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Teenage shooter called into Pulse squad

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/11/2016

Teenage shooter Tiana Metuarau will line up for the Central Pulse in next year's national premiership netball competition.

Daughter of former Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu, the 15-year-old replaces Ameliaranne Ekenasio, who is expecting her first child in May.

Metuarau's consistency has previously been recognised with early elevation to the New Zealand under-21 team and Silver Ferns development squad.

Her meteoric rise has left the unassuming Year 11 Wellington East Girls' College student slightly overwhelmed.

"I'm really excited but very nervous as well," she said.

"At this moment, my thoughts about going into the Pulse environment are to mix well with the team, learn as much as I can before the competition starts, and give it a good go.''

Pulse coach Yvette McCausland-Durie has no doubts about the teenager's ability to make the leap into the semi-professional ranks.

"She has got a really bright future and I think what she's achieved so far as a young player really does defy her age," she said.

"She plays her role fully across all parts of the game ... the rebound, the shot, ability to be conditioned and work incredibly hard and in terms of an attacker is highly involved."

McCausland-Durie said that despite her age, Metuarau was a well-rounded player with a real ability to focus.

"She's a competitor, she knows that she wants to be a high performance athlete and she's very focused on doing what it takes.''

Ekenasio is expected to play a strong mentoring role while former shooting great Irene van Dyk will also be on hand as support.

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