Arena takes Pulse

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The Pulse net­ball fran­chise has signed a three-year con­tract with Porirua City Coun­cil to play the ma­jor­ity of its home games at Te Rau­paraha Arena.

The com­mit­ment will see the cen­tral re­gion team play four of its seven home ANZ Cham­pi­onship fix­tures at the arena this sea­son, and the venue will also be used for train­ing.

‘‘Ev­ery time the Pulse plays at the arena, it’s sold out. That means over 2000 fans will flock to the Porirua city cen­tre,’’ says Mr Leggett. ‘‘The coun­cil’s part­ner­ship with the Pulse is great. Not only can Porirua’s ar­dent net­ball fans en­joy live ac­tion right on their doorstep, the Pulse can be as­sured of a packed house of­fer­ing fan­tas­tic sup­port at ev­ery home game. Hav­ing visi­tor num­bers swell each time there’s a game on will also ben­e­fit the city eco­nom­i­cally.’’

He said Porirua had a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing a leader in suc­cess­ful col­lab­o­ra­tions and this ap­proach would con­tinue with the Pulse.

The Pulse’s new chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris McNay said they were re­ally ex­cited to be based at Te Rau­paraha Arena, which would host its clash with North­ern Mys­tic this Satur­day.

‘‘We are look­ing for­ward to the out­stand­ing sup­port we have re­ceived from our fans and the wider Porirua com­mu­nity . . .

‘‘Hav­ing the best fa­cil­i­ties is a cru­cial com­po­nent in our prepa­ra­tion and the team is now re­ally chomp­ing at the bit for the sea­son to start.’’

Arena Man­ager Wil­lie Tau­rima said hav­ing the Pulse team and their coaches lo­cal and ac­ces­si­ble was go­ing be great.

‘‘It was al­ways part of the coun­cil’s vi­sion for Te Rau­paraha Arena to have elite ath­letes here, train­ing and play­ing, so that kids would be able to meet their sport­ing icons and re­alise there could be a path­way in sport at this level for them too. They can sit in the gallery and watch dur­ing coach­ing ses­sions and this type of ex­po­sure rubs off and helps raise ex­pec­ta­tions which is all good for the Porirua com­mu­nity.’’

The Pulse play the Mys­tics at 4.15pm, Fe­bru­ary 19.

For Welling­ton Pulse sea­son pre­view, see p70.

Tall or­der: Porirua City mayor Nick Leggett faced off against Pulse shooter Caitlin Th­waites to get an early les­son be­fore a friendly game be­tween coun­cil staff and the Pulse last Fri­day.

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