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Sirens star signing will help close gap between UK and Australia


Cat Tuivaiti in happy times representing New Zealand v Australia on the World stage

Cat Tuivaiti is a world-class goal shooter, with 24 Tests for New Zealand and 30 Tests for Samoa, now she's bringing her talent to the Vitality Superleague and the controversial figure will certainly give fans something to talk about in the 2019 season.


Tuivaiti's playing career includes 165 games across Australia and New Zealand playing for Northern Mystics, Central Pulse and Adelaide Thunderbirds, and she's also impressed on the International stage.


However Tuivaiti openly criticised Netball New Zealand's lack of communication when she was overlooked for trials in 2017. Her comments show she's certainly not afraid to speak her mind, and will provide an interesting dynamic to both the Strathclyde Sirens squad and Vitality Superleague next season. (Read more here)


In order to move to Sirens, Tuivaiti made the decision to leave the Suncorp Super Netball league; arguably the world's best domestic league, where she played for the Adelaide Thunderbirds last season after recovering from an ACL injury.


The differing standard between the the UK and Australian leagues was something she considered before making her decision, but ultimately, she sees the big picture.


"When I was having my conversations about coming over to play in the Superleague, a lot of people did lead into conversations with me about the level." Tuivati said. She added:

"I feel like it doesn't need that much respect that we can talk about how big the gap is - I think if we just keep working on closing the gap, that's all we can do."

"I feel like the older I get in this game, the more I realise that the knowledge I have - if I can't share it then it's not worth having. I think there is definitely a gap. But it is only for our own intentions that we just need to keep giving back to this game and really make it more exciting to watch because the gap is closing.


"England have come a little bit closer than the rest of us would like. Jamaica, Malawi, everyone's closing in and I think it's great for the sport. I'm grateful to still be a part of it while it's really closing in."


Sirens fans are excited about what the experienced International can bring to the team who finished ninth last season. Tuivaiti believes she can offer a different perspective of netball and said:

"I've got a very different, somewhat risky brand, but it's a little bit exciting. Netball's changing, you know - it is traditional, but there are gaps in the game that we can expose. I think I'm here to open their awareness and play a fun brand of netball."

The signing will certainly be a treat for netball fans across the country, as Tuivaiti's no-look passes and fearless approach will provide a fantastic spectacle for all.


By Kate Lightfoot



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