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Pulse head to Taranaki for pre-season opener

The Central Pulse will set their season in motion when they play a Taranaki invitational netball team at TSB Stadium, in New Plymouth on March 5. An annual pre-season weekend event, the Pulse will spend time in the wider Taranaki netball community on March 4 (Saturday) ahead of the match to be played the following day. Click this news item to read...more

Te Wānanga o Raukawa primed for netball spectacle

Showcasing its top-class facilities with high-quality netballing talent, Te Wānanga o Raukawa is excited to be hosting the pre-season ANZ Premiership spectacle on March 10-12. Friday 10th March 3x games $10 per game, Saturday 11th March 2x half-day sessions $20 per session, Sunday 12th March 3x games $30 full day. For tickets contact Ngā Purapura on (06) 364 9018 or email tickets@twor-otaki.ac.nzmore

Taumaunu takes on HP role with Netball Central

Widely respected as a player, coach and administrator, Wai Taumaunu brings a wealth of experience to her latest role as Director of High Performance for Netball Central. The former Silver Ferns captain and coach has carved out a strong netball pedigree across all facets of the game over the last 30 years and now turns her hand to helping foster the next generation of talent in her home region...more

Four Netball Central players make NZU21 team to Fiji

Reinforcing its growing depth of talent, four players from Netball Central have been included in the 12-strong New Zealand under-21 team which will take part in an international tournament in Fiji. Shooter Tiana Metuarau and midcourters Kimiora Poi, Ainsleyanna (Anna) Puleiata and Mila Reuelu-Buchanan left for Fiji today with the NZU21 team where they will contest the International Youth Netball Smore

Central Pulse to host pre-season tournament

All six teams involved in next year’s inaugural ANZ Premiership netball competition will attend a pre-season tournament on March 10-12 at the Te Wānanga o Raukawa campus in Otaki, north of Wellington. Click to read...more

New Zealand names squad for Netball World Youth Cup 2017

Netball New Zealand is pleased to announce the NZ U21 squad, which will form the basis of the team for Netball World Youth Cup Gaborone 2017 (NWYC2017), July 8-16. The squad was selected at the end of an intense four-day camp in Auckland, where the best up-and-coming talent in New Zealand went head-to-head. Click to read...more

Talented teenaged duo named as Pulse training partners

Promising teenaged prospects Kimiora Poi and Mila Reuelu-Buchanan have been selected as Central Pulse training partners ahead of the 2017 ANZ Premiership netball competition. Click to read...more

Burger wins inaugural Beko Netball League Player of the Year

Karin Burger was awarded Beko Netball League Player of the Year at the recent NZ Netball Awards. It’s been a big year for Burger, with her team - Netball Central - making the Beko Netball League Grand Final as well as being named Most Valuable Player in the match. Her performances during the season caught the eye of selectors, who included her in Silver Ferns trials. Click to read...more

Andrews-Tasola assumes assistant coach role with Netball Central Beko team

After swapping her playing hat for a career in coaching, Anna Andrews-Tasola has reached a personal milestone in being appointed assistant coach for the Central Beko Netball League team. Andrews-Tasola has had lead and assistant coaching roles with Wellington under-17 and under-19 teams in recent years while also boasting a strong background in club coaching. Click to read...more

Robertson honoured with Outstanding Contribution to Netball award

Without the hard work and commitment of Technical Officials in New Zealand, this great sport would not be what it is today. No one knows this better than Wellington-based Bernice Robertson, who came away with the Outstanding Contribution to Netball by a Technical Official at the NZ Netball Awards earlier this month. Click to read...more

Pulse call-up for teenage schoolgirl

Age has continued to prove no barrier for schoolgirl Tiana Metuarau, who will line up for the Central Pulse in next year’s ANZ Premiership netball competition. A player of exceptional promise, Metuarau, 15, has made a habit of defying her tender years with early entry into national secondary school and age-group teams and the Beko League in recent years. Click to read...more

Metuarau called up for Pulse

Tiana Metuarau has been named to replace Ameliaranne Ekenasio in the Pulse line-up for the 2017 ANZ Premiership. Metuarau, 15, has made a habit of defying her tender years with early entry into national secondary school and age-group teams and the Beko Netball League in recent years. Click to read...more

