Fresh from representing South African in the 2023 Netball World Cup in her own backyard, Nichole Taljaard is joining London Pulse for her maiden season in the renowned Netball Super League.
The Goal Attack was very instrumental in the Proteas squad that finished the showpiece in Cape Town in sixth place.
The Capetonian took centre stage along with Ine-Marie Venter and Elmeré van der Berg upfront after record goalscorer Lenize Potgieter was ruled out through injury. At home Taljaard played for Western Cape Southern Stings.
At the Cape Town ICC, Taljaard scored the all-important goal that saw the hosts equalise 48-48 against New Zealand. A match that gave them a lifeline in the tournament.
Sam Bird had this to say about her new squad: “I am so excited about the squad we have put together for the new season. We have kept the core of our history making 2023 team and added to it with world class talent in key positions.”
As teams name their different squad set to battle in the next season, London Pulse has also officially named their players. Following a record-breaking season that saw the squad make club history on a number of occasions, culminating in the Club’s first ever NSL final, London Pulse retained 7 players Zara Everitt, Halimat Adio, Funmi Fadoju, Alicia Scholes, Jade Clarke, Berri Neil and Olivia Tchine.
The squad is a perfect combination of experience and youth, home grown and international talent. Both Darcie Everitt and Isabella Phillips have come through the ranks after playing in the Championship. They recently represented England at the Youth Commonwealth Games where they came away with bronze. Darcie captained the young England side and was one of London Pulse’s training partners for the 2023 season.
Bird added “In keeping with our club ethos I am also delighted to have been able to offer places in this squad to two hugely talented youngsters from within our own pathway in Darcie and Isabella. I truly believe we have a squad that can take us one step further this season and I cannot wait to get started.”
Other players joining London Pulse for 2024:
Jeresia McEachrane – The 27 year old WD from Trinidad and Tobago showed the flair and never say die attitude that the Calypso Girls are known for around the world at this year’s NWC.
Brie Grierson – Brie joins from Leeds Rhinos where she has played for the past 3 seasons. The 2023 season saw WA/GA Brie make 10 appearances for a total of 88 goals.
Photo 1 Caption: Fresh from representing South African in the 2023 Netball World Cup in her own backyard, Nichole Taljaard is joining London Pulse for her maiden season in the renowned Netball Super League. Photo: Nichole Taljaard (Instagram)