Fiji Pearls want to remain on top ahead of the PG in PNG

​The Fiji Pearls want to remain the 'Queens of the Pacific' after the Pacific Games as they focus on winning the gold medal yet again.

Of the nine netball competitions since the start of the Pacific Games Fiji had won six and have remained unbeaten since 1995.

In 2011, netball was not contested so the sport makes a comeback after a lapse of eight years to the Pacific Games.

For the Pearls, the Pacific Games also provide an opportunity to test themselves as they build up for the Netball World Cup.

Vice-captain Maria Lutua said Fiji was going for gold.

"Our aim is to get the gold and retain the title and since we have been unbeaten for a long time, we would like to keep it that way," she said.

"I think Samoa would be the team to beat.

"They have qualified for the World Cup and so have we. They would come prepared.

"But we cannot rule out the Papua New Guinea Pepes as they are being coached by our former coach Unaisi Rokoura. With the home support they would be going hard."

Meanwhile, earlier yesterday Lutua, sailing's Charlotte Taylor and track king Banuve Tabakaucoro were given a farewell morning team by Digicel.

Lutua and Taylor are employed by the mobile service provider while Tabakaucoro is the company's brand ambassador.

Digicel has also provided Team Fiji members with special Sims which they can use in PNG to call family back home and use it for data at a much cheaper rate offered in PNG.