Te Wānanga o Raukawa Central Pulse wing defence Karin Burger and her 18-year-old teammate, shooter Aliyah Dunn are two of three uncapped players named today by Netball New Zealand for the 2018/19 Silver Ferns squad
SKYCITY Mystics wing attack Elisapeta Toeava is the other new player in the 17-strong squad, which features the return to the Ferns of former captain Casey Kopua and experienced mid-courter Laura Langman.
Langman last wore the black dress in October 2016, while Kopua, who captained the Waikato-BOP Magic in the ANZ Premiership, stepped away from the international game in 2015.
Their return is believed to be tied to the forthcoming appointment of a new Silver Ferns head coach, widely expected to be Noeline Taurua.
The team also includes Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse players Ameliaranne Ekenasio and captain Katrina Grant, the ANZ Premiership player of the year.
The Silver Ferns open their international season on September 15 against the English Roses in the Netball Quad Series at Spark Arena in Auckland, and will be looking to next July’s Netball World Cup in Liverpool, UK.
2018/19 SILVER FERNS SQUAD
Karin Burger – Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse
Gina Crampton – Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel
Aliyah Dunn – Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse
Ameliaranne Ekenasio – Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse
Temalisi Fakahokotau – Silvermoon Tactix
Maria Folau – SKYCITY Mystics
Katrina Grant – Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse
Kelly Jury – Waikato-BOP Magic
Casey Kopua – Waikato-BOP Magic
Bailey Mes – SKYCITY Mystics
Te Paea Selby-Rickit – Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel
Sam Sinclair – Waikato-BOP Magic
Michaela Sokolich-Beatson – SKYCITY Mystics
Elisapeta Toeava – SKYCITY Mystics
Jane Watson – Silvermoon Tactix
Maia Wilson – Northern Stars