Anania Piri, Daimzel Rongokea, Alanna Smith, Luciana Nicholas and Marjorie Toru all left yesterday for next week’s games.
Smith said that the goal was to make the top two in the tournament to qualify for the World Cup in Liverpool next year. She said morale was high after the win at the Nations Cup last year.
“We’ve been training hard here in terms of our fitness and skills. Our opponents may have a head start in terms of playing in the Commonwealth Games, but there is also the fatigue aspect, so we’ll see if they’re able to continue on,” Smith said.
She said team members in Rarotonga had been putting in the “hard yards”, especially on the fitness side, and had been sticking to the training programmes they were given.
“We’re all making sure that we’re doing the right things, and I think that we will probably be one of the fittest teams there.”
Former Netball Cook Islands president PJ Hockin, now is the VP International and Regional on the executive, said that the Cook Islands should not underestimate Fiji, who have not won a game at the Commonwealth Games.
“They’ll be hungry, so watch out for them,” Hockin said.
“It’s been a long, hard road to get here. This is your chance to get the Cook Islands back into the world scene and back to the World Cup. We will all be right behind you, watching.”
Profiles of squad members below.