Mikaere gets invite to Silver Ferns pre-Christmas camp

By Ruth Smith, Tamati Tiananga
Mikaere with Sunshine Coast Lightning player Kelsey Browne

Northern Mystics latest recruit, defender Erena Mikaere invited to the Silver Ferns pre-Christmas camp from 10 - 14 December in Auckland.

“When I got an email from Noeline, I was standing in the hallway with my dad - Kereti Mikaere. I just looked down and I looked back up at him, I said I have to be ready for camp, he said what camp, I said the ferns camp and he just buzzed out" 

Silver Ferns head coach Noeline Taurua has welcomed Erena Mikaere to join their camp in December as Taurua continues her build-up to next year’s Netball World Cup in England.

Mikaere recently returned to New Zealand after signing with Northern Mystics for the 2019 ANZ championship season.  

Taurua has invited 25 players to next month’s Silver Ferns camp, with the 12 players to travel to Liverpool and London for the Netball Quad Series will be named on Friday, 14 December.

“It’s a fine balancing act and very important for the growth of our sport and to the Silver Ferns success.  We need to provide as many opportunities to players and coaches so that we keep our options open, create internal competition, and ultimately raise the quality and standard of our game.”

Mikaere was a part of Taurua's Sunshine Coast Lightning side that secured their second straight super netball title after notching a 62-59 win over West Coast Fever in the grand final at Perth Arena earlier this year.

Pre-Christmas training camp attendees:

Karin Burger
Gina Crampton
Aliyah Dunn
Ameliaranne Ekenasio
*Temalisi Fakahokotau (still in rehab after ACL surgery)
Maria Folau
Katrina Grant
Kelly Jury
Casey Kopua
Laura Langman
Bailey Mes
Te Paea Selby-Rickit
Samantha Sinclair
Michaela Sokolich-Beatson
Elisapeta Toeava
Jane Watson
Maia Wilson

Sulu Fitzpatrick
Erikana Pedersen
Whitney Souness
Shannon Francois
Claire Kersten
Kimiora Poi
Erena Mikaere
Monica Falkner