ANZ Premiership: Northern Mystics sign Grace Nweke for remainder of season

Northern Mystics shooter Grace Nweke.
Northern Mystics shooter Grace Nweke. Photo credit: Photosport

The Northern Mystics have added teenage sensation Grace Nweke to their full-time playing squad for the remainder of the ANZ Premiership season.

The 17-year-old made her debut last month and has been a shining light in a disappointing season for the Mystics who are at the bottom of the Premiership standings.

The goal-shoot from Avondale College has so far put up 166 attempts at goal, landing 83 percent of her shots in 180-minutes of court time.

Mystics coach Helene Wilson said she was pleased to see Nweke officially join the fulltime squad, but would still be wary of managing the youngster's workload while she completes her final year at school.

"Grace has been a training partner with us and of course made an impact on court in the ANZ Premiership over the past few weeks," Wilson said.

"She knows our set-up, the players, and is coming to grips with what is expected at this elite level.

"There is no doubt that Grace is an exciting prospect for both the Mystics and New Zealand netball, but we also need to be mindful that she is still very new to the high-performance environment.

"Finding the right balance for Grace is very important to the Mystics because she is certainly a player to watch for the future. And she still wants to have fun out there."

Nweke was born in New Zealand and is of Nigerian descent.

The Mystics are back in action on Sunday against the Mainland Tactix in Auckland.