Irene can’t wait for March

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By AMY JACK­MAN

Irene van Dyk will be work­ing on her tan this sum­mer be­fore she pulls on a yel­low Wellington net­ball dress for the first time in 11 years.

Van Dyk signed with the Cen­tral Pulse for the 2014 ANZ Cham­pi­onship af­ter Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic coach Noe­line Tau­rua stepped down.

Van Dyk’s Pulse de­but will be against the Ade­laide Thun­der­birds at Porirua’s Te Rau­paraha Arena on March 3.

‘‘I’m go­ing do a lot of sun­bathing this sum­mer so I rock that yel­low dress in March,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m very ex­cited. The more I think about it, the more ex­cited I be­come.’’

There were no re­grets about leav­ing the Magic.

‘‘It was the right time and the right de­ci­sion. I def­i­nitely have made the right choice,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m re­ally ap­pre­ci­at­ing the time at home. I’ve been home [from the Sil­ver Ferns camp] now for a week and it’s great.

‘‘I can do all th­ese things now that I didn’t have time for be­fore. I can ac­tu­ally wash my win­dows.

‘‘I’m look­ing for­ward to al­ways be­ing in the same town as the rest of my fam­ily. ‘‘Things like be­ing able to take [daugh­ter] Bianca to row­ing at 6am and not hav­ing to travel on a plane to train­ing.

‘‘I’m also ex­cited to give back to the com­mu­nity where I live and do­ing all the promotional things as well.’’

Van Dyk said she worked on her shoot­ing about six hours a week dur­ing the sea­son, and a bit less in the lead-up.

She was fo­cused on en­sur­ing she was fit for the first game, at Te Rau­paraha Arena.

She wanted to build re­la­tion­ships with her new team-mates and work on dif­fer- ent as­pects of her game, af­ter be­ing benched for the Sil­ver Ferns’ last two games against Aus­tralia in the Con­stel­la­tion Cup.

‘‘I would have loved to play Laura Geitz [Aus­tralian Di­a­monds and Queens­land Firebirds de­fender] again, but I didn’t get the chance,’’ she said.

‘‘I will be hang­ing out for the ANZ champs to do that.

‘‘ I will re­mem­ber ev­ery­thing that hap­pened in the sec­ond test that didn’t go my way.’’

Cen­tral Pulse mem­ber­ships have sold out and van Dyk said that was im­por­tant.

‘‘The Wellington crowd have al­ways been amaz­ing and re­ally pas­sion­ate about their net­ball,’’ she said.

‘‘ It shows that peo­ple are just as ex­cited about next sea­son as we are.

‘‘It’s fan­tas­tic.’’

Photo: FAIR­FAX

Ex­cit­ing time: Irene van Dyk is ea­gerly await­ing her Pulse de­but.

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