1 Aug 2015

Sport : Samoa netball sets sights on top 10 ranking

9:23 am on 1 August 2015
The Samoan netball team in Fiji for the Oceania Tri Series.

The Samoan netball team in Fiji for the Oceania Tri Series. Photo: Netball Samoa

The Samoa netball team has its sights set on breaking into a top 10 world ranking and will get no better chance to do that when the Netball World Cup kicks off this Friday.

The team arrives in Sydney on Wednesday and will have one training session before playing a warm-up game against Uganda the following day.

Samoa, which has a current world ranking of 13, has a tough opening game against Jamaica on Friday.

The coach Marcia Hardcastle says they were disappointed with their bronze medal effort at the recent Pacific Games but expects stronger performances at the World Cup.

"Our two co-captains which is Julianna [Naoupu] and Opheira [Harder-Karatau], they're both carrying small injuries but they will be the key players in taking the team forward. And we have got a couple of defenders that we really didn't have full percentage of them at PNG because they were injured and sick, it will be a different team at the world cup."

Marcia Hardcastle says five of the current squad have previous World Cup experience.