17 Dec 2014

Sport: Samoa netballers full of confidence

11:33 am on 17 December 2014

Samoan netball coach Marcia Hardcastle says her players surprised themselves by going through the Nations Cup tournament unbeaten last week.

Samoa beat hosts Singapore 50-41 in Saturday's final to make it six wins in as many matches.

Marcia Hardcastle says the performances of her players were all the more pleasing as many were short of game time and in the middle of their off-season.

"I guess our girls were bigger, stronger - as in power - and they played very well though. I won't take it away from our girls, they played very well. We were down by six going into [the] third quarter in the final and we won that quarter by 17-5. [Former New Zealand and Fiji coach] Yvonne Willering came in and did a session for me before we left and she couldn't believe how the whole squad had moved forward from when she saw them in July this year".

Marcia Hardcastle says the team is full of confidence and improving, which bodes well going into a 2015 season.

Samoa play matches against New Zealand and Fiji in January and will travel to the Pacific Games and the World Cup in Sydney later in the year.