The Fiji Pearls are deep into their preparations after the final 12 players were selected for the 17th Pacific Games, scheduled to take place in the Solomon Islands from November 19-December 2.
A 24-member extended squad was selected following the 2023 Digicel Punjas National Championship.
The extended squad was then split into two teams to compete in the FijiAus Quad Series, where the Netball Fiji selectors were able to identify the final 12 players for the Pacific Games.
Head coach Unaisi Rokoura emphasised the importance of these events as a perfect platform to assess her players. Rokoura explained that it allowed them to thoroughly examine all aspects of the game, assess individual players, and address the specific needs of each sub-group.
“This allowed us to split the extended squad we select from the National Champ, put them into two teams in the Quad Series. We looked at all areas of the game, individual players and the need in each sub-group,” said Rokoura.
Rokoura expressed her confidence in the team’s selection, highlighting the significance of having a blend of experienced players and emerging talents.
“The mixture of senior players and these young talents is crucial for the team. Having this blend brings a different style of play, maturity on the court, and a sense of control to our game,” said Rokoura.
With only four weeks left before their departure for Honiara, Rokoura is determined to fine-tune all areas of their game.
“We will engage in a team bonding activity,” Rokoura said.
“Team culture, bonding, revisiting our team values, and our goals for the Pacific Games are all essential aspects of our preparation.”