Quad series a build up for Games

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Netball Fiji CEO Vivian Koster at Digicel in Suva. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

With the Fiji Australia Quad Series coming to an end yesterday after three days of competition, Netball Fiji chief executive officer Vivan Koster said the tournament provided the Fiji Pearls with the opportunity to gauge their performance before heading into the Pacific Games next month.

“The tournament was an opportunity for us to test our extended squad and conduct final trials for the Pacific Games. It was also an opportunity to host two Australian teams for netball and cultural exchange,” Koster said.

The tournament gave the Pearls the opportunity to test themselves and fight for a spot in the squad for the games in Solomon Islands.

“A key part of this tournament was the preparation of the team, playing against two teams from Australia, who is currently number one in the World Netball rankings.

“That is the benefit of having these matches with a variety of teams. Fiji fielded two teams to the series, with the two Australian sides being Sunshine Coast Thunder and South Coast Blaze.

“Our players are self-assessing and have a measure for what they need to do to get to where they want.

“This is especially true for the newer squad members — a fair number of whom are under 21 which puts Fiji in good stead.”

Despite not participating in the last Pacific Games in Samoa in 2019, the Pearls have set their eyes on gold for this year’s tournament.