Central Pulse and coach Gail Parata part ways after one season in charge

A battle for possession as the Central Pulse defeated the Southern Steel. MICHAEL BRADLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

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 in a statement on Tuesday.

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 that they are comfortable with, and I need the challenge of developing and growing my own programme,” she said in a statement.

Parata succeeded Yvette McCausland-Durie who called time on her stint in Wellington after coaching the Pulse to back-to-back 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 in the off-season.

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

Netball Central director of high performance Waimarama Taumaunu praised Parata for the diligence and hard work she had put into the current season.

“We understand Gail’s desire to pursue other opportunities and to build a new programme from scratch,’’ Taumaunu said.

Pulse chief executive Fran Scholey was grateful to Parata for the time and dedication given to the team during 2021.

“We wish Gail all the best in her next opportunity within netball, and are currently working through the coaching team for 2022,’’ she said.

 

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