Kadavu rules U14 grade in Central Division

The wining Kadavu U14 Netball team after the final against Suva in the Primary Schools Netball compertition at the National Netball centre yesterday. Kadavu won the game 12-11. Picture ATU RASEA

NETBALL Fiji country co-ordinator Unaisi Rokoura was impressed with the result of the Central Division Primary Schools inter-district netball competition.

She credited the performance of the primary school netballers to the development from the teachers.

In the Major Division, Kadavu took home the under-14 and U9 titles, Suva was crowned the U13 and U11 grade winners and Nasinu Red took home the U10 and U12 titles.

Rokoura said the teachers played a very important role in the development of these young players.

“Right now all I could say that we are impressed with the girls performance especially the Kadavu teams and credit goes out to the teachers,” she said.

“We see the teams performing a different style of netball and this was achieved by the teachers who attended the NetGo Oceania coaching program last year and the beginning of this year.

“We had one teacher from Kadavu who attended the program and look at what she did with her teams, all qualified for the finals.

“What she has learnt she has really put into practice with the Kadavu teams and it is just amazing.

“This shows development. Talking about development, it’s not by the clubs but the hard work the teachers have done during training.

“For me as the country co-ordinator, I am really amazed and full of smiles because the development is actually showing. Our main goal is that if we build confidence in teachers they become quality netball coaches.

“Congratulations to all the teachers and amazing job they’ve done and at the end of the day it is a big goal for Netball Fiji.”

The former national netball skipper spoke on how these players can transform and prepare for the 2021 U21 championship that Fiji will host.

“Netball Fiji is planning to run a junior training camp at the end of the year for players from the ages of 13-15 years old and its this kind of competition where we will scout our players.

“I’ve already taken down some names and we have got some very tall 13-year-olds and we should not ignore this and start preparing our girls for the under-21 championship.”

Rokoura also said a set of 50 teachers would take part in a coaching program next week.

Major Division results: U9 Kadavu Black Fern 7 – Nasinu Red 6 U10 Suva Sapphire 5 – Nasinu Red 11 U11 Suva Diamond 18 vs Kadavu 7 U12 Nasinu Red 19 vs Kadavu 11 U13 Suva Sapphire 14 – Kadavu Gold 9 U14 Kadavu 12 – Suva Gold 11

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