22 Mar 2014

Sport: Bumper schedule in works for Fiji Netball

9:29 am on 22 March 2014

The Fiji netball team is in line for a busy 2014 with a number of high profile international matches close to being finalised.

The Pearls last played in November when they were thrashed in a two-test series against Malawi.

Currently the annual Pacific Series in June, which doubles as a World Champs qualifier, is the only event on the calendar but Fiji Netball Vice President Vivienne Koster says they're hoping to confirm

"We're looking at having a test series here in Fiji in May. We're in talks with Northern Ireland, with Papua New Guinea and a few other countries - it's going to be at least a quad series. We're also in talks with South Africa to have a test series in Johannesburg in September and we had a series with Malawi last year and we'd like to continue that relationship and if that does happen that will be in November."

Meanwhile 84 players have been invited to attend national team trials in Suva today in preparation for the Pacific Series.

An extended squad of 24 will be chosen by the national selection panel to attend training camps with the new national coach, who is expected to be named next week.