Netball: Aliyah Dunn joins Mainland Tactix for 2023 ANZ Premiership after leaving Central Pulse

Aliyah Dunn against Northern Stars.
Aliyah Dunn against Northern Stars. Photo credit: Image - Photosport

Shooter Aliyah Dunn has signed with Mainland Tactix for the 2023 ANZ Premiership season, after leaving Central Pulse.

The 22-year-old was a key figure at the Pulse, as the Wellington-based side won a third ANZ Premiership title. 

Aliyah Dunn.
Aliyah Dunn. Photo credit: Image - Photosport

Dunn finished as the ANZ Premiership's most prolific scorer in 2022, with 618 goals at 93 percent - including 44 in the Pulse's grand final victory over Northern Stars.

But Dunn, who has been one of the most accurate shooters within New Zealand during her five seasons with the Pulse, won't be back to push for a fourth crown.

She replaces Ellie Bird in the Tactix's shooting circle, and links with Silver Fern Te Paea Selby-Rickit and Hannah Glen.

"I've been with the Pulse for five seasons now, so I was looking for a change of environment," Dunn said. "I've heard nothing but good things about what the Tactix are doing down in Christchurch. 

"The challenge is always there to improve and to be able to try that with a different team is really exciting.

"It's hard to leave a team like the Pulse, who I've been with for a long time and obviously had some success. I'm grateful for the opportunities I've had up there, but it felt like the right time to make a change and step out of my comfort zone."

The move also sees Southland-native Dunn move closer to her Invercargill home, when she joins the Tactix for pre-season training in November.