Taking time out for the birth of her first child last season, athletic defender Phoenix Karaka will return fulltime to the Mystics in 2022. At the peak of her powers when embracing the captaincy in 2019-20 and thriving with the extra responsibility, Karaka delivered an outstanding return in 2019 to earn an international recall and a spot in the Silver Ferns Netball World Cup winning team. Karaka has an impressive pedigree, including being a member of the 2013 NZU21 gold medal-winning World Youth Cup team. 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, Karaka was a key component in the midcourt for the FAST5 Ferns winning exploits during the 2016 FAST5 World Series.