Pearls shine in Fijian hearts – Vocal crowd during Fiji’s games in Aust

Fiji Pearls fans at the PacificAus Sports Series in Australia last week. Picture: SUPPLIED

Members of the Fijian community in Sydney, Australia, came out in numbers to support the Fiji Pearls in the PacificAus Sports Series last week.

Former Nasinu Netball Association president Mereseini Delai spoke said it was good to see a lot of Fijian fans turning up to the national side’s games. “Congratulations to the Fiji Pearls for their gallant effort during the PacificAus Sports Netball Series in the past week,” she said.

“Despite having a young side, the team showed some of that flair that we are known for.

“I acknowledge the work of the coach and the senior players in preparing the five players who made their debut during the tournament.

“I commend Fiji Pearls captain Alisi Naqiri for her leadership throughout the series and for representing our district of Nasinu at the games.”

Delai, is a sports lover and always make time to attend any tournament that involves Fiji national teams, whether it be netball or rugby. She had the chance to help groom captain Alisi Naqiri, Ateca Qasenivalu and Vaiti Waqatabu during her time here in Fiji.

“I am certain that the Fiji Pearls will take on the learnings from this competition and use it to improve their standard for the World Cup Qualifiers that will be held in Fiji in July.

“A key area to work on would be building on those connections particularly in their attack through-court and also in capitalising on gains and turnovers by converting them into goals.

“While the result went in favour of the Tongans, I am really happy with what our girls have achieved during this series.

“I wish the Fiji Pearls the best in their preparations for Cape Town 2023.”

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