Ameliaranne Ekenasio named new captain of Silver Ferns

The Silver Ferns have named Ameliaranne Ekenasio as the team's new captain and she'll lead New Zealand at the upcoming Nations Cup in England.

Ameliaranne Ekenasio. Source: Photosport

Jane Watson and Gina Crampton have been named vice captains.

Ekenasio, 29, who debuted in 2014, was the MYOB Silver Ferns Player of the Year at the 2019 New Zealand Netball Awards.

Coach Dame Noeline Taurua said Ekenasio’s on court performances, growing confidence as a world class athlete, leadership qualities and genuine care for others made her a contender for the captaincy.

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The Ferns' shooters have formed a lethal duo on court. Source: 1 NEWS

“We have all watched Ameliaranne take her game to a new level last year showing a maturity in her game, consistency in performance and ability to shoulder the pressures on and off court,” Taurua said.

“On top of that she is such a lovely person who genuinely wants the best for others and ultimately for the team to be the best.

“As a result of our process she has the respect of her peers and management. Respect and trust is crucial in leadership as we continue to pursue to live and breathe the values of the Silver Fern.”

Taurua said Watson and Crampton brought plenty of experience to the group and along with Ekenasio provided leadership in all areas of the court.

“Both Jane and Gina are captains within their ANZ Premiership teams and have complimentary skills that will provide support for Ameliaranne,” she said.

The Silver Ferns Nations Cup campaign gets underway against England on Monday in Nottingham.