Trip to New Zealand feels like going home for Ameliaranne
AUSTRALIANS often trek across the ditch for a spot of bungee jumping, skiing or a visit to the Hobbit's village, but Bundaberg's Ameliaranne Wells is headed to New Zealand for another chance to play international netball.
Wells signed for the Central Pulse after four seasons Firebirds and it didn't take long for the 186cm shooter to be in frame for a Silver Ferns bib.
The former Australian Under-21 player is eligible to play for both countries and thanks to her Maori heritage doesn't count as an import player on the Pulse's roster.
Wells was excited of her latest opportunity said having the chance to further her career was a small part of the reason she signed for the Pulse.
"I still have a lot of family in New Zealand, so I can't wait to get back to our family roots," Wells said.
"It's been a long time since we have been back, but I have this feeling like I'm coming home."
At the Firebirds Wells was in competition for a spot in the circle with Jamaican Romelda Aiken and Amy Wild, making the decision to look elsewhere a bit easier, and having New Zealand eligibility enabled her to broaden that search and she was delighted the Pulse came calling.
In an added bonus for the former-Across The Waves junior and the Pulse, it appears Irene van Dyk will also be in Wellington for the 2015 trans-Tasman Netball League, and Wells said there will be plenty of invaluable knowledge to draw on.
"I am super-excited to be able to explore my netball in Wellington for the Haier Pulse. I can't wait to start working with a new group of wonderful girls and I am completely humbled by the opportunity of being able to join a new netball family," she said.
"2015 will be hard work and I can't wait to tackle some new challenges and hit the court in yellow. I am looking forward to meeting everyone, especially Irene.
"I can't even begin to imagine how much I will be able to learn working with her."
Wells admitted to some nerves before her first international move and she said the thoughts of playing against Australia are strange, but she added after a year in New Zealand it should feel normal.
New Zealand is looking for shooting talent and Wells's experience in the Australian system will no doubt help, and Silver Ferns' coach, Waimarama Taumaunu, said if Wells commits to play in black she will watch her progress with interest.