Haier Pulse Boosted by Record Crowds   7 May 2012

The Haier Pulse’s promising showing on the court in the first six rounds of the ANZ Championship is being backed by a superb performance off the court, with attendances and memberships at an all-time high. Three of the first four home games have sold out and the average home crowd has risen from 1,445 in 2011 to an impressive 2,341 so far in 2012. The sold-out signs for the next home fixture against the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic went up a full two weeks prior to the game, whilst memberships have risen rapidly from 144 last year to the current figure of 320.

Haier Pulse Acting Chairman, Ian Collier, is delighted with the strength of support for the team and hopes this will help to bring some financial stability for the future. “There is no doubt that interest and support of the Haier Pulse has increased which is fantastic and very pleasing to see,” he explained. “This year we have been very conscious of involving the entire region that the Haier Pulse represents and the support for the games in Napier and Palmerston North shows that it is working. As many people know, it is very challenging to operate a sports franchise profitably, particularly on a sustainable basis. Sell-out crowds will definitely help us deliver an improved financial result this season.”

Collier firmly believes that the size and enthusiasm of the home crowds have been a major factor in the team’s performances so far this year. “There is nothing like the atmosphere you get in a full stadium and it is great to see how the team have responded to the fantastic support they are getting. Potential commercial partners will be pleased with what they are seeing and I am sure that most people will agree that the team are delivering on their promise to be stronger, better and faster.”

Head Coach Robyn Broughton agrees that the support is crucial to the team’s success. “Vocal home crowds lift the team. In my experience, it’s a huge lift and I’ve seen how crowds can win titles. It’s exciting and the girls thrive on it as they’re made to feel like stars out there. When Jols got that interception against the Mystics, the crowd just erupted. It’s wonderful to think that there’s so many people behind them.”

Broughton has also ensured that the players have kept their feet firmly on the ground, with the team making a large number of public appearances throughout the Haier Pulse’s region. “We have spent a good deal of time meeting the fans and coaching young players this year,” she said “All of that makes us accessible and I think the girls have done a good job in that respect. From my point of view, I always make myself available and the girls should always make sure that they are available too, as best they can without it becoming overwhelming. I do think it’s nice that there are familiar faces who come down after the games and say that they really enjoyed the fact that the girls are trying so hard. It’s a boost for me as a coach as well – coaches need a bit of reinforcement, just as much as the players do.”

As Collier is keen to point out, it’s very much a two-way street, with the fans desperate to show their support and the players keen to give them the recognition they deserve for that. “There is something very special about our fans as they have been and continue to be incredibly loyal,” he said. “We are totally committed to making the team accessible to their fans, whilst respecting the need to allow the players to concentrate on their training and performance on court. It's important to get that balance right. The players and coaches have been fantastic to work with and the feedback from fans and our sponsors has been very positive.”

The next assignment for the Haier Pulse is a home game against the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic on Monday 14th May at Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua, and this fixture is a complete sell-out.

Supporters looking to buy tickets for the Haier Pulse v Adelaide Thunderbirds game on 21st May at the TSB Arena, Wellington, are urged to book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available from www.ticketek.co.nz or by ringing 0800 TICKETEK (0800 842538).

As an added bonus, all Haier Pulse fans have the chance to watch the Thunderbirds game in style, with four premium seating tickets up for grabs in an exclusive Facebook competition. To enter, simply log on to www.facebook.com/Haier.Pulse, like the page and give a reason why you should be the lucky winner and you and your friends could have premium seats at the TSB Arena on 21st May.

