Returning to her home city of Auckland and the Mystics in 2018, athletic defender Phoenix Karaka was handed the captaincy in 2019 and thrived with the extra responsibility.
Delivering an outstanding season earned Karaka an international recall and a spot in the Silver Ferns Netball World Cup winning team. A member of the 2013 NZU21 gold medal-winning World Youth Cup team, Karaka made her debut for the Silver Ferns in 2014. Comfortable playing both in-circle defensive positions, Karaka has a strong all-round skill set with her movement, ball handling and ability in the air. Showing her versatility, athleticism and adaptability, Karaka was a key component in the midcourt for the FAST5 Ferns winning exploits during the 2016 FAST5 World Series.