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Hoornweg makes two changes

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, May 29, 2014

COACH Julie Hoornweg has made two changes in the Fiji Pearls team for the upcoming Pacific Netball Series in the Cook Islands.

Shooter Unaisi Rauluni and defender Raijeli Daveua have joined the team for the series to be held from June 2 to 7.

They replace Vilise Tavui and Jane Costello who are the non-travelling reserves.

The national side, which is also the defending champions, will leave the country tomorrow for the Cook Islands where they will play the hosts, Samoa and Papua New Guinea in the series.

The week-long series will also serve as the 2015 World Netball Championship qualifiers.

Hoornweg said the inclusion of Rauluni and Daveua, who had a stint in Singapore, would boost the side.

"They are both very athletic, they both have very good ball skills and they are fit and fast. They are going to be certainly an asset to the team," the veteran mentor said.

"I will have to fit them in our team strategy and catch them up on the work that they have been missing and that's quite a challenge but we are up for the challenge."

Hoornweg is impressed with the progress made by the players since the Digicel Tri-Series Plus One competition earlier this month.

She said the team had progressed well and was "close to ready" for the series.

Meanwhile, Netball Fiji yesterday received financial boost from sponsor's Pearl South Pacific Resort & Spa and the Fiji Government.

The sponsors presented $15,000 and kits for the players while the government gave $85,000 towards the World Cup qualifiers.

Team: Afa Rusivakula, Alesi Waqa, Debra Delana, Raijeli Daveua, Lusi Robanakadavu, Maria Lutua, Matila Waqanidrola, Nina Cirikisuva, Sera Dakuitoga, Teimumu Vukinavanua, Vaiti Waqatabu, Unaisi Rauluni

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