THE Fiji netball under-21 side fought hard in the final quarter to maintain its ninth place rankings in the World Youth Netball Championship in Glasgow, Scotland yesterday.
The national side defeated neighbours Samoa 52-48 in a torrid battle which went down to the wire.
Skipper Raijieli Daveua once again proved her worth with some desperate jumps to deprive the Samoan shooters from high feeds.
The Samoan defence played equally well to contain the Fiji attack but the national side managed a slender lead at the end of the opening quarter.
Fiji maintained the lead and was six goals up at the break before the Samoans bounced back and levelled the scores in the final quarter.
"With eight minutes left on the clock, the score was level at 44 all, but Fiji found inner strength to pull away again, and immediately scored an important four goal run," Planet Netball reported.
"They ran out winners, but netball really was the winner here, with a fantastic game played in fantastic spirit."
Samoa skipper Analina Tone said: "We're friends off court. It's a great opportunity for people from different countries to form new friendships and new concoctions and it's probably a highlight of the competition apart from the actual games themselves."
Meanwhile, Botswana has been given the rights to host the 2017 World Youth Netball Championship ahead of the Cook Islands.