LAUTOKA Netball Association are surprised with the large number of clubs that have joined the association for the new season.
Yesterday, LNA conducted friendly games between the clubs to get the spirit of the game going before the season proper starts on May 19.
LNA vice-president Tima Bouwalu said they were positive more teams would register.
"We have more than 25 clubs registered for Lautoka this season. This is a huge number compared to last year when we had less than 20 clubs," she said.
Defending champion Downer, Credit Corp and Shineon are some of the top teams in the competition. Bouwalu said they wanted to lift the level of competition.
"Last year we had less teams in the competition, now we are surprised with the number of clubs registering. We are organising these friendly games to attract more teams for the season. We are expecting more within the next few weeks," Bouwalu said.
Meanwhile, seven western-based players are in the Fiji under-21 side preparing for the World Junior Netball Championship in Singapore next year.
Also Raijeli Daurewa is the lone Lautoka-based player to be in the Fiji netball team for the Pacific Series.
Bouwalu said Daurewa's selection was a challenge to the other players vying to represent Fiji in the future.