Kristiana Manu’a named ambassador for Oceania Cup

Back where it all began: Giants netballer Kristiana Manu’a at the Woodward Park netball courts promoting the upcoming Oceania Cup. Interested teams can register online: nsw.netball.com.au. Picture: Simon Bennett
Back where it all began: Giants netballer Kristiana Manu’a at the Woodward Park netball courts promoting the upcoming Oceania Cup. Interested teams can register online: nsw.netball.com.au. Picture: Simon Bennett

Giants netballer Kristiana Manu’a is a Liverpool girl through and through. She is also a proud Samoan.

So the 22-year-old jumped at the chance to be the ambassador for next month’s 2018 Oceania Cup. The community festival of netball will celebrate Polynesian, Pacific and Indigenous cultures.

“I’m passionate about being a Pacific Islander in netball community,” she said.

“I want to show people that Pacific Islanders can succeed in netball and the Oceania Cup is great way to celebrate the culture through netball – two of my passions.”

The former Liverpool City Netball Association representative player is on the comeback trail after rupturing her her Achilles tendon in training at the end of 2016.

After a year of recovery, she is back on court and more focused than ever to reproduce the highs of her 2016 season where she made her Diamonds debut.

“We were playing a practice match against the men’s team and I went to push off as I usually do and it went,” she said of the injury. “I was devastated, but I’ve worked hard and it’s good to be back.”

Manu’a is hoping to make her Super Netball  debut for the Giants when the season starts after the Commonwealth Games. She has previously played under Giants coach Julie Fitzgerald at her time at the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic.

  • Netball NSW’s 2018 Oceania Cup will be held at Woodward Park netball courts on March 17 and 18.
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