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Netball plan

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

FORMER Fiji netball coach Julie Hoornweg is back with the team and now has less than two weeks to put together a formidable side to play in the Tri-Series Plus One next week.

She arrived into the country over the weekend and was at the Suva Netball Association knockout competition on Saturday to check out the local talent.

Yesterday she had her first run with the Fiji Pearls side and said she would not make drastic changes right away.

The former England coach will guide the Pearls in the Tri-series Plus One scheduled for May 6-9 against Northern Ireland and Papua New Guinea in Suva.

"I will be having a look at them (players), and then work out plan for next two weeks," Hoornweg said.

"At the moment, just see where they are at and it would take me a few days to work that out."

She said making changes in such a short time before the competition would not bode well for the players and the team.

"I've got my way of doing things, so a little bits of changes because we have a week and a half and we will look at what we can do.

"Too much change in short time is not good because we don't know their bodies would react to it so gradual changes.

"We would need to see what they are doing then make the changes where required but little by little.

"I would however, look at the physical, mental and also diet and also recovery part."

Hoornweg said the players had what it took to be like the top teams in the world.

"I'm absolutely certain there will be athleticism and flair and I will have lots of raw material to work with and I might be able to have an impact on them and put a team together that will be very competitive."

Netball Fiji president Wainikiti Bogidrau said they were fortunate to have Hoornweg back.

"We have full confidence in her ability to steer the team in the right direction," she said.

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