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Claire Kersten

2017 - 2018, 2020 - 2023


Late blooming midcourter Claire Kersten continues to evolve her game after four defining seasons with the Pulse. On the back of regular court time, Kersten’s game has gone from strength-to-strength, initially leading to a Silver Ferns call-up in 2018 after thinking higher honours had passed her by. From being a rock-solid wing defence, Kersten moved into centre in 2018 with impressive results. Physically and mentally strong, Kersten has a calm demeanour, leads by example through her work ethic, is a potent force on attack and defensively, and is a senior leader at the Pulse. Continuing to add to her game at centre, Kersten was a revelation during the 2020 domestic season, adding to her repertoire as a fine defensive centre, to honing her movement and ball skills on attack. Hard working, consistent and relentless, Kersten’s impressive credentials led to a recall to the 2020-21 Silver Ferns squad just as she thought she had done her dash for any further higher honours. Modest and unassuming, Kersten is a consummate team player, her resilience and ability to improve being shining examples of her dedication. A finalist with the NZU21 team at the 2009 World Youth Cup, Kersten played in the All Stars team in 2019 and was vice-captain of the jubilant FAST5 Ferns World Series-winning team in 2018.

Player # 168
Positions WD, C
DOB 09/07/1989
Height 175cm
Test Caps 22
Debut 10/09/2017
vs England Roses