With a wealth of experience under her belt, long-limbed defender Erena Mikaera will line up for the Magic again in 2023 after completing an eventful journey home in 2020. From Rotorua, the well-travelled Mikaere was a member of the history-making Magic team which won the former trans-Tasman competition in 2012. That was followed by stints with the Steel and four years in Australia (West Coast Fever and Sunshine Coast Lightning). Mikaere returned to New Zealand in 2019 to play for the Mystics. Standing at 1.92m, Mikaere’s wing span and athleticism offer a menacing presence at the defensive end while she also adds the vital ingredient of experience after being part of a winning culture on three occasions during her career – Magic and twice with the Lightning, in 2017 and 2018.