Stars add to roster for 2018
The Northern Stars have re-signed dynamic defender Kayla Cullen, and added shooters Paula Girffin and Ellen Halpenny, as well as, young defender Oliva Coughlan for the 2018 ANZ Premiership.
Cullen, who has again been named in the Silver Ferns, was a foundation member of the new Club this year where she made an impact at both goal defence and wing defence.
Griffin, who like Cullen played her formative Netball years in Auckland and Halpenny, who has been plying her trade in the English Superleague, will make their ANZ Premiership debut next season. Coughlan was a member of the Mainland Beko Netball League team.
Stars coach Kiri Wills said securing the experienced heads of Kayla Cullen, Paula Griffin and Ellen Halpenny would be a “huge asset” to the Northern Stars and the potential of young Olivia Coughlan is exciting.
“Kayla is a world class player with her athleticism, speed and ability to read the game,” Wills said.
“She’s still a young player but brings plenty of knowledge into the squad as does the likes of Paula and Ellen who have played at the highest level.
“Having that leadership quality is a huge asset for the Stars as we are still a very new Club in the ANZ Premiership – those leadership skills are important as we look to build a culture and grow our performances.”
Cullen, Griffin, Halpenny and Coughlan join Silver Ferns Grace Rasmussen and Maia Wilson along with Holly Fowler and Fa’amu Ioane as the latest signings for the Club with just two places remaining.