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Teams // Pulse - ANZ Championship 2008 


 Suzuki Central Pulse

 
Regions: Eastern, Western, Wellington & Tasman, New Zealand
Principal Sponsors: Suzuki, Vodafone
Home Stadiums: TSB Bank Arena (Wellington), Arena Manawatu (Palmerston North) Pettigrew Green Arena (Napier)
Team Colours:
Yellow, Blue, Black
Web: www.pulse.org.nz

What happens at the bottom of a league can measure its worth as well as what plays out in the Finals Series. Pulse lost every game in 2008, but could not be taken lightly because the team, led with admirable staunchness by Frances Solia, never once stopped trying to win.

Yes, Pulse’s 2008 record includes eight double-figure defeats and, despite the honour of hosting the historic opening match against the Melbourne Vixens, the team always struggled against the Australian teams. Yet their record also features three heart-stopping extra-time matches, against Tactix (twice) and Steel, and two other respectable single-figure losses, against Mystics and Grand Finalist Magic.

Pulse earned their only point of the season in controversial circumstances, when a leaking roof in Perth led to the cancellation at half-time of the Round 10 match against Fever. The game was officially declared a draw and both teams received a point. Pulse bounced back well from the controversy and the long trip, losing to Tactix 49-50 in extra time, then making Magic work for a five-goal victory.

Pulse's defenders Cushla Lichtwark and Kahu Waititi were given plenty to do and thrived on it, while the inspirational Sonia Mkoloma was voted joint winner of the ANZ Championship Most Valuable Player award (with Romelda Aiken). Of the shooters, Susan Tagicakibau proved most accurate (77.4%), while Jamilah Gupwell averaged most goals per game (16).
 
 
 BELLRINGER, Amber  BURGESS, Lauren
 CROFTS, Hayley  EDWARDS, Candyce
 GUPWELL, Jamilah  LICHTWARK, Cushla
 MKOLOMA, Sonia  ROSELLI, Nardia
 SOLIA, Frances  TAGICAKIBAU, Susan
 WAITITI, Kahurangi  WIESER, Neesha


 ANZ CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: Pulse
 SeasonPositionPlayedWonLostByesGoals ForGoals AgainstDifference%Points
 2009 46 55 -9 84% 
 2008 10 14 12 471 636 -165 74% 


 Pulse Game History for this Season
       Round   Round Date   Opposition   Result
View Match Detail  Round 1 5/4/2008   »  Vixens 33 to 50   -  
View Match Detail  Round 2 12/4/2008   »  Steel 50 to 52   -  
View Match Detail  Round 3 19/4/2008   »  Firebirds 28 to 56   -  
View Match Detail  Round 4 26/4/2008   »  Swifts 30 to 59   -  
View Match Detail  Round 5 3/5/2008   »  Magic 37 to 54   -  
View Match Detail  Round 6 10/5/2008       Bye    
View Match Detail  Round 7 17/5/2008   »  Tactix 50 to 55   -  
View Match Detail  Round 8 24/5/2008   »  Mystics 48 to 54   -  
View Match Detail  Round 9 31/5/2008   »  Steel 29 to 41   -  
View Match Detail  Round 10 7/6/2008   »  Fever 16 to 33   -  
View Match Detail  Round 11 14/6/2008   »  Tactix 49 to 50   -  
View Match Detail  Round 12 21/6/2008   »  Magic 41 to 46   -  
View Match Detail  Round 13 28/6/2008   »  Mystics 28 to 42   -  
View Match Detail  Round 14 5/7/2008   »  Thunderbirds 32 to 44   -  


 Player Participation in games
  Player  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14  Tot %
 BELLRINGER, Amber  1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 11 79%
 BURGESS, Lauren  1 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 9 64%
 CROFTS, Hayley  1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 8 57%
 EDWARDS, Candyce  0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7%
 GUPWELL, Jamilah  1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12 86%
 LICHTWARK, Cushla  1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 93%
 MKOLOMA, Sonia  1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 93%
 SOLIA, Frances  1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 13 93%
 TAGICAKIBAU, Susan  1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12 86%
 WAITITI, Kahurangi  1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 12 86%
 WIESER, Neesha  0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 7 50%



 
 
 
 
 
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