News | Netball
23 Feb 2018 1:51
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Sports > Netball

    Young Ferns call-up a future star: coach

    The Silver Ferns have selected young defender Michaela Sokolich-Beatson, as well as the returning Ameliaranne Ekenasio, in their 2018 Commonwealth Games squad.


    Michaela Sokolich-Beatson has been anointed as the future of the Silver Ferns' goal defence after her surprise Commonwealth Games selection.

    The 21-year-old Sokolich-Beatson was named on Thursday as coach Janine Southby's bolter for the Games, fresh off a solid domestic season with Northern Mystics.

    She'll be joined on the Gold Coast by the returning Ameliaranne Ekenasio, who last played for New Zealand in 2016 before going on maternity leave.

    Elsewhere, the 12-strong squad remains unchanged from that which relinquished the Quad Series in abysmal fashion last month, with Whitney Souness, Maia Wilson, Jane Watson and and Phoenix Karaka going unselected.

    Capable of playing goal defence or wing defence, Sokolich-Beatson is highly regarded by Southby, who said she was keen to develop depth at goal defence.

    The under-21 World Cup-winning defender would remain behind captain Katrina Grant in the pecking order for now, but was a star in the making.

    She had overcome a niggling back injury which kept her out of international selection for much of late 2017 and would be fit by Games time.

    "Certainly been on the radar for us for a long time, the last couple of years, and we're looking forward to bringing her into our program," Southby said.

    "She's got a huge work ethic both on and off the court, I know she's really driven and determined and I know she's very organised and well-planned.

    "She's a pretty down-to-earth girl."

    Ekenasio, meanwhile, would seek to inject offensive guile into a Silver Ferns team that crumpled in last fortnight's 67-48 loss to Australia.

    Finding Australian midcourters Liz Watson and Kim Ravaillion in a vicious mood, the Kiwis turned the ball over again and again and were duly punished.

    The Australian-born Ekenasio could play both shooting-circle roles and had acquitted herself well in last October's Fast5 netball tournament.

    "She showed she hadn't lost the touch," Southby said.

    "It was just a matter of getting her conditioning back to a standard that was acceptable for us to put her back into the Ferns program."

    The Ferns will spend four of the next eight weeks in camp before using an impromptu four-way Taini Jamison series - involving Jamaica, Malawi and Fiji - as a springboard into their Gold Coast gold-medal tilt.

    They've won two of the past three Commonwealth Games titles, in Melbourne in 2006 and New Delhi in 2010, but finished second in Glasgow in 2014.

    SILVER FERNS: Katrina Grant (c), Maria Folau (vc), Kayla Cullen, Ameliaranne Ekenasio, Temalisi Fakahokotau, Shannon Francois, Kelly Jury, Grace Kara, Bailey Mes, Te Paea Selby-Rickit, Michaela Sokolich-Beatson, Samantha Sinclair.

    © 2018 NZN, NZCity


     Other Netball News
     21 Feb: Coach wary of Jamaicans in Games netball
     20 Feb: English Roses loom as Comm Games threat
     14 Feb: Steel sign another Jamaican shooter
     10 Feb: Comm Games call-up shocks Ferns bolter
     10 Feb: NZ school students turning to basketball
     09 Feb: Combinations still need work: Ferns boss
     08 Feb: England refuse to write off Silver Ferns
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    Super Rugby week-two preview panel More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Shares gain as investors take a2 above $9b More...



     Today's News

    General:
    Winter Olympics: Russian mixed doubles curling team lose bronze medals after Alexander Krushelnitsky's positive test 22:15

    Skiing:
    Teenage Kiwi duo win Olympic bronze 21:55

    Technology:
    Russia-linked internet bots trying to make the world an angrier place 21:45

    International:
    Winter Olympics speed skaters and the athletes whose unusual bodies suit their sports 21:45

    Entertainment:
    Oscar Isaac knew he wanted to marry her after he saw his pregnant wife take care of his sick mother 21:35

    Rugby League:
    McLean faces NRL Storm front in NQld debut 21:15

    Entertainment:
    Matt LeBlac is “sure” Jennifer Aniston is “doing okay” following her split from Justin Theroux 21:05

    Entertainment:
    January Jones has insisted she is not dating Nick Viall 20:35

    Entertainment:
    George and Amal Clooney have donated $500,000 to the March For Our Lives movement 20:05

    Entertainment:
    Liam Gallagher has said the key to being a “rock star” is having “loud farts” 19:35


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2018 New Zealand City Ltd