Central Pulse

Central Pulse are a New Zealand netball team based in Wellington. Between 2008 and 2016, they played in the ANZ Championship. Since 2017 they have represented Netball Central in the ANZ Premiership. Netball Central is the governing body that represents the Hawke's Bay, Manawatū-Whanganui, Taranaki and Wellington Regions. Pulse were 2019, 2020 and 2022 ANZ Premiership winners. They also won the 2018 Netball New Zealand Super Club tournament.

Central Pulse
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Founded2007
Based inWellington
RegionsHawke's Bay Region
Manawatū-Whanganui
Taranaki
Wellington Region
Home venueTSB Bank Arena
Head coachYvette McCausland-Durie
Co-captainsTiana Metuarau
Kelly Jury
Premierships3 (2019, 2020, 2022)
LeagueANZ Premiership
Websitepulse.org.nz
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HistoryEdit

FormationEdit

Central Pulse were formed in 2007. The new team was effectively a merger of two former National Bank Cup teams, Capital Shakers and Western Flyers. Pulse subsequently became founder members of the ANZ Championship. The former Australia head coach, Jill McIntosh was appointed director of coaching, Singapore head coach, Kate Carpenter, was appointed head coach and England international, Sonia Mkoloma, became the team's first player.[1][2][3][4]

ANZ ChampionshipEdit

Between 2008 and 2016, Central Pulse played in the ANZ Championship.[5][6][7] On 5 April 2008, Pulse hosted the very first ANZ Championship match at the TSB Bank Arena, losing 33–50 to Melbourne Vixens.[8][9] During the early ANZ Championship era, Pulse struggled to establish themselves both on and off the court. In 2008, Pulse suffered a winless season. The only point they gained was by default. In their Round 10 match against West Coast Fever, a leaky roof at Challenge Stadium saw the match called off and declared a draw. Each team received one point.[10][11] Carpenter was subsequently replaced as head coach by Yvette McCausland-Durie.[12][13][14]

Meanwhile, off the court, Pulse lost their main sponsor after just one season and needed financial bailouts from both Netball New Zealand[15][16] and the league itself.[17] Ahead of the 2009 season, Pulse found themselves fined for missing the deadline to announce their squad.[18] There was also speculation that Netball New Zealand wanted to use the franchise as a development team for New Zealand under-21 players.[18][19][20] After 24 games, Pulse eventually won their first ever match when they defeated New South Wales Swifts 53–52 in a 2009 Round 13 match at the Te Rauparaha Arena.[21][22]

Pulse enjoyed their best season during the ANZ Championship era in 2013, when with a team coached by Robyn Broughton, captained by Katrina Grant and featuring Joline Henry, Caitlin Thwaites and Donna Wilkins, they won eight matches and finished fifth.[23][24][25]

Regular season statistics
Season Position Won Drawn Lost
2008[6][10][17] 10th 0 1 12
2009[17][26] 10th 1 0 12
2010[27] 9th 1 0 12
2011[28] 8th 3 0 10
2012 7th 5 0 8
2013[25] 5th 8 0 5
2014[29] 6th 7 0 6
2015[30][31] 9th 3 2 8
2016[7][32] 9th 2 1 10

Source:[5]

ANZ PremiershipEdit

Since 2017, Pulse have played in the ANZ Premiership. During the early ANZ Premiership era, they emerged as one of the leagues strongest teams. Between 2017 and 2020, with a team coached by Yvette McCausland-Durie, captained by Katrina Grant and featuring, among others, Karin Burger, Ameliaranne Ekenasio and Claire Kersten, Pulse played in four successive grand finals. Between 2018 and 2020 they won three successive minor premierships. Pulse were the 2019 and 2020 overall champions.[33][34][35][36][37] They also won the 2018 Netball New Zealand Super Club tournament.[38][39]

Regular season statistics
Season Position Won Drawn Lost
2017[40] 2nd 9 6 2
2018[41] 1st 12 3 3
2019[36][42][43] 1st 13 2 0
2020[37][44] 1st 11 2 1
2021[45] 5th 4 0 11
2022[46] 1st 10 0 5

  Premierships
  Runners Up

Grand finalsEdit

ANZ Premiership
Season Winners Score Runners Up Venue
2017[47][48][49] Southern Steel 69–53 Central Pulse Stadium Southland
2018[50][51][52] Southern Steel 54–53 Central Pulse Fly Palmy Arena
2019[53][54][55] Central Pulse 52–48 Northern Stars Te Rauparaha Arena
2020[56][57][58] Central Pulse 43–31 Mainland Tactix Stadium Southland
2022[59][60][61] Central Pulse 56–37 Northern Stars TSB Bank Arena
Netball New Zealand Super Club
Season Winners Score Runners Up Venue
2018[38][39][62] Central Pulse 61–56 Mainland Tactix Trafalgar Centre

