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Waimarama Taumaunu admits she is
mindful there may be a backlash if Australian-
born shooter Ameliaranne Wells is elevated
straight into the Silver Ferns later this week.
But the national coach says the selectors
cannot let public sentiment affect their
decision making as they look to settle on a
group that has the best chance of wresting the
World Cup off Australia next year.
Wells only landed on the Silver Ferns’ radar
last month, when the former Queensland
Firebirds’ shooter signed with the Central
Pulse for the 2015 season.
The 23-year-old is eligible to represent New
Zealand as her father was born here, and with
the Ferns’ current depth crisis in the shooting
circle the national selectors wasted no time
in getting the youngster involved in the
programme, inviting Wells to take part in this
week’s national trials in Auckland.
The odds of Wells being included in the team
shortened yesterday with the confirmation
shooting ace Maria Tutaia has been ruled
out of netball for the rest of the year after
succumbing to the painful foot injury that
hampered her Commonwealth Games
Tutaia’s former Mystics team-mate Bailey
Mes is tipped as her likely replacement in the
test line-up to take on Australia next month,
while Wells will put pressure on incumbent
Ellen Halpenny to retain her spot.
With Cathrine Latu also still battling back
from an injury she picked up at the Glasgow
tournament, at the very least Wells is expected
to be included in the wider Silver Ferns squad
with the selectors likely to include an extra
shooter as back-up.
“Bringing (Wells) into trials was not done
lightly, but we have to grow that area and at
the moment, because of the number of imports
sitting in those shooting positions, it’s not an
easy thing to do,” Taumaunu said.
“I understand that there could be a reaction
(if Wells is selected), but I can’t be concerned
about that. I have to pick what I think is best
for this team now and in the long term. And
with a significant injury to (Tutaia), (Latu)
still recovering, and one of our best youngsters
(Malia Paseka) injured, it does change the
environment quite significantly to what I had
The loss of Tutaia — now the Ferns’ most-
capped shooter following the retirement
of Irene van Dyk — is a major blow to the
Ferns side as they look to bounce back from
their dreadful 18-goal loss to Australia in the
Commonwealth Games final.
The reviews from the Glasgow tournament
highlighted the shooting circle as a key area
needing improvement if the Ferns are to make
up ground on their trans-Tasman rivals.
The upcoming international series loomed
as an important opportunity to develop
combinations and build links with the
attacking end ahead of next year’s World Cup
With Tutaia out, the Ferns will be missing
a key piece of their attacking puzzle, but
Taumaunu said being forced to bring a new
player to the mix will help build depth.
“Sometimes when things like this happen
you wind up doing things that you otherwise
wouldn’t choose to do. We have to grow depth
in that area, the injuries at Commonwealth
Games showed that, and this is going to make
us do that,” she said.
Given the run of injuries in the shooting
circle, team management were forced to call
16-year-old shooter Maia Wilson from the
New Zealand Secondary Schools team into
camp this week to provide an extra body in the
shooting circle at trials.
Tutaia said it was frustrating not being able to
take part in any of the Silver Ferns programme
for the rest of the year, but she has shifted her
focus to next year’s World Cup.
“It ’s something that has been ongoing since
Commonwealth Games and I was hoping
things would come right for this camp, but it
hasn’t. It ’s pretty painful, it ’s like walking on
glass sometimes. The only thing that can really
fix it is rest, so it is a bit frustrating but I need
to look to the long-term and make sure I’m
right for next year,” Tutaia said.
Silver Ferns tests.—
Cup series (v Australia). —
Stadium Southland, Invercargill; October
8: Hisense Arena, Melbourne; October
11: Allphones Arena, Sydney; October 15:
Trusts Stadium, Auckland. Taini Jamison
Trophy (v England).—
October 28: Energy
Events Centre, Rotorua; October 31: Arena
Manawatu, Palmerston North. — APNZ
Wells may bolster
injur y-ridden Ferns
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Shooter Ameliaranne Wells landed on the Silver Ferns’ radar only last month.
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