Team Preview: Northern Stars

Team Preview: Northern Stars

They’re the new team on the block and they’re ready to make a big splash in 2017. ANZPremiership.co.nz takes a look at the Northern Stars as we countdown to the start of the season on March 26.

Home venues: Vodafone Event Centre, Manukau; ASB Kohimarama, Auckland.

Coach: Julie Hoornweg

Captain: Leana de Bruin

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Game changer: Kayla Cullen

At her best, Kayla Cullen is one of the most exciting talents to step foot on a Netball court. Her speed, athleticism, ability to read the play and produce that moment of brilliance is one of the reasons Stars fans will be excited to have her on their team in 2017.

Match winner: Leana de Bruin

When you think of experienced defenders you need look no further than Stars captain Leana de Bruin. De Bruin has found a new lease on life since suiting up for the newest team on the block. Her ability to marshal her troops and keep them focussed when the heat is on, as well as her knack of winning possession when her team needs is why she is touted as the Stars’ match winner.

Player to watch: Afa Rusivakula

Fijian shooter Afa Rusivakula will very quickly become a fan favourite in the ANZ Premiership. Able to play both goal shoot and goal attack, Afa is a patient attacker with a good sense of timing.

What the coach says:

“Fans are going to see tenacious, relentless, exciting Netball for a whole 60 minutes from the Stars. We’re getting there – we’re not quite there yet – but I think they’ll be excited to watch us play,” coach Julie Hoornweg said.

First Match:

The Northern Stars will open their ANZ Premiership campaign against the Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel. The match will be the first game of the inaugural season, and part of a blockbuster Super Sunday featuring all six teams at Claudelands Arena, Hamilton, on March 26 – GET TICKETS.