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Mystics finalise squad with 3 training partners

Mystics finalise squad with 3 training partners

The SKYCITY Mystics have named three training partners to complete their squad for the 2018 ANZ Premiership.

Mererangi Paul, Tori Kolose and Grace Kukutai – who all play in the midcourt – have been added to work alongside the 10-strong Mystics squad and coach Helene Wilson.

Paul was a training partner with the Mystics this season and received a call-up to make her debut.

Kukutai also clocked up court time with the WBOP Magic, predominantly in the wing defence role, and was a member of the Zone’s Beko team while Kolose played for the Northern Comets in the Beko Netball League.

Netball Northern Board chair Dianne McAteer said the Club had made a strong commitment to select players who had performed within the Zone performance pathway.

“We have the confidence that they are ready to perform in the ANZ Premiership if given the opportunity,” she said.

“Tori has had a fantastic year in the Comets Beko team while Mererangi and Grace have both contributed to representative teams within our Zone and for their ANZ Premiership teams in 2017.”

McAteer said the SKYCITY Mystics was also proud to name a squad “full of New Zealand talent”.

“As a franchise we have made a commitment to players from New Zealand and we are confident that we have signed a really competitive team for the 2018 ANZ Premiership,” she said.

The SKYCITY Mystics have named 10 players for next year’s ANZ Premiership, including: Maria Tutaia, Bailey Mes, Anna Harrison, Storm Purvis, Phoenix Karaka, Jamie Hume, Samon Nathan, Elisapeta Toeava, Michaela Sokolich-Beatson and Tera-Maria Amani.