Pearls bounce back

Fiji Pearls wing defender Alisi Galo beats the Singapore goal shooter during their Netball All Nations Cup match at the OCBC Arena in Singapore on Monday. Picture: NETBALL SINGAPORE

The Fiji Pearls got their Netball Nations Cup 2022 campaign back on track after beating hosts Singapore 60-53 at the OCBC Arena on Monday.

The side had lost its first match 43- 60 against Botswana last Sunday.

Netball Fiji chief executive officer Vivian Koster said the players came out strong in their against Singapore.

She said the Netball Nations Cup would give them some insights on what to expect during the Netball World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa next year.

“Botswana played really well, showing their own style of play and they pressured the girls, but they adapted to it very well,” Koster said.

“The young player Elina Drikibau who is 17 years old has come out strong, and so has Ledua Waqa. They have really stamped their mark and working their way with the experienced players.

“With the World Cup next year, this is where we will see the areas that we will need to work on.”

The Pearls played against Malaysia last night while Ireland faced Singapore A and Singapore played Botswana. Meanwhile in other results from Monday’s games, Malaysia, which is ranked 27th in the world, beat Ireland 58-44.

Ireland is ranked three places above. Botswana won 50-31 over Singapore A. With the World Cup next year, this is where we will see the areas that we will need to work on – Vivian Koster

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