Oceania World Cup Qualifiers

Oceania World Cup Qualifiers2022-07-12T18:03:09+10:00
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          PICASSO123
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            Have you guys seen the lineup for each team for this upcoming series. Samoa have the likes of Saviour Tui, Eseta Autagavaia, Ainsleyanna Puleata and Hannah Ridling (former Magic player and training partner). Tonga have secured Hulita Veve and Claire Iongi (Giants training partner in 2020). I was hoping Fiji would’ve tapped into Erikana Pedersen (Fijian father) and persuaded her to play for Fiji but that would be a dream.

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              Let’s not forget, Tonga could pull in Cat Tuivaiti (Tongan father) if they ever qualify for next year’s World Cup (there have been rumours)

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                        Does this mean Tui etc can’t play for NZ for four years now?

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                          Does it also impact her ability to play ANZP? I remember Linda Vagana complained about this a few years ago, that players within the NNZ pathway who represented Pasifika countries would be counted as imports back in ANZP. A really stupid rule to be honest.

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                            al_ex if it does then at least half the ANZ teams are in trouble as they would then have two imports each and I don’t know about the others.

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                              Totally stupid rule but let’s face it netball if full of them. Incorrect throw in etc… One would hope that common sense will prevail and permanent residents would not be counted as imports as long as they live for so long in NZ. Lenize was an import. George fisher is an import. Caitlin Basset was an import. Kelera should no longer be an import if now a resident etc…
                              Representing silver ferns is different issue, citizenship rules should play here, but maybe less stand down time, 2 years instead?
                              Seeing these teams strengthened would be amazing to get pacific netball back to where it was with these teams in the world top 10- samoa, tonga and Fiji all could easily!

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                                It started back in the days of Cathrine Tuivaiti (Latu as she was then), and all the fuss over trying to get her eligible to play for NZ after she had played for Samoa. NNZ put in a rule that players had to decide early who they were going to play for and there couldn’t be any swapping between NZ and Pacific Island countries. From that time on, with less NZ based players, Oceania nations have gone backwards in the rankings. You can see that in the fact they’re playing this now when the Comm Games are 10 days away. At various times in the past, Fiji, Samoa and Cook Islands would all have been in the running to compete. Now, they’re all outside the top 12.

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