New Zealand's Joline Johansson already feeling at home with Herts Mavericks

PUBLISHED: 09:47 04 February 2016 | UPDATED: 09:47 04 February 2016

Joline Johansson. Picture courtesy of Herts Mavericks/Christian Trampenau/FTF Worldwide

Joline Johansson. Picture courtesy of Herts Mavericks/Christian Trampenau/FTF Worldwide

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Super signing Joline Johansson (nee Henry) may have only been in the country for just over a week, but she is already starting to feel at home with the Herts Mavericks.

Prior to Saturday’s 60-39 opening Superleague win of the season over Celtic dragons, the Kiwi Commonwealth Games and Netball World Series gold medal winner had trained just twice with her new team-mates.

“I landed on Tuesday and went straight into training,” Johansson, who plays at centre, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times.

“Physically I felt a bit rusty out on court, still felt a little bit tired and a little bit behind, but if we can put 20 plus points on a team with people feeling that way it just goes to show the potential that this outfit has.

“It’s a very different environment to the New Zealand ANZ Champs, but the passion of the girls, the commitment to playing and the team is very common and it’s one of the big drivers of why you play; to be surrounded by likeminded people and do something that you love.

“I’m very proud to be associated with the Mavericks team, they have a great reputation and everything that I have experienced so far has definitely held up to that.

“I’m looking forward to the season.”

The 33-year-old revealed that the Mavericks head coach was a major factor in her moving 11,500 miles.

When asked how the decision to move from New Zealand to Hertfordshire came about, she said: “I was harassed by Sam Bird if I’m completely honest; persistence is one of the things she is great at.

“I, my husband and my son have made ourselves at home in Welwyn Garden City, our son is in daycare and we have coaching jobs, we are really fond of it already.

“There’s potential for us to reside here a little bit more permanently, but that’s after being here only a few days.”

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