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Tavui set for Pearls debut

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, May 02, 2014

SHE put on a brave, confident looking face but couldn't hide that slight nervousness when taking on the media for the first time yesterday.

She is Vilisi Tavui, the latest inclusion in the Fiji Pearls team for the Digicel Tri Series Plus One netball competition which starts on Tuesday next week in Suva.

The six feet tall defender is one of the two debutantes named by coach Julie Hoornweg for the series, which also includes Northern Ireland and Papua New Guinea.

The other newcomer is Debra Delana.

The 17-year-old Tavui, who is the cousin of former national skipper and coach Unaisi Rokoura, believes she is ready for the test.

"I have been part of the team as an invitee for about a year now and I'm ready for the challenge. It feels great to be named in the national side," the Year 12 Student of Lelean Memorial School said.

"I have enjoyed the experience with the team so far and looking forward to learning more from the other players in the team."

Tavui, who plays basketball for Raiwaqa club Sparks, said juggling between her studies and netball was a real challenge.

The commerce student who is aspiring to become a schoolteacher said the support from her teammates and friends had helped overcome that hurdle.

Tavui also credited Rokoura and her idol Matila Waqanidrola, who will captain the national team, for her selection.

Waqanidrola said she was looking forward to playing alongside the newbie adding Tavui would provide her with a good challenge to remain competitive.

Fiji Pearls:

Afa Rusivakula, Alesi Waqa, Debra Delana, Jane Dikini, Lusi Robanakadavu, Maria Lutua, Matila Waqanidrola, Nina Cirikisuva, Sera Dakuitoga, Teimumu Vukinavanua, Vaiti Waqatabu, Vilisi Tavui

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