Netball Fiji to develop youth players

Una Rokoura. Picture: FT FILE

As part of its three-year development plan, Netball Fiji has named a Fiji Under-21 and Talent ID squad following the PacificAus Sports Fiji Netball Youth Championship last week.

The two squads will also get a chance to play Singapore this year, according to Netball Fiji chief executive officer Vivian Koster.

Koster said this was in preparation for to 2025 Netball World Youth Championship.

“At the moment (national head coach) Una (Rokoura) is working out a program because in June we will get them to play the Singapore team that is coming for some training matches,” she said.

“The Singapore team is also preparing towards their qualifiers and part of their preparation is to play some training matches. This also fits perfectly for us because it prepares us for our tours. We have a long history of having training matches with Singapore and we will continue that momentum.”

Koster said the two youth squads would be used as training partners for the Fiji Pearls and the Fiji men’s sides “to provide that competition for them”.

Fiji U21 squad:

Shooters – Elena Drikibau, Lusiana Uluitoga, Cicelia Lewatu, Merewalesi Ravouvou, Ruthie Konusi, Nina Nakula, Joana Vakasobudu, Anatolia Bolakoro.

Midcourt – Melaia Drekevutu, Berenadeta Nauqe, Bulou Tokaniono, Virisita Kauniloloma, Adi Alisi Neisulu, Adi Lanieta Moceituba, Vilimaina Tuidraki, Alena Voreqe.

Defenders – Seruwaia Radiva, Merelita Natavo, Yvonne Nalewabau, Ledua Waqa, Mereani Logaulu, Reama Verekauat, Josephine Nailumu, Keleni Rayawa.

Talent ID Squad:

Shooters – Nina Nakula, Akisi Bolakoro, Adi Vasiti Ragigia

Midcourt – Seria Tatukivei, Lute Vananalagi, Teresia Waqanidrola, Kelera Aniluvu, Anatolia Nuku, Leilani Nayaga,

Defenders – Esivero Adui, Lydia Lavesivesi, Aliti Vulivalu, Kalesi Nadokonivalu, Vilisi Tivalele

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