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Tuivaiti signs on for Pulse

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/08/2016

Tuivaiti will team up with talented Pulse shooter Ameliaranne Ekenasio, and is looking to build a partnership with Silver Ferns goal attack Maria Tutaia. © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images Tuivaiti will team up with talented Pulse shooter Ameliaranne Ekenasio, and is looking to build a partnership with Silver Ferns goal attack Maria Tutaia. Former Silver Ferns shooter Cathrine Tuivaiti is hoping to reignite her international netball career with a shift south to the Central Pulse.

Tuivaiti, 29, has accumulated 24 caps for New Zealand since making her debut in 2011.

But she was dropped for last year's netball World Cup, and has also missed out on new Silver Ferns coach Janine Southby's team for this season's internationals against England, South Africa, Jamaica and Australia.

Tuivaiti, who spent the last nine years with the Northern Mystics in the trans-Tasman netball league, will line up for the Pulse in next year's new NZ-only Netball Elite League.

She's hoping the change of scenery and personnel will reignite her career.

"I know that it's something I need to do to better myself and my netball," she said.

"The time had just come where I needed to branch out and do something different with some different people.

"I'm hoping to learn some new things about netball and hopefully about myself."

Tuivaiti will team up with talented Pulse shooter Ameliaranne Ekenasio, and is looking to build a partnership similar to the one she established with Silver Ferns goal attack Maria Tutaia at the Mystics.

Pulse coach Yvette McCausland-Durie, who is also Silver Ferns assistant coach, says Tuivaiti brings a wealth of experience and ability to the Pulse's attacking end.

"She has an abundant natural talent, while her experience and leadership abilities will be great assets for our younger players."

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