14 April, 2018, 12:00 am
THE Fiji netball team has ended its Commonwealth Games campaign winless after losing its last match 32-81 to Wales last night at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
But good news is International Netball Federation’s permission to allow Fiji to host the 2021 Netball Youth World Cup which will see 20 countries competing.
This was revealed by Netball Fiji president Wainikiti Bogidrau after the loss last night.
“There were three meetings and one of them saw us signing the agreement to host the world cup. That’s exciting and to have the backing of Government this will mean a big economic boost for the country,” she said.
Bogidrau was disappointed with the no win performance saying the focus now was the Netball World Cup qualification which starts next week.
“It’s been a disappointing outing and we need to seriously ask ourselves a lot of questions. Several of our players got injured and became unavailable after day one and our aim now is to turn around, especially with the Oceania qualification which starts next week.”
Coach Vicky Wilson said scouting for more players would begin as soon as the team returns home on the weekend.
It will include some players from New Zealand. Those injured will be reviewed including Afa Rusivakula who is pregnant, but medically cleared to play in the games.
Wales, meanwhile, led from the first quarter 21-5, 43-17 at halftime, 58-28 after the third quarter and won 81-32.