Netball Fiji, with the support of the Australian Government through the PacificAus Sports Partnership and Netball Australia, will host a Quad Training Series from 11th – 14th October at the Vodafone Arena, Suva.
The Quad training series will serve as a preparation campaign for the Fiji Pearls ahead of the XVII Pacific Games.
Netball Fiji has invited two exciting teams from Australia the IMB South Coast Blaze and the Sunshine Coast Thunder to be part of the Quad training series.
The two teams will both be led by former Fiji Pearls players Simone Nalatu who will be coaching Sunshine Coast Thunder, and Marji Parr head coach of South Coast Blaze.
The Series will be a round robin format where Blaze will play against the Fiji Pearls National Squad – playing as Fiji Black and Fiji Blue.
The preparation campaign will provide the Fiji Pearls high level match play and the opportunity for final team selection leading into the XVII Pacific Games.
Blaze coach Marji Parr said that the Quad Series will get their players the opportunity to work with some international players and coaching staff whilst enjoying the Fijian environment and culture during the international week of Fiji Day.
“The experience will offer Blaze players a unique development experience in an in- ternational high performance sporting environment.”
Blaze Co-captain of the tour group Abbey McFadden said she was really looking forward to participating at the Quad Series.
“It’s such a wonderful opportunity that doesn’t come around every day, and to send Blaze across to Fiji to participate in this tournament is really a once in a lifetime experience,” Abbey said.
Netball Fiji CEO Vivian Koster said that this training match will be crucial for the Fiji Pearls ahead of the Pacific Games.
“The training match series is crucial for the Fiji Pearls ahead of the Pacific Games. It is an opportunity to test players and team strategies,” Ms Koster said
“It is also a wonderful opportunity to partner with the Blaze and Thunder in what we hope will be a regular occurrence of having Australian teams play in Fiji.”