The recalled Silver Ferns and two debutants are part of the squad that will travel to England next month to face Australia, South Africa and the Netball Quad Series hosts in London from January 16-20.
Coach Dame Noeline Taurua has named a squad of 14 for the Silver Ferns’ first overseas trip in two years as their Commonwealth Games campaign begins.
Defenders Phoenix Karaka and Kayla Johnson, both returning to the game after becoming moms for the first time, are set to wear the black dress again while Mystics ANZ Premiership-winning shooter Filda Vui and versatile Stars midfielder Mila Reuelu-Buchanan were bred to silver ferns for the first time.
Taurua said all four players have played at the Ferns’ three-day trial camp in Wellington this week, bringing a lot of energy to the environment and well deserving of their place on the touring squad.
âWe have our eyes on the Commonwealth Games and with just seven months to go we cannot underestimate the importance of this Netball Quad series. We have the opportunity to play against three other world class teams and build on what we have already achieved. year, âshe said.
“It might also be the only chance we have to work on some of the logistics related to overseas travel and what our athletes will be facing in regards to the Commonwealth Games in July, we so we have to make sure that we take all the learning both on and off the pitch. “
Taurua said it was encouraging to see the progress of a number of players during the three-day camp, including the return of Karaka and Johnson to the Silver Ferns environment.
“It hasn’t been an easy road for either one, but that determination, that experience and that desire to wear the Silver Fern stood out this week.”
She said Vui took a fearless approach on the pitch and her rise through the ranks was the reward for her resilience and the tough yards she had taken this season, while Reuelu-Buchanan had been on the sidelines for a number of years. years and its versatility through the midcourt added something different to the fern mix.
âBoth Filda and Mila really got their hands on the squad with the energy and explosive play they delivered this weekâ¦ I’m really excited to see how they fare against world-class opponents.â
Midfielder Maddy Gordon has been left out with a minor knee injury and will follow a managed schedule to return to the field.
The travel group also includes Te Aroha Keenan who has been named the Silver Ferns Tour Assistant Coach for the Netball Quad Series, current Silver Ferns Assistant Coach Deb Fuller was unavailable for the Northern Tour.
The four nations will face each other once before the final classification which will be decided with a third and fourth qualifying round and a final.
Silver Ferns – Quad Series Netball Team
Gina Crampton (captain)