The home-grown locally-based player, who led her Titikaveka Pearls premier team to another domestic championship win, is one of five local based players named in head coach Dale Atkinson’s new national netball team.
Following a three-day camp in Auckland at the weekend, Atkinson named a team of 12 exciting netballers for the 2015 Black Pearls squad to represent the Cook Islands at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.
“The camp was extremely positive and the majority of the players were only meeting for the first time,” says Atkinson.
“Bringing a team together in a very short time is unbelievably challenging, but the players and team management worked hard, on and off the court.”
“The players really tested each other so I believe the players selected can perform credibly and represent Cook Islands admirably.”
The next camp in four weeks’ time will provide a further opportunity to build and progress with final preparations.
The Black Pearl national netball squad members are: Amelia Vainetuua (GS/GK), Ana Salanoa (GS/GK), Ashleigh Iro (WD/GD), Courtney Capper (GA/GS), Ernestina Bonsu-Maru (WA/WD), Jasmin Forbes-James (C/WA), Luciana Matenga (GD/GK), Mariana Ngaputa (GD/GK), Moana Glassie (WA/GA), Natalia Short (GK/GD), Rochelle Teiri (WD/C) and Tehani Buchanan (GD/GK).
The non-travelling reserves are Adoniah Lewis, Chloe Benedito and Grace Glassie (dependant on injury).
Captain Luciana Matenga and fellow local based squad members Natalia Short, Mariana Ngaputa, Amelia Vainetuua and non-travelling reserve Adoniah Lewis will be out fundraising in the community and will appreciate all the support, both moral and financial, that you can give.