ANZ Premiership: Central Pulse putting in hard yards over summer in hunt for fourth title in five years

Central Pulse are gunning for their fourth title in five years heading into the 2023 ANZ netball Premiership season.

It means working hard over the summer period, as the new campaign kicks off in early March.

And for the all-conquering Pulse, they're embracing the added pressure that comes with success.

Central Pulse celebrate.
Central Pulse celebrate. Photo credit: Photosport

The team don't have to look far to find motivation over the holiday season.

"Everyone's in the same boat," defender Kelly Jury told Newshub. "We all have that one target of taking the season out again next year.

"I guess we're still living off a high from last season, after taking out the championship."

The Wellington side has held the trophy three times since 2019, and head into the new ANZ Premiership season with a target on their back.

"There's always a pressure every year," says coach Yvette McCausland-Durie. "Every team is capable of being a champion team. 

"Our challenge is how we put this group together, retention has been important, and we've managed to keep a number of our players."

They've also recruited well, signing Malawi international shooter Joyce MVula, and midcourter Ainsleyana Puleiata - who was part of the winning Central Manawa team in the National competition after overcoming serious injuries.

"I ruptured my ACL twice in 2017 and 2018," Puleiata said. "It was challenging, and I was still within the mix.

"But it was really nice having that experience with them as a training partner, and as a replacement partner coming in was seamless."

Transitioning into the most triumphant team in the competition that's found their own rhythm.

"Just from top to bottom, CEO to players, we all click," Maddy Gordon said. "Obviously Yvette is great, we love playing with her.

"She's just such a cool coach."

All while trying to impress Silver Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua heading into a Netball World Cup year.

"It's so crucial on an individual basis," added Jury. "This is the opportunity for people to put their hands up for Ferns selection - but you think too much into that.

"You've got to worry about your ANZ team first, and what performance you put out on court."

And the Pulse are hoping their performances sees them showered with success once more.