Following stints with the Pulse and Steel, athletic defender Phoenix Karaka returned to her home city of Auckland and the Mystics in 2018.
A member of the 2013 NZU21 gold medal-winning World Youth Cup team, Karaka went on to 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. An experienced player, Karaka will be a leader in the Mystics defensive end this year.