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Silver Ferns make changes for Taini Jamison Trophy

Media Update 
Friday 16 March 

 

Netball World Youth Cup winner and Northern Stars shooter Maia Wilson and Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse mid-courter Claire Kersten have been called into the Silver Ferns team as injury cover for next week’s Taini Jamison Trophy.

Wilson, who has seven Test Caps, has been included in the side with shooters Ameliaranne Ekenasio and vice-captain Maria Folau both to be managed through the four-day series which starts in Auckland’s North Shore on Wednesday.

Kersten, who made her Silver Ferns debut last year, is also a late inclusion into the team as cover for wing defence Kayla Cullen who has been ruled out with a knee injury.

The Silver Ferns face a busy playing schedule for the prestigious Trophy when they take on the Malawi Queens, Jamaica Sunshine Girls and Fiji Pearls before a finals day on Saturday.

Ekenasio, who was recalled into the national team after taking time away from the game to start a family, has suffered a finger injury in the build-up to the Taini Jamison Trophy series while Folau continues her comeback from a niggling knee complaint.

Cullen will also sit out the four-day series due to an injury to her knee and will be monitored by the Silver Ferns’ medical team over the next two weeks.  She is expected to make a full recovery in time for next month’s Commonwealth Games.

Silver Ferns coach Janine Southby said it was a precautionary move to bring Wilson and Kersten into the side as they wanted to take no chances with the minor niggles hampering the two shooters and Cullen.

“We’ve got a heavy workload over the coming weeks and while the Taini Jamison Trophy is an incredibly important part of our season, we are also looking at the bigger picture of a demanding Commonwealth Games campaign next month,” she said.

“Maia has been in the environment before and we feel confident she can make a seamless transition back into the shooting circle while Claire made her debut last year and also knows our systems well.

“It’s disappointing to have these injury setbacks we want to make sure all three are at full fitness when we head to the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games,” Southby said.

The Taini Jamison Trophy series is the final hit-out for the Silver Ferns ahead of the Commonwealth Games which start on April 4.


Silver Ferns Squad: 
Katrina Grant (captain),
Maria Folau (vice-captain),
Ameliaranne Ekenasio
Temalisi Fakahokotau
Shannon Francois
Kelly Jury
Grace Kara
Claire Kersten
Bailey Mes
Te Paea Selby-Rickit
Samantha Sinclair
Michaela Sokolich-Beatson
Maia Wilson

ENDS


TAINI JAMISON TROPHY SCHEDULE 

Date Time Team 1 Team 2
Wednesday 21 March 6.10pm Jamaica Sunshine Girls Fiji Pearls
8.10pm Silver Ferns Malawi Queens
Thursday 22 March 6.10pm Fiji Pearls Malawi Queens
8.10pm Silver Ferns Jamaica Sunshine Girls
Friday 23 March 6.10pm Jamaica Sunshine Girls Malawi Queens
8.10pm Silver Ferns Fiji Pearls
Saturday 24 March 2.10pm 3rd in Preliminary Rounds 4th in Preliminary Rounds
4.10pm 1st in Preliminary Rounds 2nd in Preliminary Rounds

 


MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES 


Sunday 18 March - Silver Ferns Experience. Westfield Albany - please note the entire Silver Ferns squad will attend this (visuals and interviews) Attendance must be confirmed prior due to demands. 
Time: 12-1pm 
Venue: Westfield Albany, 219 Don Mckinnon Drive, Albany, Auckland 

Sunday 18 March - Visuals and Interviews 
Time: 4-6:00pm
Venue: AUT Sport and Fitness Centre, 90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote, Auckland 

Tuesday 20 March - Visuals and Interviews 
Time: 10:30-11:30am 
Venue: AUT Sport and Fitness Centre, 90 Akoranga Drive, Northcote, Auckland 

Wednesday 21 March - Test Match #NZLvMAL (Live SKY Sport and Radio Sport NZ)
Time: post-match press conference 
Venue: North Shore Events Centre, Argus Place, Wairau Valley, Auckland 

Thursday 22 March - Test Match #NZLvJAM (Live SKY Sport and Radio Sport NZ)
Time: post-match press conference
Venue: North Shore Events Centre, Argus Place, Wairau Valley, Auckland 

Friday 23 March - Test Match #NZLvFIJ (Live SKY Sport and Radio Sport NZ)
Time: post-match press conference
Venue: North Shore Events Centre, Argus Place, Wairau Valley, Auckland 

Saturday 24 March - Test Match TBC (Live SKY Sport and Radio Sport NZ)
Time: post-match press conference
Venue: North Shore Events Centre, Argus Place, Wairau Valley, Auckland 

 


MEDIA ACCREDITATION 

Accreditation for the Taini Jamison Trophy is now closed 

Accreditation will be available for pick-up at the North Shore Events Centre ticket box office during the event. 

Any questions should be directed to Kerry Manders +64 21 410 970

 


USEFUL INFORMATION

SILVER FERNS SQUAD INFORMATION: 
bit.ly/2nVpX6P

TAINI JAMISON MEDIA GUIDE: will be distributed electronically prior to the first game 

OFFICIAL HASHTAGS
#SilverFans | #TainiJamisonTrophy
 

For further information and interview requests, please contact:
Kerry Manders
NNZ Head of Communications and Marketing

kerrym@netballnz.co.nz
+64 21 410 970

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