Jess Lea wins 2016 National Umpire of the Year

25-year old Jess Lea has proved that she has what it takes to be a world-class umpire, after being awarded with National Umpire of the Year at the NZ Netball Awards. Click to read more including photo and video...more

Sideline role for expectant Pulse shooter

Silky Central Pulse shooter Ameliaranne Ekenasio will be confined to the sidelines for the 2017 ANZ Premiership netball competition after revealing she is expecting her first baby in May. Showing impressive form for both the Pulse and Silver Ferns this year, Ekenasio had been looking forward to further enhancing her credentials in next year’s new elite domestic competition... click to readmore

Dream role at Netball Central for versatile Milicich

Natalie Milicich will swap the world of high finance for high performance sport following her appointment as head coach of the Beko team as well as Zone Performance Manager for Netball Central. Her vision is to grow, improve and keep players in the Zone while building a successful succession plan in the pathway to the Pulse... click to readmore

Edge appointed Central Pulse assistant coach

Following strong success at age-group level, former Silver Fern Sandra Edge has been appointed assistant coach of the Central Pulse for next year’s ANZ Netball Elite League. Edge enjoyed a glittering playing career and has continued to leave her mark from the sidelines, now joining head coach Yvette McCausland-Durie at the helm of the Pulse for the new six-team elite domestic competition...read onmore

Coaching development pathway to ramp up in 2017

In 2017 there will be changes with the NNZ coaching development pathway. National Training Manager Tania Karauria suggests improvements will be made from a coaching perspective. “I think coaches are calling out for more information, for more accessible information, and information that they can translate to the court really easily,” she said... click to readmore

Pulse finalise 2017 playing roster

2017 Pulse team: Te Amo Amaru-Tibble, Sara Bayman, Sheridan Bignall, Karin Burger, Ameliaranne Ekenasio, Katrina Grant, Phoenix Karaka, Claire Kersten, Whitney Souness, Cathrine Tuivaiti... click to readmore

Silver Ferns defensive duo re-signs with Pulse

The Silver Ferns defensive pairing of Katrina Grant and Phoenix Karaka is looking forward to reuniting at the Central Pulse for next year’s inaugural ANZ Netball Elite League... click to readmore

Tuivaiti welcomes new challenge with Pulse

Experienced shooter Cathrine Tuivaiti is hoping a change of scenery and personnel will reignite her career when she lines up for the Central Pulse in next year’s new ANZ Netball Elite League. A foundation member of the Northern Mystics where she spent the entire nine years of the ANZ Championship, Tuivaiti has thrown caution to the wind... click to readmore

Five signings for Pulse 2017 line-up

The experience provided by stylish Silver Ferns shooter Ameliaranne Ekenasio (nee Wells) will be a key component for the Central Pulse in next year’s ANZ Netball Elite League. Ekenasio will be joined at the Pulse in 2017 by promising midcourters Whitney Souness, Claire Kersten and Sheridan Bignall along with defender Karin Burger, the quartet having strong links with Netball Central. Click to readmore

McCausland-Durie to coach Pulse in new elite domestic competition

With the focus set on a new era, Yvette McCausland-Durie has been appointed Central Pulse coach for next year’s revamped elite domestic netball competition. McCausland-Durie recently guided a young Netball Central team to the runners-up spot in this year’s inaugural Beko League... click to readmore

FAST5 Ferns management team confirmed for 2016

New Zealand U21 coach Kiri Wills will lead the FAST5 Ferns as they aim to defend their title at the Fast5 World Netball Series in Melbourne, October 29-30. Joining Wills will be New Zealand Secondary Schools team assistant coach, Mary-Jane Araroa, Mainland Tactix manager Leanne Harris and NZ U21 physiotherapist Jen Fergusson. Click to read more...more

More homework for Pulse teenager ahead of Vixens challenge

The student will take on the master when Central Pulse shooter Maia Wilson lines up in the ANZ Championship netball clash against Melbourne Vixens in Wellington on Monday 4th July...click to read moremore

Crushing end to career for Scheres

A serious knee injury has brought an abrupt end to the top flight netball career of hard working and humble Pulse midcourter Elias Scheres.

