7 Aug 2017

New-look shooting combination for Pulse

2:21 pm on 7 August 2017

Former Silver Fern Ameliaranne Ekenasio and teenager Aliyah Dunn will form part of a new-look shooting combination for Pulse in next year's ANZ Netball Premiership.

Ameliaranne Wells will have to take charge in the Pulse shooting end.

Ameliaranne Wells will have to take charge in the Pulse shooting end. Photo: Photosport

Ekenasio returns to the Pulse after missing this season having given birth to her first child.

The 26-year-old, who has 12 Silver Ferns caps to her name, is looking to reignite her career.

Dunn has been lured from Invercargill where she was a member of the South Beko Netball League team and acted as injury cover for the Southern Steel.

The 17-year-old was a member of this year's World Youth Cup winning New Zealand under-21 team and will reunite with fellow U21 shooter Tiana Metuarau at the Pulse.

Ekenasio gave birth eight weeks ago but was back playing club netball within three weeks.

Ekenasio is welcoming the role of senior pro and taking Dunn and Metuarau under her wing.

``It was a role I was supposed to have this season and I'm definitely more than happy to take on a leadership position for that part of the court and with the young players,'' she said.

As with Ekenasio, Dunn, who stands a shade under 1.9m, can play both goal attack and goal shoot, giving the Pulse plenty of options and variety on attack.

McCausland-Durie has hailed the addition of the shooting pair which will add height, movement and variety to the attacking end.

``She [Dunn] has great potential, is a tall shooter with real presence and for her age, wonderful calmness in the heat of the moment.

``Ameliaranne brings a wealth of experience, composure, strong confidence on the shot and the ability to add value as a senior member of the Pulse."

The Pulse have now confirmed eight of their roster for 2018: Ameliaranne Ekenasio, Aliyah Dunn, Tiana Metuarau, Whitney Souness, Mila Reuelu-Buchanan, Katrina Grant, Karin Burger, Sulu Fitzpatrick.