Fiji names team for Netball World Cup 2023

Netball Fiji today named the Fiji Pearls team to compete in the Netball World Cup scheduled for July 28-August 6 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Commenting on the selection process, coach Unaisi Rokoura said it was an extensive process to ensure athletes were provided the opportunity to compete and earn themselves a spot in the national team.

“The selectors and I together with the specialist coaches, Yvette McCausland-Durie and Cathy Fellows, are proud of all the athletes that put their hand up to trial and ultimately represent Fiji. We thank all athletes for their commitment and effort.”

Fiji Pearls Team

  1. Lydia Panapasa
  2. Unaisi Kubunameca
  3. Maliana Rusivakula
  4. Jimaima Kete
  5. Maria Lutua Rusivakula
  6. Anaseni Nauqe
  7. Elina Drikibau
  8. Ana Moi
  9. Ro Kalesi Tawake
  10. Josephine Tabua
  11. Adi Vakacegu Bolokoro
  12. Kelera Nawai
  13. Reama Verekauta
  14. Avelina Navue
  15. Naviniya Sivo

Ahead of the competition, Rokoura admits it will be a tough campaign, appealing for “positive thoughts and prayers.”

Netball Fiji CEO Vivian Koster echoed the same sentiments. She also acknowledged the effort and dedication shown by all the athletes in the extended squad who competed to earn their place on the team.

“We are only able to name 12 players plus three reserves but we do so knowing the fight that each player in the broader squad put up to make it. We wish the Fiji Pearls well in the Netball World Cup.”

Photos: Netball Fiji

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