Having already decided that 2016 was going to be her last campaign at the elite level, Scheres had a fleeting change of mind after sustaining significant damage to her right knee while playing against the Mainland Tactix on June 20... click to readmore

Depleted Pulse bolster stocks for challenging road trip

Not for the first time this season, Central Pulse will once again be battling the odds for their ANZ Championship netball clash against West Coast Fever in Perth on Saturday. With a quick turnaround from Monday night’s away game against the Mainland Tactix, the Pulse’s challenging road trip to Perth for the penultimate round of the regular season has become a daunting prospect...click to readmore

Central keen to make amends in Grand Final

Central are hoping to take centre stage and turn a faltering dress rehearsal into a winning outcome when they meet South in the inaugural Beko Netball League Grand Final in Auckland on Sunday. With their place in the Grand Final already secured last week, Central were well beaten 59-43 by South who were in a must-win position if they wanted to make the final... click to readmore

Pulse keen to finish with a flourish

Central Pulse are determined to finish the season on a high, starting with their ANZ Championship netball rematch against the Mainland Tactix in Christchurch on Monday. It’s a long shot but the Pulse still have an outside chance of making the New Zealand conference play-offs despite struggling to deliver on their potential during a disappointing campaign. Click to read more...more

Pulse have plenty to play for

Despite their lowly positions, the ANZ Championship netball match-up between the Central Pulse and Adelaide Thunderbirds in Porirua on Sunday holds plenty of significance for each of the combatants. The pair sit at the foot of their respective conferences on the back of largely disappointing seasons, the trans-Tasman component adding extra sting to an intriguing clash... click to read moremore

Timely break for Pulse

With a number of players laid low by flu, the bye round couldn’t have come at a better time for Central Pulse in the ANZ Championship netball competition. A break from action this weekend will give the team time to refresh, reflect and regroup for one last charge at making the New Zealand conference play-offs in what to date has been a disappointing season... click to read moremore

Pulse fired up to kick on

More of the same is the focus for Central Pulse ahead of their ANZ Championship netball clash with Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in Tauranga on Monday. In falling just short against runaway leaders of the New Zealand conference the Southern Steel in their latest outing, the Pulse turned on their best showing of the season and with it gained a shot of confidence... click to read moremore

Central Pulse Media Opportunity - Pulse Training

The Central Pulse will be training at ASB Sports Centre on Thursday 26th May from 10.00am to 12.30pm and will be available to talk to the media afterwards at the venue or by phone. Please let Jane Hunt - Media & Communications Manager know interview requests in advance so those involved can be advised. Email jane_hunt@xtra.co.nz or phone 021 107 0287more

SKY TV backs Netball in New Zealand for a further 5 years

SKY has extended its commitment to Netball in New Zealand for a further five years. The new deal gives SKY the rights to broadcast Silver Ferns Test Matches, the New Zealand Elite Domestic League, Beko Netball League and Domestic Events up to and including 2021, as well as the popular TV Show, Netball Zone. An exciting new international component will follow - details to be announced in due coursemore

Strong start and consistency key for Pulse

Staying with their opponents early will be crucial to the Central Pulse’s chances against ANZ Championship netball pace-setters the Southern Steel in Wellington on Monday. The Pulse have shown their ability to fight back but slow starts and letting their opponents get the jump in the first half have proved costly in several outings... click to readmore

Central Pulse Media Opportunity - Pulse Training

The Central Pulse will be training at ASB Sports Centre on Wednesday 18th May from 4.30pm – 7pm and will be available to talk to the media afterwards at the venue or by phone. Please let Jane Hunt - Media & Communications Manager know interview requests in advance so those involved can be advised. Email jane_hunt@xtra.co.nz or phone 021 107 0287more

Central Pulse Media Opportunity - Pulse Training

The Central Pulse will be training at ASB Sports Centre on Thursday 12 May from 10am – 12.30pm and will be available to talk to the media afterwards at the venue or by phone. Please let Jane Hunt - Media & Communications Manager know interview requests in advance so those involved can be advised. Email jane_hunt@xtra.co.nz or phone 021 107 0287more

Lift in defence and intent key for Pulse against Swifts

Less ebb and more flow will be key for the Central Pulse in their challenging ANZ Championship netball clash against the high-flying NSW Swifts in Sydney on Sunday... click to readmore

