4 Mar 2015

Sport: Fiji Pearls take plenty out of Trans-Tasman netball tour

12:13 pm on 4 March 2015

Fiji netball coach Kate Carpenter says, despite not winning a match, last month's Australasian tour was invaluable preparation for the upcoming Pacific Games and World Cup.

The Pearls played two matches against the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic and one against the Melbourne Vixens ANZ Championship sides, as well as games against the Magic and Victoria development teams.

Kate Carpenter says to be able to tour so soon after the Oceania series against New Zealand and Samoa was ideal.

"We found that all the players sort of stepped up again, and we used some different players so they had exposure and experience and got to understand what the expectation was, but to play ANZ teams for the first time too, that was really exciting. Both [ANZ] teams were successful in the weekend as well so we'd like to think it was a really useful opportunity for them to train as well and we did a team review last night and some things that came up again were around conditioning, the intensity and ability of the sides [and] the depth that the sides have."

Kate Carpenter says the tour highlighted plenty of areas where the team can lift their performance.

They will get a chance to do that when two Fiji teams play Papua New Guinea and Singapore next month.