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New Pearls coach

Maciu Malo
Friday, August 22, 2014

FIJI Pearls newly appointed head coach Kate Carpenter is excited and humbled to be involved with Fiji netball.

The Christchurch, New Zealand-born mentor who also played a huge part in the success of former Silver Ferns defender Vilimaina Davu is eager to offer her experience for the benefit of the Fijian netters.

Carpenter said her aim was to guide the national netters to greater heights.

"I am privileged to be coaching Fiji because Fiji is ranked 7th in the world and one of the leading netball nations," she said.

"It is also a good time to be involved with the Fiji team coaching because of the plans, interaction and sponsorship that gives a lot of stability around my position.

"We have got some target in place for the national team and for the under-21."

The former Northern Ireland netball team mentor is eager to witness the Fijian talents during the two-day Digicel Punjas Netball Championship in Lautoka that kicks off today.

She said the strength of the national team depended on the domestic competition.

"I am looking forward to watch the netters during the two days of competition," said Carpenter.

"The competitive of the domestic competition always reflects on the performance of the national teams and I am excited to see the talents on display during the tournament.

"I will try and maintain the current game we play and to maintain our spot in the Top 8."

Carpenter was the coach of the Papua New Guinea side in 1997 to 1998.

She also spent three years as a national coach and technical manager for the Singapore netball team before returning home to coach the Central Pulse in the ANZ championships.

The 46-year-old later guided the Northern Ireland team to the recent Commonwealth Games before taking up her fifth international coaching career with the Fiji Pearls.

Carpenter's contract with the Pearls will be for three years.

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