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New Zealand Netballer Kayla Cullen to miss Commonwealth Games

Media Update 
Wednesday 28 March 


New Zealand Netballer defender Kayla Cullen has been ruled out of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games having failed to recover sufficiently from an on-going knee injury.

The versatile defender, who has 47 Test Caps for the Silver Ferns, will miss the Gold Coast event on advice from the medical team and has been replaced by mid-courter Claire Kersten.

New Zealand Netball Team coach Janine Southby said it was a major blow for both Cullen and the team which departs for Australia Friday.

“We’re devastated for Kayla who is an extremely competitive and passionate player within our ranks,” she said.  “But we also need to think about what is best for her future, ensuring we can see her back on court as soon as possible.

“We are really conscious of players needing to be able to deliver the performance requirements of the team in the demands of tournament play.”

Southby said it was important to the Silver Ferns to have Cullen fully fit with next year’s Netball World Cup in England a key event.

“It’s difficult because this is also about player welfare and having Kayla looking further ahead with a major tournament next year.”

The medical team will now be working with Cullen over the coming days to determine the best course of action to ensure Kayla is back on court as quickly as possible.

It is not the first time the 26-year-old has been ruled out of a major Netball event having missed the Netball World Youth Cup in 2013, due to a ACL knee injury, which saw her side-lined for 12 months.

Her strong defensive qualities, versatility and genuine athleticism meant she was back in the black dress for the Netball World Cup in Sydney in 2015.

Cullen missed much of last week’s Taini Jamison Trophy in Auckland, playing just three quarters against the Fiji Pearls.

Kersten, who plays for the Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse, can cover both wing defence and centre and has played three Tests for the Silver Ferns including two appearances last week.

New Zealand opens their Commonwealth Games campaign against Uganda on April 5.

 

New Zealand Netball Team 
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 


ENDS


NEW ZEALAND NETBALL TEAM SCHEDULE FOR THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES
(All times are NZT)

Date Match AEST NZT Broadcast Hashtag
Thursday 5 April NZ v Uganda 18:30 20:30 TVNZ Games Extra #NZLvUGA
Friday 6 April NZ v Wales 13:00 15:00 TVNZ Games Extra #WALvNZL
Sunday 8 April NZ v Malawi 18:30 20:30 TVNZ Games Extra #MALvNZL
Monday 9 April NZ v Scotland 20:30 22:30 TVNZ Games Extra #NZLvSCO
Wednesday 11 April NZ v England 09:00 11:00 TVNZ Duke #NZLvENG
Saturday 14 April Semi Finals   TBC TVNZ Duke  
Sunday 15 April Finals   TBC TVNZ Games Extra  
 


MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES 
All times are in local AEST unless otherwise stated 

Saturday 31 March - NZOC Netball Press Conference
Time: 09:00-09:45
Venue: Media House 

Tuesday 3 April - NZ Media Interview Opportunity
Time: 16:00 - 19:00
Venue: ANZ NZ House 

Thursday
 5 April - Test Match v Uganda (Live TVNZ Games Extra)
Time: post-match press conference
Venue: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Friday 6 April - Test Match v Wales (Live TVNZ Games Extra)
Time: post-match press conference
Venue: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Sunday 8 April - Test Match v Malawi (Live TVNZ Games Extra)
Time: post-match press conference
Venue: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Monday 9 April - Test Match v Scotland (Live TVNZ Games Extra)
Time: post-match press conference
Venue: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Wednesday 11 April - Test Match v Scotland (Live TVNZ Games Extra)
Time: post-match press conference
Venue: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Thursday 12 April - House of Travel 'High Tea' function 
Time: 14:00-16:00
Venue: ANZ NZ House 
 


USEFUL INFORMATION & MEDIA GUIDE

NEW ZEALAND NETBALL TEAM MEDIA GUIDE

NEW ZEALAND NETBALL TEAM: bit.ly/2nVpX6P

OFFICIAL HASHTAGS
#SilverFans | #GC2018 | #EarnTheFern
 

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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