Central Pulse Media Opportunity - Pulse Training

The Central Pulse will be training at ASB Sports Centre on Friday 6th May from 4.30pm – 6.30pm and will be available to talk to the media afterwards at 4pm prior to the session at the venue or by phone. Please let Jane Hunt - Media & Communications Manager know interview requests in advance so those involved can be advised. Email jane_hunt@xtra.co.nz or phone 021 107 0287more

Pulse keen to put the puff back in their sails

Putting the shine back into their performance sits top of the agenda for Central Pulse ahead of Sunday’s ANZ Championship netball clash against an ever-improving Mainland Tactix in Porirua... click to readmore

Central Pulse Media Opportunity - Pulse Training

The Central Pulse will be training at ASB Sports Centre on Thursday 28 April from 10am – 12.30pm and will be available to talk to the media afterwards at the venue or by phone. It would be appreciated if you could let Jane Hunt - Media & Communications Manager know interview requests in advance so those involved can be advised. Email jane_hunt@xtra.co.nz or phone 021 107 0287more

Pulse braced for Steely welcome

Coach Tanya Dearns is anticipating another tight local derby when the Central Pulse meet the pace-setting Southern Steel in fourth round ANZ Championship netball action in Invercargill on Sunday. Early indications suggest the New Zealand Conference will be hotly contested, pundits already being thrown awry as the plucky new-look Pulse continue to test the waters... click here formore

Central Pulse Media Opportunity

The Central Pulse will be training at ASB Sports Centre on Thursday 21 April from 10am – 12.30pm and will be available to talk to the media afterwards at the venue or by phone. It would be appreciated if you could let Jane Hunt - Media & Communications Manager know interview requests in advance so those involved can be advised. Email jane_hunt@xtra.co.nz or phone 021 107 0287more

'How do we solve a problem like Maria?' Pulse ponder

Reducing the impact of her influential opposite is top of the priority list for Central Pulse captain Katrina Grant in Monday night’s ANZ Championship netball clash against Northern Mystics in Wellington.
Defender Grant and shooter Maria Tutaia have been friends and rivals since before high school level and the opposing captains are once again set to get up close and personal...click to read moremore

Central Pulse Media Opportunity

The Central Pulse will be training at ASB Sports Centre on Thursday 14th April from 10am – 12.30pm and will be available to talk to the media afterwards at the venue or by phone. It would be appreciated if you could let Jane Hunt - Media & Communications Manager know interview requests in advance so those involved can be advised. Email jane_hunt@xtra.co.nz or phone 021 107 0287more

Steep learning curve for young Pulse shooter

Thrust into the limelight earlier than expected, teenaged Central Pulse shooter Maia Wilson isn’t about to rest on her laurels after delivering an eye-catching first round ANZ Championship netball debut. With the experienced Jodi Brown ruled out for the season through injury, the rookie had big shoes to fill...click to readmore

Central players make their mark in national secondary schools team

Netball Central Zone has continued its strong presence at age-group level with five players being named in the New Zealand Secondary Schools (NZSS) team. Antonia Hei Hei (Te Rito Manukura), Tiana Metuarau (Wellington East Girls’ College), Ainsleyana Puleiata (St Mary’s College), Renee Savai’inaea (St Mary’s College) and Briana Stephenson (Napier Girls’ High School) make up almost half the squad.more

Central Pulse Media Opportunity

The Central Pulse will be training at Te Rauparaha Arena on Thursday from 10am – 12pm and will be available to talk to the media afterwards at the venue or by phone. It would be appreciated if you could let Jane Hunt - Media & Communications Manager know interview requests in advance so those involved can be advised. Email jane_hunt@xtra.co.nz or phone 021 107 0287.more

Central squad for new National Netball League

Coach Yvette McCausland-Durie has no doubts about the talent assembled in her 13-strong Central Zone squad for the upcoming Beko National Netball League (NNL)made up of Sheridan Bignall, Karin Burger, Colleen Faleafaga, Rhiarna Ferris, Jermaine Howard-Vallance, Talia Hullena, Tiana Metuarau, Emma May Murray-Fifita, Kimiora Poi, Mila Reuelu-Buchanan, Api Taufa, Renee Te Riini, Te Amo Amaru-Tibblemore

