Netball Fiji will host the IMB South Coast Blaze and the Sunshine Coast Thunder from Australia in a Quad training series from 11-14 October at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.
The Quad training series will serve as a preparation campaign for the Fiji Pearls ahead of the XVII Pacific Games later this year.
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.
Blaze coach Marji Parr said that the Quad Series will give 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 international high-performance sporting environment.”
Blaze Co-captain Abbey McFadden said she is looking forward to participating in 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.”
Netball Fiji chief executive Vivian Koster said that these training matches will be crucial for the Fiji Pearls ahead of the Pacific Games.
“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.”
The Series will be a round-robin format where Blaze will play against the Fiji Pearls squad divided into two teams as Fiji Black and Fiji Blue.