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Central Pulse discover competitive Edge

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/04/2017 Cathy Walshe

Former New Zealand Silver Fern Sandra Edge © Marty Melville/Getty Images Former New Zealand Silver Fern Sandra Edge Former Silver Ferns midcourter Sandra Edge has never been afraid to take a leap into the unknown.

It's what characterised her approach over 10 years, on and off, in the black dress for New Zealand.

A creative, intuitive and often spectacular player, Edge captained the Silver Ferns in 21 Tests, and was part of the 1987 World Cup winning team in Glasgow.

Combining her love of teaching with netball has allowed Edge to build her involvement in the sport with age grade coaching, and coaching development.

She's also stepped up as assistant coach at the Central Pulse, part of a high-powered team supporting coach Yvette McCausland-Durie.

Former Silver Ferns coach and captain Waimarama Taumaunu is high performance director at Netball Central, while long-serving goal shooter Irene van Dyk is a specialist coach.

"It really is a melting pot of experts, and learning from all these people is awesome," Edge says.

"The coach is the one that makes the final decisions and everything else is a contribution to get the players in the best space to perform and win."

Edge is adamant that she's learning as much as the players.

"Learning is multifarious. Sometimes you leap ahead, sometimes you go backwards - it's erratic, and it's risky because learning is trying to do what you don't know."

Three games into the new netball premiership, the Pulse are still a work in progress, with two wins offset by a 52-50 loss to the Magic.

With the competition stretching out to 15 games, Edge says there's plenty of time for the Pulse to play their way into form and develop the "invisible thread" the best teams have.

"You want to see growth, you want to see them handle pressure situations, and that usually comes with confidence in their own ability and confidence in the people around them.

"It's a fabulous challenge."

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