Joline Henry happy to remain at Central Pulse

HAMISH BIDWELL
Last updated 05:00 04/06/2014
Joline Henry
Fairfax NZ
STEELY RESOLVE: Joline Henry is staying on at the Central Pulse.

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Central Pulse wing defence Joline Henry has no plans to shop herself around to other trans-Tasman Netball League franchises, after the Wellington-based outfit finished this year's competition in sixth place.

A campaign that began with the Pulse among the title favourites ended with them going backwards. Fifth last year, they seemed poised to push into the playoff places this time and instead finished as only the third best team in New Zealand, having lost all five clashes with Australian opposition.

Never mind that they beat the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic and Southern Steel twice each. The table doesn't lie and Monday night's season-ending 51-44 defeat to the West Coast Fever in Perth condemned the Pulse to trail in the Magic and Steel's wake.

"It's definitely a very disappointing way to finish the season, given that we've got some amazing players in our team and it might be the last time we all play together," Henry said after the Fever match.

"I personally would've liked to have rewarded Rob [Robyn Broughton] with a good end to the season, because she deserves much better as a coach."

Some Pulse personnel have come to decisions about next year, but not made them public. Others are about to start considering their options in earnest. Broughton's among the latter group, which is a complicating factor for everyone else.

Henry, though, sounds like she's made up her mind.

"I'd like to be back at the Pulse. I really like the Wellington community, I love playing at Te Rauparaha, I love playing at TSB [Arena] and, at the moment, I think I'm still coming back if the team still wants me but I'm not too sure what Robbie's doing," said Henry.

"All I've been thinking of is blimming well making sure I put my very best performances out there and sometimes they were OK and other times they were a bit mediocre."

She's being too hard on herself there. Along with goal keep and captain Katrina Grant, Henry's played at a level above her team-mates for most of the season.

That's among her frustrations. You win and lose as a team and Henry won't throw any of the others under the bus.

But she's also adamant that she and Grant's end of the court has done their bit. The pair should now be among the first picked in the Silver Ferns' squad, which is announced on June 10.

You'd expect goal shoot Irene van Dyk to be there too, with Liana Leota and Millie Lees among the midcourt candidates. 

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