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Captain and young shooting duo return for Central Pulse 2019 ANZ Premiership season

After a strong Premiership season Central Pulse captain Katrina Grant, has been re-signed for next year’s ANZ Premiership tournament.

This comes as no surprise after Grant, 31, led the young team to a second place standing in the tournament and took home Player of the Year.

Grant will be rejoined with other standout Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse defensive player Sulu Fitzpatrick.

“I really enjoyed playing with Sulu this year, she was amazing and we have a lot more to build on yet.” said Grant

However Grant’s future as the Silver Ferns skipper, a position she has held since 2016, is unclear after yesterdays installation of Noeline Taurua as the new coach.

Taurua told RNZ’s Morning Report she will introduce a new process of appointing a captain that will involve more influence from the players.

After making a huge impact this year, promising shooting duo Tiana Metuarau and Aliyah Dunn will be back for the Pulse’s tenth tournament season.

“Our young ones were outstanding and did so much for us this year. They’ve grown immensely and watching how far they can go with another year under their belts will be pretty special.’’ said Katrina Grant.

Dunn, who is only 18, was shooting at 91 per cent accuracy during the season, scoring 524 goals. Her performance lead to her being named in the recent Silver Ferns squad.

Metuara, 17, scored 185 points and has been named in the Silver Ferns Development squad.

With two attackers already named, this leaves Silver Fern shooter Ameliaranne Ekenasio future with Wellington in limbo.

Despite Ekenasio not getting much game during the season, Pulse head coach Yvette McCausland-Durie is hopeful there is a place for her in the offensive lineup.

“We’ve got a space but you need more than two. You only get one injury and you’re in trouble. We know we have created an environment where they are all valued and they know they can get the growth and development they need”

The 2019 ANZ Netball Premiership season will start in February to accommodate the World Cup in July, almost three months earlier than this year.