The Stars have added some exciting up and coming talent as training partners for the 2024 ANZ Premiership season.
19 year-old defender Khanyè-Lii Munro-Nanoa and 18 year-old shooter Summer Temu who were members of the 2022 New Zealand Secondary School squad, will join the Stars after impressing on and off the court.
Munro-Nanoa represented the Stars’ development team the Comets in the National Netball League this year and was elevated to the Stars bench as cover during some games throughout the ANZ Premiership season.
A versatile defender, Munro-Nanoa can play goal defence and wing defence, but Stars coach Kiri Wills is excited by what she can bring in the centre position too.
‘Khanye-Lii is very busy on the court, has a great intensity and never gives up. She goes for phase after phase which is something missing a lot of the time defensively from our current game and she’ll never back down. Wills explaind.
‘When she came into our trainings to help us out this year, she really got stuck in and put her hand up to be picked. I think her selection is reward for always coming in and contesting and competing with our other players.”
Temu, whose sister is former Stars defender Elle - is in her final year at Mount Albert Grammar School and is equally capable at both shooting positions.
Wills says Temu could have a bright future in the shooting circle at the highest level.
“She’s very tall, a target shooter and a smart goal attack and has played both positions at school. She’s ready to go and while she’s Elle’s sister, she’s here on her own merit and is super solid and difficult to get ball off. Wills said.
“She puts her body on the line, can take nice ball on the baseline and we can't wait to work with her and grow her, so in time she can get her opportunity to play in the ANZ Premiership.”