12 Dec 2014

Sport: Big rebuilding project ahead for PNG netball

11:23 am on 12 December 2014

Papua New Guinea netball coach Una Rokoura says this week's Nations Cup in Singapore is the first step in a major rebuilding process.

The former Fiji mentor took charge of the Pepes in October, having worked with the team as a high performance coach during the Pacific Series.

Only four players were retained from that squad with eight new caps selected for the trip to Asia.

The 2015 calendar is filling up fast with a series against Singapore likely before the Pacific Series and the Pacific Games in Port Moresby, and Una Rokoura says this is just the beginning.

"It's a really busy schedule for us and we were very fortunate that we've got this opportunity to come by to Singapore and be part of the Nations Cup. As you can see we are rebuilding a new squad for next year and we've got a new young team so the whole objective behind this trip to Nations Cup is just to see where the Pepes are at the moment, especially with their level within the international arena. After the Nations Cup when we go back home there's a lot of work to do [but] at least now we know where we are, at the moment, and what we need to work on".

After three first-up defeats, the PNG managed their first win on Wednesday against Ireland, and play Botswana in their final round robin match on Friday.

Top of the table Samoa play bottom team Ireland in their final group match, having already qualified for the tournament final.