Early history in the ANZ Championship
When Central Pulse were created in 2007, it was effectively a combination of two former National Bank Cup teams, Western Flyers and Capital Shakers. The Central Pulse were a founding member of the now-defunct ANZ Championship in 2007.
Central Pulse began their history in the ANZ Championship’s inaugural 2008 season, led by head coach Kate Carpenter. Pulse were the home team in the first ever ANZ Championship match, losing 33-50 to the Melbourne Vixens. This first loss was emblematic of Pulse’s entire first season, as the team failed to win a single match, finishing in 10th place with 12 losses and one draw.
Their fortunes would improve in their second and third seasons, but only marginally, as Central Pulse only won one game in each season. In fact, their fortunes hardly improved at all. Throughout their nine-year tenure in the ANZ Championship, Pulse only had two seasons with winning records, going 8-5 in 2013 and 7-6 in 2014, achieving 5th and 6th place respectively. It wasn’t until the ANZ Premiership replaced the ANZ Championship that Central Pulse’s fortunes truly began to improve.