Don’t forget you can keep up to date with all the latest news from the Haier Pulse on facebook.com/Haier.Pulse or twitter @HaierPulse. Match reports and statistics are also available from www.anz-championship.com

(Haier Pulse)

Add a comment

Bookmark and Share


PM welcomes closer partnership with ASEAN

22 Nov 2015 News
New Zealand Government Rt Hon John Key Prime Minister 22 November 2015   PM welcomes closer partnership with ASEAN Prime ... more

Submissions open for United Nations report

20 Nov 2015 News
Minister for Women Louise Upston welcomes public consultation on a draft report for the United Nations outlining New Zealand’s... more


Increased Canterbury quake costs pushed Tower into the red

20 Nov 2015 Business News By Paul McBeth
Nov. 20 (BusinessDesk) - Tower, the general insurer, says it will report an annual loss next week after raising its provisioning for... more

NZ inflation expectations drift further below 2% mid-point

17 Nov 2015 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk   NZ inflation expectations drift further below 2% mid-point Nov. 17 (BusinessDesk) - Longer term ... more


Awards recognise NZ recreation's top performers

20 Nov 2015 Lifestyle
New Zealand’s recreation industry recognised 10 inspiring individuals and organisations at the New Zealand Recreation ... more

Villa Maria Proves a Huge Hit

16 Nov 2015 Lifestyle
VILLA MARIA PROVES A HUGE HIT TO OPEN SOVEREIGN TRI SERIES The Sovereign Tri Series for 2015/16 is underway with today’s... more


Auckland house price growth slows in Oct as new rules bite

4 Nov 2015 Property By Tina Morrison
  Auckland house price growth moderates in October as new rules introduced Nov. 4 (BusinessDesk) - Auckland house price growth... more

Tenancy bond system moves online

1 Nov 2015 Property
New Zealand Government 1 November 2015 A new tenancy bond service goes online today as part of the Government’s programme of... more


New migrant service launched for New Zealand and Australia

12 Oct 2015 Migration
Those looking for a sense of security when immigrating to New Zealand or Australia, need look no futher than the first inusrance... more

NZ's annual net migration reaches record 60,300 in August

21 Sep 2015 Migration
  NZ's annual net migration reaches record 60,300 in August on Indian, Chinese students By Jonathan Underhill Sept. 21... more


Australia's cloud passports only "conceptual" for now: DIA

29 Oct 2015 Travel & Tourism By Fiona Rotherham
Internal Affairs says Australia's cloud passports only "conceptual" for now   Oct. 29 (BusinessDesk) - The Department of... more

Auckland Airport a 'conductor' for New Zealand tourism: CEO

22 Oct 2015 Travel & Tourism By Fiona Rotherham
  Auckland Airport a 'conductor' for New Zealand tourism, CEO Littlewood says Oct. 22 (BusinessDesk) - Auckland International... more


Richie McCaw retires from rugby

19 Nov 2015 Sport
New Zealand Rugby Union Richie McCaw retires from rugby Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boot... more

Burling and Tuke on top at the mid-way mark

19 Nov 2015 Sailing
Yachting New Zealand Burling and Tuke on top at the mid-way mark at 49er World Champs Peter Burling and Blair Tuke have taken the... more


Gordon Campbell on why IS’s weakness makes it more dangerous

20 Nov 2015 Opinion By Gordon Campbell
Gordon Campbell on why Islamic State’s growing weakness makes it more dangerous One of the great things about writing online... more

Gordon Campbell on Islam and the Paris attacks

17 Nov 2015 Opinion By Gordon Campbell
According to polls, a third of Republican voters in Iowa want Islam to be criminalized. Unfortunately, the c... more

Kiwi Success

Cavalier promotes CFO Paul Alston to top job

20 Nov 2015 Appointments
Article - BusinessDesk   Cavalier promotes CFO Paul Alston to top job By Paul McBeth Nov. 20 (BusinessDesk) - Cavalier Corp, the... more

Employment Court Judge appointed

20 Nov 2015 Appointments
New Zealand Government Hon Christopher FinlaysonAttorney-General 20 November 2015 Kerry Smith, barrister and solicitor of... more


UPDATE: Weaker employment adds to rate-cut case

4 Nov 2015 Recruitment By Johnathan Underhill
Article - BusinessDesk   UPDATE: NZ employment falls in third quarter, adding to case for further RBNZ rate cut (Recasts to... more

Unemployment rises 0.1 per cent

4 Nov 2015 Recruitment
The latest Household Labour Force Survey (HLFS) has reflected the softening of the economy in the first half of the year, with an... more