NWC2019 Team

Meet the Silver Ferns NWC2019 Team!

Phoenix Karaka

Phoenix Karaka


Last playing for the Silver Ferns in early 2018, athletic defender Phoenix Karaka has made a triumphant return to earn her place in the team for the 2019 Netball World Cup.

Relishing the captaincy duties with the Mystics during 2019, Karaka led from the front to return a consistently high standard of performance throughout the season. A menace with her long reach and athletic ability, the rangy defender took her game to new levels in an inspiring season.

Having played for the Steel and Pulse before returning home to Auckland and the Mystics, experience is paying dividends for Karaka who made her Silver Ferns debut in 2014. Able to move comfortably between the two in-circle defensive positions, Karaka has a strong all-round skill set with her movement and ball handling ability.

Karaka has developed into a classy defender with her athleticism, tight marking, ability in the air and sense of awareness for the intercept.

Showing her versatility, athleticism and ability to adapt, Karaka was a key component in the midcourt for the FAST5 Ferns winning exploits during the 2016 FAST5 World Series.

Rising through the NZU21 and NZSS teams, Karaka has built on a strong pedigree after being part of the 2013 World Youth Cup winning team while also being a member of the Silver Ferns at the 2015 World Cup.

Player # 155
Positions GK, GD
DOB 06/11/1993
Height 186cm
Test Caps 24
Debut 20/01/2014
vs England Roses

National Squads

  • Silver Ferns Squad: 2004-2014
  • Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist: 2006, 2010
  • Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist: 2014
  • World Netball Series Gold Medallist: 2009
  • FAST5 Netball World Series Gold Medallist: 2013
  • World Netball Championship Silver Medallist: 2007, 2011
  • New Zealand A: 2004
  • New Zealand U21: 2003-2005
  • World Youth Netball Championship Gold Medallist: 2005
  • NZA: 2004

Silver Ferns Debut

  • 14 November 2005: vs Barbados, at Goal Defence and Goal Keeper
  • The Arena, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Jamaican Tri-Series

Silver Ferns Milestones

  • 50th Test Match: vs Cook Islands playing Goal Defence,
  • 5 October 2010
  • Commonwealth Games
  • Dehli, India


  • ANZ Championship: Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic, 2008-2011
  • National Bank Cup: Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic, 2003-2007