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Who will qualify for Netball World Cup?

The stage has been set for Pacific nations to book a spot in the Netball World Cup as they compete in the upcoming Oceania Netball World Cup Qualifiers in Fiji next month.

Fiji, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Cook Islands are set to battle it out in the sport played by most women in the Pacific.

Regional giants Australia and New Zealand have already secured their spots in the 2023 Netball World Cup, which will be held in Cape Town, South Africa.

Fiji netball players training at the sand dunes in Sigatoka. Picture: Netball Fiji

Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, and Papua New Guinea were meant to play curtain raisers during a Constellation Cup series between New Zealand and Australia in October last year but that never went ahead due to travel restrictions.

Cook Islands, Fiji, and Samoa currently rank 14, 15 and 16 respectively on the world netball rankings list.

The major focus right now for Pacific teams is to qualify for next year’s World Cup.

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Teams must finish in the top two to qualify for the 2023 World Cup and there are no more opportunities to qualify after that.

Netball Australia, under the PacificAus Sports program and funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and TradeI was able to host an inaugural PacificAus Sports Netball Series in March.

The stage has been set for Pacific nations to book a spot in the Netball World Cup as they compete in the upcoming Oceania Netball World Cup Qualifiers in Fiji next month. Picture: Netball World Cup

The Series aimed to provide high-level competition for the national teams of Netball Australia’s PacificAus Sports partners – Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga.

It was the first time for the teams to compete internationally since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Singapore was an invitee also. Fiji had lost to minnows Tonga 60-52 in the grand finale in a huge upset.

Netball Fiji chief executive officer, Vivian Koster confirmed the Oceania World Cup Qualifiers for Cape Town 2023 would take place in Fiji from July 18-23 at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.

 

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