Netball Samoa Warming for World Cup

By Sina Filifilia Sevaaetasi ,

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ALL IS FAIR IN LOVE AND SPORT: Samoa and Fiji pose for one last photo.

ALL IS FAIR IN LOVE AND SPORT: Samoa and Fiji pose for one last photo. (Photo: Lee Watson Edwards Facebook)

Last weekend saw the greatest assembly of U21 netball players in the region.

At the International Youth Netball Series in Fiji, Samoa fell to a strong Fijian side in a close finish for third with a final score of 48-42.  

The spirited Samoan side started off strong , leading at half with a score of 23-21.

However, after a change of plans, Fiji managed to get ahead of their Pacific rival finishing the game off strong.  

Despite the loss, Samoa’s Coach, Lee Watson Edwards, remains optimistic and proud of the performance from  the younger players on the squad.  She told the FijiTimes, “It was a good game against Fiji.  We are happy with the performance with the young players in the team.”

FUTURE OF NETBALL IN SAMOA:  A snapshot of the future leaders of netball Samoa.
FUTURE OF NETBALL IN SAMOA: A snapshot of the future leaders of netball Samoa.

Australia and New Zealand definitely brought strong sides to the tournament and battled for first in the grand finale.  Ultimately, Australia came away as the tournament winner.   

Now, Samoa focuses its full attention on the main event: the Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana in July.

This tournament has provided a great indicator on the team’s strengths  as well as revealing possible points of weaknesses. 

With the World Cup a few months away, Samoa will prepare to come back stronger and better than ever for the World Cup. 

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