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Top eight finish

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu
Wednesday, August 05, 2015

THE Fiji Pearls side left our shores with the blessings of the nation to take part in the World Netball championship after presenting their itatau to the President, who challenged the netters to perform to their level best.

After an impressive outing at the Pacific Games where we claimed gold, Fiji played the Silver Ferns in New Zealand.

While the result may have disappointed Coach Kate Carpenter, I am sure there were positive lessons from the one-match tour.

The team is beaming with confidence ahead of the World Netball Championships in Australia where Fiji will fare up with Uganda, Wales and Zambia. Anything is possible and with the nation's blessings and support, do not count our Pearls out.

I must thank the sponsors who have come on board to support the team.

To the players, do your best and leave the rest to God. Be good ambassadors and do your family, friends and country proud. Fly Fiji's flag with pride and honour. I wish the team management and the players all the best!

Congratulations, on the other hand, to Abdul Shariff and Molly Esther for winning gold medals, Sikeli Nakoivalu and Adi Asenaca for winning bronze medals and Ifereimi Biutisuva for winning a silver medal at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles.

This is a moment of celebration for all Fijians and we must all join hands to applaud the gallant efforts of these special athletes.

The Flying Fijians proved too clinical for the high flying Samoans. Proving all critics wrong and defying the odds stacked heavily against them, the team managed its second ever PNC title.

Hearty congratulations to coach John McKee, the team management and members of the Flying Fijians for breaking the three-year winless drought against Samoa and claiming victory in Vancouver.

This is a positive sign as Fiji counts the days to the RWC.

This victory sets the platform for an ideal buildup to the mecca of 15s rugby knowing very well that we have been placed in the pool of death.

Hence, the intensity and level of preparation must move one step up if we are to progress beyond the pool stages.

Let's enter the RWC as dark horses and come out heads held high.

By the way a big vinaka vakalevu to Fiji One for standing by your name and showing the Fiji versus Samoa game live.

RAJNESH ISHWAR LINGAM, Nadawa, Nasinu





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