Manawatu Standard

Pulse need new coach


Two-time defending ANZ Premiershi­p netball champions the Central Pulse are on the lookout for a new coach, after parting ways with Gail Parata.

The one-test Silver Fern will leave the Wellington-based franchise after just one season at the helm, due to mutual agreement, the Pulse said yesterday.

Parata’s comments suggested frustratio­n with the Pulse set-up, after they suffered their 10th loss of the season, 56-54 to the Northern Mystics on Sunday. ‘‘I am looking for an opportunit­y to build a programme from the ground up. The Pulse already have a programme in place they are comfortabl­e with, and I need the challenge of developing and growing my own programme,’’ she said.

Parata succeeded Yvette Mccausland-durie who called time on her stint in Wellington after coaching the Pulse to back-toback titles in 2019 and 2020.

The Pulse were without key players Katrina Rore and Ameliarann­e Ekenasio, both on maternity leave, and lost Karin Burger (Tactix) and Tiana Metuarau (Steel) to other teams.

They head into Saturday’s final regular season match against the Steel second-last on the ladder, with a 4-10 win-loss record and out of the playoff race.

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