same round.

Both games will be held tonight.

     

Tonga remains unbeaten in the PacificAUS Sports Netball Series

The side defeated Zambia 59-47 in their third game at the Gold Coast Sports & Leisure Centre yesterday.

As in their last two games, the Tongans began their lead from the first quarter 18-8, before extending their lead to 31-24 in the second quarter.

The side stayed in the lead in the third quarter 44-35.

Tonga will now meet Samoa in the fourth round of the competition tonight.