Former Silver Fern Temepara Bailey returns as player-coach for Northern Stars

Former Silver Ferns midcourter Temepara Bailey is set to make a comeback at the age of 43, named today as a player-assistant coach for the Northern Stars for the 2019 ANZ Premiership season.

The Stars have lost a lot of experience in the midcourt, with skipper Grace Kara out due to her pregnancy.

Stars head coach Kiri Wills said with injuries to players Tori Kolose and Chrissy Oscar, Bailey was the right option for them.

"The decision was a relatively easy one from my point of view. We have a number of young driven players in our team and for us to win, we need to have on court leadership and experience, there is no doubt Temepara will bring these qualities," Wills said.

"One of Temepara's great strengths is her capacity to direct players on court and drive on court team strategy, whilst still doing her job to a very high standard.

“She and Leana [de Bruin] are the players we are looking to lead the on-court performance of our team. They both know how and what it takes to win, and you will see the young players in our squad flourish under their leadership."

Bailey said she is excited to test out her new role as player/coach in the upcoming netball season.

"South Auckland is home for me and I’m looking forward to preseason with the team and getting out on court in the purple colours of the Stars next year," said Bailey.

Northern Stars 2019 ANZ Premiership team:

Temepara Bailey, Kate Burley, Kayla Cullen, Leana de Bruin, Holly Fowler, Ellen Halpenny, Charlee Hodges, Storm Purvis, Mila Ruelu-Buchanan, Maia Wilson.

Training partners : Tori Kolose, Oceane Maihi and Tamara Leoni.

Mystics' Temepara Bailey competes against Tactix's Hayley Saunders. Source: Photosport

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