18 Aug 2015

Sport: Fiji netball looking for more diverse opposition

11:44 am on 18 August 2015

Fiji Netball is close to announcing a series of international matches to address concerns highlighted during their performance at the World Cup.

The Pearls finished a disappointing 11th in Sydney, winning five of eight games but losing to Wales, Uganda and Samoa.

There's no Pacific Series scheduled until 2017 and coach Kate Carpenter says officials have been in discussions with a number of countries about arranging games over the next 12 months to beef up their calendar.

"I think that's one of the strengths now of Netball Fiji so it's not four years [between World Cups] and then pick up the program again - that there's something constant and there is constant development of players. One of the particular areas is to have opportunities to play leading sides but also sides outside the region because that was a stand-out too: how difficult it is to play against teams that you haven't seen before play a different style and adapt and read that. The more we play outside the region the easier that gets and the more knowledge that we have, as a group, around how other countries play".

Meanwhile Samoa finished one place higher than Fiji at the World Cup but coach Marcia Hardcastle admits their schedule over the coming 12 months is looking quite bare.

Fiji players thank fans at the Netball World Cup in Sydney.

Fiji players thank fans at the Netball World Cup in Sydney. Photo: Netball World Cup 2015 SYDNEY

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