Dr Simone Nalatu is new Fiji Netball U21 while Lusiana Nasedra Rakavono is the new manager

Dr Simone Nalatu is new Fiji Netball U21 while Lusiana Nasedra Rakavono is the new manager

By Marika Rasekaseka
Friday 19/01/2024
Source: Netball Fiji

Netball Fiji has appointed Dr Simone Nalatu as the new Fiji Netball U21 team coach and Lusiana Nasedra Rakavono as the Manager.

Nalatu and Nasedra will lead the U21 side when they compete in the Netball World Youth Cup Oceania Qualifier in Cook Islands in September and in the Netball World Youth Cup in Gibraltar in 2025.

The newly appointed coach hails from the village of Dakuni, Beqa and is a former Fiji Pearl player who competed in the 2007 in Auckland and 2011 in Singapore World Cups.

She is also a former Queensland Firebird who has played senior netball in Queensland and Australia, and upon retiring from playing in 2011, Nalatu took on coaching roles in the Netball Queensland state league competitions and for the Queensland 17 and Queensland U19 and under teams between 2017 and 2023.

She has also coached in the Australian Netball Championships for both Netball Queensland and more recently the Sunshine Coast Lightning Bolts.

Nalatu is currently the head coach for the Sunshine Coast Thunder which competes in the Hart Sapphires Series in Queensland.

Meanwhile, Lusiana Nasedra Rakavono is from Naqara, Waima, Naitasiri and has played county–level netball in Kent, United Kingdom before returning to Fiji in 2014.

Rakavono has both coached and managed club and district teams in the Suva and Nasinu Netball Associations.

She also coached the Digicel Flames in the Digicel Punjas Reset Championship and the Fiji U21 Selection team against Singapore in 2022.

Rakavono managed the 2023 National Academy 17 and under squad and the 17 and under team in the end-of-year Academy Tournament.

In mid-February, all athletes who competed in the Academy Tournament will re-group for a fitness test and skills training with Nalatu returning to the country.

Time to speak out about human trafficking in Fiji - Draunibaka
Final preparations are underway for Butakoci Production which is a theatrical musical that addresses the critical issue of human trafficking in Fiji, ...
3 hours ago
Fallen tree on Waimanu Road causes traffic
A fallen tree on Waimanu Raod is causing traffic. A photo of the tree was sent to fijivillage News at around 5.30 this afternoon. The Fiji ...
1 hour ago

Driver admitted after accident in Nabou
A man is currently admitted in hospital after the car that he was driving went off the road in Nabou, Nadi. The condition of the driver is not ...
3 hours ago

Fiji Labour Party mourns loss of Professor Baba
The Fiji Labour Party is today mourning the loss of Professor Tupeni Baba. Professor Baba served as the founding member of the Fiji Labour Party ...
3 hours ago

FCCC welcomes Govt’s decision to corporatise WAF, tariffs will be set to cover the full cost of providing water services
The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission welcomes the Government's decision to corporatise the Water Authority of Fiji, which aims to enhance ...
3 hours ago

Fiji downgraded to Tier 2 Watch List by US State Department
The US State Department’s 2024 Trafficking in Persons Report for Fiji has stated that Fiji has been downgraded to Tier 2 Watch List as the ...
3 hours ago

fijivillage Straight Talk with Vijay Narayan
Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
2024-2025 National Budget address by the Minister for Finance
2024-2025 National Budget address by the Minister for Finance Prof. Biman Prasad. 2024-2025 Budget ...
8 days ago

Crisis within FijiFirst that led to its deregistration
The FijiFirst Party has been de-registered by the Registrar of Political Parties, Ana Mataiciwa. This is the end of the party that led government ...
12 days ago

Pre-Budget 2024-2025
Pre Budget 2024-2025 budget recommendations and an insight of what people on the ground wish to see in the National Budget
18 days ago