Home venuesEdit

Pulse's main venue is Wellington's TSB Bank Arena. They have also regularly played home matches at Porirua's Te Rauparaha Arena and at the Fly Palmy Arena at the Central Energy Trust Arena in Palmerston North.[5][34][63][64][65][66][67]

Years
TSB Bank Arena 2008
Te Rauparaha Arena 2009
Central Energy Trust Arena[68] 2008
Pettigrew Green Arena[69] 20082014

Notable playersEdit

2023 squadEdit

2023 Central Pulse roster
Players Coaching staff
Nat. Name Position(s) DoB Height
  Maddy Gordon WA, C, WD (2000-01-16) 16 January 2000 (age 23) 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
  Kelly Jury (cc) GK, GD (1996-10-22) 22 October 1996 (age 26) 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
  Kristiana Manu'a GK, GD, WD (1995-09-03) 3 September 1995 (age 27) 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
  Tiana Metuarau (cc) GA, GS (2001-01-15) 15 January 2001 (age 22) 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
  Whitney Souness WA, C (1995-11-12) 12 November 1995 (age 27) 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
  Amelia Walmsley GS, GA (2004-01-31) 31 January 2004 (age 19) 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
  Paris Mason GK, GD, WD (2002-12-13) 13 December 2002 (age 20) 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
  Joyce Mvula GS (1994-04-15) 15 April 1994 (age 28) 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
  Fa'amu Ioane C, WD (1996-03-11) 11 March 1996 (age 26) 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
  Ainsleyana Puleiata C, WD, WA (2000-07-27) 27 July 2000 (age 22) 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach
  • Anna Andrews-Tasola

Manager: Jill Clapcott
Physiotherapist: Ari Carroll
Specialist Coach:
Waimarama Taumaunu


Notes
  • (c) – Captain
  • (cc) – Co-captain
  • (vc) – Vice-captain
  •   – Injury / maternity leave
  • (TRP) – Temporary Replacement Player
Player profiles: Team website Last updated: 29 November 2022

InternationalsEdit

  New Zealand
  New Zealand Fast5
  Australia
  England
  Fiji
  Hong Kong
  Jamaica
  Malawi
  Samoa
  South Africa

CaptainsEdit

Years
Frances Solia[70] 2008
Cushla Lichtwark[71][72] 2009
Jane Altschwager[73] 2010
Katrina Rore[74][75][76][77] 2011–2021
Claire Kersten[78] 2021
Tiana Metuarau[79][80] 2021–
Kelly Jury[79][80] 2021–

Source:[5]

Award winnersEdit

ANZ Championship awardsEdit

ANZ Championship MVP
Season Player
2008[81] Sonia Mkoloma (Note 1)
Notes
  • ^1 Romelda Aiken and Sonia Mkoloma shared the 2008 award.

New Zealand Netball AwardsEdit

ANZ Premiership Player of the Year
Season Winner
2018[82] Katrina Rore

CoachesEdit

Head coachesEdit

Coach Years
Kate Carpenter[3][18] 2008
Yvette McCausland-Durie[13][14][18][72][74][83] 2009–2011
Robyn Broughton[23][24][75][84][85] 2012–2015
Tanya Dearns[77] 2016
Yvette McCausland-Durie[35] 2017–2020
Gail Parata[86][87][88] 2020–2021
Yvette McCausland-Durie[89] 2021–

Source:[5]

Assistant coachesEdit

Coach Years
Gail Parata[86][87] 2010–2011
Marianne Delaney-Hoshek[90] 2012–2014
Sandra Edge[5][36][91] 2017–2019
Pelesa Semu 2020–2021
Anna Andrews-Tasola 2022–

Main sponsorsEdit

Sponsors Seasons
Suzuki[4][16][92][93] 2008
Haier[25][29][94][95][96] 2010–2014
Mojo Coffee[30][97] 2015–2016
Te Wānanga o Raukawa[36][37][98][99][100][101] 2017–

Reserve teamEdit

Since 2016, Netball Central have also entered a team in the National Netball League. They are effectively the reserve team of Central Pulse. Between 2016 and 2018 they played as Central Zone. Since 2019, they have played as Central Manawa. Between 2017 and 2019, Central Zone/Central Manawa won three successive NNL titles. In 2022, Central Manawa won a fourth title.[102]

HonoursEdit

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