20 Dec 2014

Sport: Samoa netball says places up for grabs

11:13 am on 20 December 2014

Samoa coach Marcia Hardcastle says there's plenty of time for players to force their way into consideration for next year's Netball World Cup in Sydney.

Samoa completed a clean-sweep of the Nations Cup in Singapore last weekend, beating the hosts 50-41 in the final.

They also finished second in June's Pacific Series behind Fiji and end the year ranked 14th in the world.

With a series against Fiji and New Zealand next month as well as the Pacific Games in July, Marcia Hardcastle, says there's plenty of opportunities to impress.

"We're trying to keep it open so I changed two of the team because I said it's all about being performance based and everyone had to be kept honest because it wasn't just about going over for a holiday. They both did very well actually. After the Silver Ferns and Fiji trip we're looking to retrial again for another squad for 2015. We've got a bigger pool - like six young girls all under 21 that I took away so for me was about making sure that they got court time for us to grow the garden bigger for Samoa so that was really good we could do that."

Marcia Hardcastle says the team is targeting a top ten finish at the World Cup.