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Steel keep attacking netball trio

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/08/2016

Southern Steel's attacking trio of Shannon Francois, Gina Crampton and Te Paea Selby-Rickit will be back in action next season for the southern franchise.

Francois, Crampton and Selby-Rickit join captain Wendy Frew and Jamaican sharpshooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid as confirmed on Steel's playing roster for the new Elite League, which replaces the trans-Tasman Netball League.

Steel chief executive Lana Winders said she was thrilled to retain "one of the leading attacking trios in the country".

What's most satisfying is that the trio have never played for another franchise, she says.

"Last year, under the tutelage of Noeline Taurua, this combination completely and utterly lost their ability to be intimidated by Australian teams and we're really looking forward to watching them continue to grow and build on that."

All three will attend Silver Fern trials in Auckland next week, along with teammates Storm Purvis, Jane Watson and Jamie Hume.

Sunshine Coast have landed a major coup ahead of next year's all-Australian netball league, snaring Taurua from the Steel.

Taurua coached the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic to become the only New Zealand-based team to win the trans-Tasman trophy at the club in 2012.

She guided them to the finals in each of the six seasons she was at the franchise, before taking the Steel to the top of the New Zealand conference in her only year at the club in 2016.

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