Fiji Pearls were too strong for the PNG Pepes defeating them 74-36 in their opener of the Vodafone Netball World Cup Oceania Qualifier.

The visitors were met with a  strong Pearls side that was not going to give up the sit to Cape Town for the World Cup next year so easily. This was the first match for a long tournament.

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Fiji Pearls Wins Opener

The competition will be played in a round-robin format, with each match needing a winner.

The winner will be awarded two points.

In the event of a draw, extra time will be allocated, with a four-minute internal at the end of the match. The extra time will then be played in two seven-minute halves, with a one-minute break at half-time.

If the match is still a draw at the end of the extra time, play will continue until one team has a 2 goals advantage.

At the end of the tournament, the top two teams will then be invited by World Netball to compete at the NWC2023.

If teams are equal on points at the end of the competition, the goal percentage will be used to determine placings.

Tonga vs Samoa is next.