Central Pulse re-sign Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit

HAMISH BIDWELL
Last updated 13:14 01/08/2014
Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit
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PULSE DEFENDER: Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit.

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The Central Pulse have confirmed the re-signing of defender Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit.

The 25-year-old made two test appearances for the Silver Ferns last year and has been with the Pulse since the start of the 2012 trans-Tasman Netball League season.

Selby-Rickit was slowed by an ankle injury during the team's 2014 campaign and eventually lost her place to English import Ama Agbeze. Along with it went her status as a Silver Ferns squad member.

She had been trying to call coach Waimarama Taumaunu to say she wasn't available and didn't feel worthy of inclusion. Taumaunu, meanwhile, was unsuccessfully trying to tell Selby-Rickit she wasn't required.

The coach later described it as a ''communication breakdown'' that ultimately ended with both parties getting the result they wanted.

Next year was an important one for Selby-Rickit. Captain Katrina Grant was assured of one of the circle-defending spots in the Pulse while Agbeze, who's also been re-signed, has shown she'll provide stiff competition.

Between Selby-Rickit, Grant and wing defence Joline Henry, the Pulse had boasted one of the smarter defensive trios around.

But Agbeze's athleticism added a different dimension late last season and allowed Grant to hunt more ball.

Meanwhile, the recruitment process for next year's assistant coach was down to the final three. There has been no word about who the candidates were or how they were chosen. Although it was understood those decisions had been made by the Pulse's administrative, rather than netball, staff.

Previous assistant Marianne Delaney proved popular and industrious over the last three years, but has relocated to Christchurch. Her analytical ability would be missed by head coach Robyn Broughton and the players.

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