Netball

Rokoura: ‘We have to prepare well for WC’

Emotional Fiji Pearls head coach Unaisi Rokoura is adamant that a one-year preparation will be enough for her team to produce better results at the Netball World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa next year. The competition will be held from July 28 to August 6, 2023. New Zealand is the defending champion of the...

Coach Rokoura happy with results

After being dropped from the Commonwealth Games, coach Unaisi Rokoura was given a tough task to revive the Fiji Pearls from its unsatisfying state. “It kind of motivating the players because some of the players were looking forward to the Commonwealth Games,” Rokoura said. “But again, you know, the Lord has different plan for us....

Koster says Fiji Pearls need game time

It’s a big relief for Netball Fiji to be able to be part of the Netball World Cup in Cape Town, says chief executive officer Vivian Koster after the Fiji Pearls defeated the Cook Islands 51-34 at the Vodafone Arena in Suva yesterday. The win cemented Fiji’s place in the World Cup which the Unaisi...

Fiji Pearls survives Samoa battle

Fiji beat Samoa 45-43 during Vodafone Oceania World Cup qualifiers at the Vodafone Arena in Suva. Both teams fought right to end but Fiji maintained their composure to record their second win of the tournament. Fiji led 14-9 in the first quarter and led 26-21 at the break. Samoa came back strongly in the third...

Pearls fall to Tonga – Rokoura laments loss

Possession is vital, but unfortunately for the Fiji Pearls, they gave most of it away which caused their downfall to Tonga 29-59 in the second round of the Vodafone Oceania World Cup Qualifiers on Wednesday night in Suva. Fiji was no match against their fitter Tongan counterparts whose fans painted the stands red with their...

Fiji Pearls thrashed by Tonga

Fiji Pearls will need to improve on their performance if they want to make it to the top two spots for the World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa next year. The national netball team went down to Tonga 59-29 in the second round of the Vodafone Oceania World Cup qualifiers at the Vodafone Arena...

Good start for Fiji netball

The Fiji Pearls started their Vodafone Oceania Netball World Cup Qualifiers campaign with a 74-32 win against the PNG Pepes last night. Playing in front of a vocal home crowd at the Vodafone Arena, the Unaisi Rokoura-coached side shot off to a 15-7 lead in the first quarter and then 39-12 at the break. The...

Netball Fiji set eyes on World Cup

The Fiji Pearls side has set its sight on the 2023 Netball World Cup in South Africa. They start their campaign against the Papua New Guinea side at the Oceania Netball World Cup Qualifiers in Suva this afternoon. Netball Fiji chief executive officer Vivian Coster said the management, players and officials all had the same...

Fiji Pearls push for World Cup spot

The Fiji Pearls team is ready to take on teams in the region at the Oceania Netball World Cup Qualifiers that starts in Suva today. Fiji Pearls captain Alisi Naqiri said the first match against Papua New Guinea Pepes would not be easy but her side had prepared well. “We know fans are expecting a win from...

Teams head into quarters

The National Netball Centre in Suva was a hive of activity as the eighth round of the Rexona 2022 Mixed Volleyball Business League competition took place in an electrifying atmosphere on Wednesday night. Tournament organiser Alan Kumar of Bula Events Group confirmed 44 games were played as teams were battling for a spot in the...

Naqiri’s tough journey

Alisi Naqiri says she doesn’t want to be measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her, but she prefers to be measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes. Naqiri is a mother of three, a police constable and...

Pearls up for challenge

Netball Fiji is working on fine-tuning players’ skills before they take on teams in the World Cup Oceania Qualifier from July 19-23 at the Vodafone Arena in Suva. With the announcement of the national team, the Pearls see the return of overseas-based Maria Lutua Rusivakula as vice-captain and Nina Cirikisuva. The team is captained by...

Netball Fiji welcomes Test plan

Netball Fiji will have a tough task in selecting the 18-member squad for the World Cup qualifiers next month. Head coach Unaisi Rokoura said their recent matches had provided the platform for her to choose her 18-member squad for the World Cup qualifiers in July. “It was a good run for the Fiji Pearls’ extended...

Netball knockout event hailed a success

The secretary of Lautoka Men’s and Mixed Netball Association Semi Vakarewa has labelled their season opening knockout competition last Saturday at the Lautoka Multi-Purpose Courts as a success. Vakarewa said they were thrilled to be back in action after two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The support was tremendous,” he said. “We waited for...

Pearls fight back to win

The Fiji Pearls Selection made it two from two to beat the touring Singapore women’s side 48-43 at the FMF Gymnasium in Laucala Bay, Suva last night. The hosts had won the first match 50-47 on Monday. The Unaisi Rokoura-coached side made a slow start to the match and trailed the visitors 12-13 in the...

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