Netball: Incoming Central Pulse attacker Binnian Hunt dreaming of reunion with Dame Noeline Taurua as Silver Fern

To most Kiwi netball fans, Binnian Hunt is an unknown name, but just a few months out from making the biggest move of her career, she hopes to change that. 

Hunt, 23, is one of two players moving to the ANZ Premiership from across the ditch, after signing with Central Pulse for the 2022 season.

"[I'm feeling] both excitement and nerves," Hunt tells Newshub. "I was very nervous at the start, but am very excited now. 

"None of my family have ever lived across the ditch or ever left Australia."

Hunt has made the move in search of playing time, after spending four years with Sunshine Coast Lightning.

"I've been welcomed nicely and the people have been extremely lovely - it's quite comforting to come into the environment."

At the Lightning, she met Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua, who spent two years coaching there from 2017, guiding Hunt on and off the court. 

"Noels [Dame Noeline] is like a god - she has a way in which she carries herself that you just want to learn," she says of Taurua. 

Hunt hopes her latest move across the ditch might re-unite her with Taurua, because she was born in New Zealand and is eligible to play for the national side, something that she would relish. 

"For me, it's just seeing where I go - if their [Silver Ferns] goals align with mine to go as far as I can and if that's in the black dress, then that's in the black dress," Hunt tells Newshub.

She has strong sporting ties to New Zealand - her cousins Etene Nanai-Seturo and Tim Nanai-Williams have both played rugby for the Super Rugby Chiefs. 

"Most of my family live in Auckland, but I have a Lot of New Zealand ties and people I am very excited to see." 

Hunt is excited to cross the ditch to further her career, as she looks to emulate Silver Ferns captain Ameliaranne Ekenasio. 

"You see the likes of Ameliaranne, who's made the move and succeeded very well." 

While she doesn't have an exact date for MIQ yet, Hunt is hoping to be here, alongside Kristiana Manu'a, before pre-season in November.

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