Welcome return to Taranaki for Central Pulse

February 12, 2016
Welcome return to Taranaki for Central Pulse

Getting out and about in the netball community will have special significance for new recruit Kate Wells when the Central Pulse make a pre-season visit to New Plymouth on March 5-6.

The Taranaki teenager is one of a number of new faces in the 2016 edition of the Pulse and gets the opportunity to return home for the first time to play in front of friends and family at trans-Tasman level.

The Pulse have a full weekend of activities lined up over the two days, including a game against the Northern Mystics on the Sunday.

``Engaging with our stakeholders across the Zone is hugely important,’’ Pulse coach Tanya Dearns said. ``We’ve got a very loyal fan base in Taranaki and because they don’t often get to see an ANZ Championship game, it’s really important we connect with them in the pre-season opportunities.

``The team enjoys time away from their Wellington training base and meeting people from across the Zone and getting out and about amongst the wider community.’’

Taranaki has proved a popular pre-season destination for the Pulse in previous years and has a rich netballing heritage.

``They’ve always had a very proud history,’’ Dearns said. ``There’s been a few through the years that have come out of Taranaki and represented New Zealand – Adine Wilson, Jess Tuki, Daneka Wipiiti – to name a couple. They have really strong competitions in Taranaki and good player numbers.’’

Ahead of the match against Mystics, the Pulse has a full schedule which includes an open coaching session on the Saturday morning that people can come along and watch while there will also be an opportunity for the coach development programme in Taranaki to come along and observe and have a question and answer session with Dearns and her assistant Tania Hoffman afterwards.

Spending time with local sponsors will be followed by a community engagement in the afternoon involving the Pulse players taking a coaching clinic for school children.

``The community response to these sorts of visits is huge,’’ Dearns said. ``We got a 2 - 1/2 page wish-list about what they wanted us to do. Trying to fit everything in and making sure everybody gets their fair share has been challenging but we’re hopeful everybody will be catered for.’’

Pre-season games act as a key component in helping prepare teams for the ANZ Championship.

``It’s really important that we get in a variety of styles to play against so we’re really lucky that we’ve got the Mystics in Taranaki,’’ Dearns said. ``By then we would have already played Magic, then we head to Sydney a couple of weeks after Taranaki and will come up against three Australian teams as well as the Tactix, so we’re going to see six or seven of the teams before the competition starts.’’

New Plymouth District Council is delighted to have the Pulse back in town.

``We’re excited to host another top level netball game at TSB Stadium and welcome Central Pulse back to Taranaki,’’ Manager of Venues and Events, Ron Murray said. ``This will be a must-see game with plenty of action.

``We hope the game will be supported by netball fans and also encourage them to keep playing, watching or take up netball in Taranaki. It’s very satisfying to bring another professional sport to the district.’’


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