Pulse put setbacks behind them ahead of season opener

Hard on the heels of a major setback, coach Tanya Dearns couldn’t be happier with how her Central Pulse team have prepared for their ANZ Championship netball opener in Wellington on Monday.
The Pulse kick off their 2016 trans-Tasman league campaign with a challenging first-up assignment against a well-credentialed Cold Power Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic on Monday 4th April at 7.40pm at TSB Arena.more

Brown out of Sydney shootout

A knee injury has sidelined veteran Central Pulse shooter Jodi Brown for the rest of the ANZ Championship Pre-Season Shootout netball tournament in Sydney. The former Silver Fern sustained the injury in the Pulse’s first match today against Mainland Tactix. Brown will return to New Zealand with the team on Monday where she will undergo further assessment of the injury... click to readmore

Time for Pulse to consolidate at pre-season shootout

The new-look Central Pulse will get a decent gauge of their capabilities when lining up in the condensed action-packed ANZ Championship Pre-Season Shootout netball tournament in Sydney this weekend - Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March 2016. Click to readmore

Pulse edge Mystics in tight pre-season clash

The Central Pulse took another step up in their preparation with a hard-fought 71-70 win in the pre-season ANZ Championship netball outing against SKYCITY Mystics in New Plymouth on Sunday. The Pulse have their last hit-out before the start of the season at the ANZ Championship Pre Season Shootout in Sydney on March 18-20.more

2016 Netball NZ AGM & Council Meeting presentation links

Thank you to all who attended the Netball New Zealand AGM and Council Meeting held on the 27th & 28th of February 2016 in Auckland. It was wonderful to see people from across the country come together to share ideas, network and hear more about projects for 2016. Please find links to access copies of presentations from the meeting...more

Pulse look to add some polish

The Central Pulse are keen to raise the performance bar in their second ANZ Championship netball pre-season outing, against SKYCITY Mystics, in New Plymouth on Sunday March 6, 2pm: Central Pulse vs Northern Mystics in New Plymouth. Tickets $12 for adults and $5 for children, via Ticket Master.more

Pulse return solid effort in first hit-out

A testing six-quarter workout left coach Tanya Dearns satisfied the Central Pulse are headed in the right direction five weeks out from the start of the ANZ Championship netball league... click to readmore

First pre-season outing for new-look Central Pulse

In what will be her shortest road trip of the season, coach Tanya Dearns will kick-start the Central Pulse ANZ Championship netball campaign from her back doorstep in Napier on Saturday. The new-look Pulse team will play at Pettigrew Green Arena in a pre-season outing against a seasoned Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic on Saturday 27th February 2pm. Tickets $12 for adults and $5 child via Ticket Directmore

Yvette McCausland-Durie to coach Central in new NNL

Yvette McCausland-Durie steps into the new coaching position following the recently-established National Netball League which has been specifically introduced to provide a level of competition that sits immediately below the ANZ Championship but is of a higher standard than the now discarded week-long national championships. Click here to read more...more

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... readmore

Van Dyk to take junior talent in hand

Irene van Dyk is poised to play a key role in helping shape future young talent through her new role as Junior Development Officer for the Netball Central Zone. In a job seemingly tailor-made for the former Silver Ferns shooting great and New Zealand’s most recognisable netballer, van Dyk is excited to be working on her home patch and combining her twin loves... click here to readmore

Pulse get together in Wellington

With arrivals from both ends of the country and others jetting in from Australia, the Central Pulse ANZ Championship netball team assembled in Wellington for the first time at the weekend... read on to find out moremore

Netball New Zealand Weekly Updates

Each Friday, Netball New Zealand distributes a Weekly Update, including documents such as tournament entry & position application forms, to regional managers and other people who administer and organise netball around New Zealand. Anyone can join the mailing list - to subscribe please click this news item to access the link.more

Netball Central Board adds to depth

Building on the momentum achieved in recent years, the Netball Central Zone Board has added to its depth of quality with the recent appointments of Owen Gibson and Graeme McCullough. Click this news item to read more...more

Netball NZ - Netball Brand Book

The digital version of the Netball Brand Book is free to download. Click this news item to access a download link.more
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