Central Pulse's Ameliaranne Wells' lofty goals
Meet the newest contender for a Silver Ferns' shooting bib.
Twenty three-year-old Ameliaranne Wells might be the latest Central Pulse signing for next year's trans-Tasman Netball League, but that's not the extent of her playing aspirations in this country.
Queensland-born and bred, Wells has represented Australia at under-19 and 21 level and spent the past four seasons on the Firebirds' roster.
But, by virtue of having a New Zealand father, Wells will play for the Pulse as a local next year, which also puts her in the Silver Ferns' frame.
"When I was looking at all my contract terms, it said I was definitely available for selection, so it's something that I'd love to do. Whether it comes in the near future or the distant future, it's definitely on the cards," Wells said from Brisbane yesterday.
Stuck behind Jamaican Romelda Aiken and Amy Wild at the Firebirds, Wells decided it was time to look elsewhere. Having New Zealand eligibility enabled her to broaden that search and she was delighted the Pulse came calling.
"Hopefully it'll be a long-term investment. I'm not thinking of it as only being short-term," said Wells, who's known as Amelia.
Pulse coach Robyn Broughton felt Wells' speed and athleticism would add a great deal to a shooting group likely to include Irene van Dyk and Jodi Brown as well.
Wells can play at both shooting spots and Firebirds captain Laura Geitz even compared her ability to that of Maria Tutaia earlier this year.
"She didn't get a chance to play much last season, but I was impressed with what I saw. She moves well and is a very skilful player. I've got a bit to work with there," Broughton said.
Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu wasn't part of the negotiations to bring Wells to Wellington.
But she certainly supports the move.
"Yes, and I'll be watching Amelia's performances with interest," she said.
Wells, who has relatives in Motueka and the Far North, and promises the odd plane-load from her home town of Bundaberg will fly in for Pulse games, arrives in November.
"I can't wait to get started. Moving to a whole new country isn't something I've done before so I'm nervous about that, but excited more than anything."
And about to take the first step towards, hopefully, helping the Silver Ferns regain the whip hand over the Diamonds.
"I never thought I might ever play against Australia and it would probably be a bit strange. But with a year under my belt in New Zealand I'm sure it would feel normal."
The Dominion Post