Fiji has potential

Merelita Waqanidrola (left) and Episake Kahatoka defend against Barbados during the Commonwealth Games netball competition. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

FIJI Pearls manager Ruci Nasemira says Fiji haslot of potential in netball.

“I am honoured to be the manager of the Fiji Pearls team,” she said.

“I have been the manager of the Fiji Police netball team in the Sukuna Bowl which had been winning the competition for the past few years.

“It is a challenging job, but I love my job. We are working towards the World Cup qualifiers later this month.”

She said Fiji had a lot of potential in netball.

“It has been an interesting and exciting journey for me as a manager of the team,” she said.

“I am trying to instil discipline in the girls so they can become good netball players since we have a lot of young girls in the team.

“Netball is a sport where we need discipline in the court. It is nothing different, but it is good to be with the girls in the work arena.”

The 45-year-old who is originally from Beqa said it would take time for the players to fully develop.

“I was on sports leave and I have a big support from commissioner of police who had released me to be with the team in the Commonwealth Games,” she said.

“We have a young team mostly the under-21 national reps in the senior team and it is the time to develop the players for future and netball.

“Competing at the Commonwealth Games was a very good exposure for the players and we will definitely have a strong team in the next couple of years’ time.

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