Bitila Tawake’s sister is part of the Fiji Pearls – FBC News

Kalesi Tawake, former Fiji basketball representative

Former Fiji Basketball representative Kalesi Tawake will make his debut for the Fiji Pearls in the upcoming Netball World Cup qualifier in Oceania next week.

The 20-year-old is the younger sister of Fijiana Drua captain Bitila Tawake.

She represented Fiji in basketball at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.

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Tawake and Vilisi Tavui are the two new players in the 15-member squad led by Alisi Naqiri.

Other household names that have been part of the team are Unaisi Rauluni, Kelera Nawai, Afa Rusivakula, Maliana Rusivakula and Maria Lutua Rusivakula.

Coach Unaisi Rokoura says the players worked hard, that’s why the selection of the final team was difficult.

Rokoura says it will be a tough campaign as there are only two World Cup spots up for grabs.

She assured that they will fight until the end for a place in the Netball World Cup.

Fiji will host Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga next week.

The competition will take place at the Vodafone Arena in Suva.

The Fiji team is:
Alisi Naqiri (captain)
Maria Lutua Rusivakula (Vice Captain)
Afa Rusivakula
Avelina Navue
Ema Mualuvu
Jimaima Kete
Kalesi Tawaké*
Kelera Nawaii
Maliana Rusivakula
Unaisi Rauluni
Vakaoca Bolakoro
Vilisi Tavui*

Reservations:
Nina Cirikisuva
Talei Waqanabete
Ateca Qasenivalu

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