Just months after the birth of her first child, stylish shooter Ameliaranne Ekenasio (nee Wells) made her return to elite level netball with the FAST5 Ferns in late 2017. She continued that upward trend shortly after when sealing a spot in the Silver Ferns team for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Born in Queensland but of Ngapuhi heritage, Ekenasio moved to New Zealand in 2014 after coming through the Australian system. She spent four years (2011-14) with the Queensland Firebirds but struggled for regular court time and was snapped up by the Central Pulse for the 2015 ANZ Championship.
More consistent game time paid dividends, a growing confidence resulting in impressive individual performances for the athletic shooter with the spectacular high-arching shot.
Able to play both shooting roles, Ekenasio is an excellent mover, with quick hands and feet, is good in the tight spaces and has an unwavering willingness to put the shots up from anywhere.
A tall and agile athlete, Ekenasio’s continued improvement resulted in her first selection to the Silver Ferns in 2014, making her debut the same year against Australia in the Constellation Cup.
A player with real flair, Ekenasio adds variety at the attacking end of the court as well as experience.
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