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Pearls eye top 5

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

NATIONAL netball coach Julie Hoornweg believes Fiji has what it takes to be among the top five teams in the world.

She said it was her job to give the Fiji Pearls side a push in the right direction to ensure the team progresses and climb up in ranking.

Last time she coached the national side from 1997 to 1999, Fiji was ranked sixth in the world.

"We want to go further and try and do better than before," Hoornweg said.

"I think Fiji has been consistent in recent years with fifth and seventh ranking but I think they have what it takes to do better."

"We need to be knocking on doors a bit further up with the big three England, Australia and New Zealand so let's shake it up and make it a bit harder for them."

Her job begins with the Tri-series Plus One scheduled for May 6-9 against Northern Ireland and Papua New Guinea in Suva.

Hoornweg had her first training session with the Pearls on Monday night and said she would not have to start from scratch.

"Having some history with them, I think we are starting from a very good place.

"Makes it easy for me to step in and take charge."

Fiji will defend the Pacific Netball Series in June.

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