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Pearls win again

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, May 10, 2014

FIJI Pearls put to rest all doubts about their Digicel Tri-Series Netball win after a convincing 60-46 victory over Northern Ireland at Vodafone Arena in Suva last night.

The national side edged the visitors 60-59 in a close tussle on Thursday night to claim the series.

Fiji overcame Papua New Guinea 67-41 in the opening match on Tuesday night.

In last night's match, both teams went on fighting neck to neck in the opening quarter before Fiji took command to take a slender lead of 18-12.

Coach Julie Hoornweg made some positional changes in the second quarter bringing skipper Matila Waqanidrola to her original goal keeper's position from goal defence to replace with debutante Sera Dakuitoga.

Veteran Lusi Robanakadavu came in at goal defence and Fiji took control of the Irish attack well to extend its lead to 32-24 at the break.

The national side maintained the composure in the third quarter despite some rusty shooting to retain the lead on 48-35.

Northern Ireland tried hard to come back in the final quarter but the inspired Pearls took control of the match and nailed the 60-46 win.

Coach Hoornweg said it was a good turn around in performance from the one point win on Thursday night.

Northern Ireland Kate Carpenter said the lack of depth in the bench hurt their ambition.

"In terms of performance, to hang in there for a score line of 14 is pretty good given the circumstances," she added.





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