Shooter Paula Griffin going back to Central Pulse

HAMISH BIDWELL
Last updated 13:06 29/07/2011
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BACK IN YELLOW: Silver Fern shooter Paula Griffin will return to the Central Pulse shooting circle next year.

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The Central Pulse have signed Silver Ferns shooter Paula Griffin, for the 2012 trans-Tasman netball league.

Griffin spent two years with the Pulse, before joining the Southern Steel for this year's competition. She now becomes the second Steel player, after Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit, to follow former coach Robyn Broughton north.

''We're quite pleased with that,'' Pulse chief executive Chris McNay said of Griffin's capture.

''We needed a goal attack, and another shooter, and we had our eyes on Paula and she wanted to move back to Wellington and here we are.''

Griffin, who was a member of the New Zealand team which lost this month's world championship final to Australia, will partner Caitlin Thwaites in the shooting circle of a team which looks stronger than any other in the Pulse's chequered history.

McNay said the franchise's priority was to sign a strong starting seven and assemble the supporting cast from there.

Griffin, Thwaites, Selby-Rickit, Katrina Grant, Millie Lees and Daya Pritchard are those officially over the line, with McNay indicating ''one or two'' others would be added to that list in the next few weeks. Steel captain, and Silver Ferns wing attack, Liana Leota is still believed to be in contention to join the exodus from Invercargill to Wellington.

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- The Dominion Post

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