Vulcans, Auckland Club Talent Dominate Kiwi Ferns Squad
Fifteen players from Auckland’s Farrelly Photos Women's Competitions, including Auckland Vulcans stars Shannon Muru and Lavinia Tauhalaliku, have been selected in the Kiwi Ferns squad to take on Fetu Samoa Invitational this Saturday at Mount Smart Stadium.
Mt Albert's Muru and Ponsonby's Tauhalaliku are both in line to make their first appearance for New Zealand, earning spots in the squad after helping the Vulcans qualify through to the National Championship Grand Final.
They'll be joined in the squad by fellow Auckland debutantes Christyl Stowers (Manurewa), Kararaina Wira-Kohu (Papakura), Karli Hansen (Te Atatu), Kere Matua (Manurewa), Harata Butler (Papakura), Katelyn Vaha'akolo (Te Atatu) and Sharliz White (Glenora).
There's an Auckland link to another of the new faces too, with the Waikato's Mya Terehia Hill-Moana having been part of the Taniwharau side which won the Auckland U18 competition in 2019.
Previous Auckland Women's Player of the Year winners Amber Kani and Krystal Rota are also included, along with experienced local campaigners Charlotte Scanlan (Richmond), Crystal Tamarua (Richmond), Juliana Newman (Mt Albert) and Maitua Feterika (Otahuhu).
The Kiwi Ferns will be coached by former Auckland Vulcans Men's coach Ricky Henry, who spent this year assisting Richmond in the SAS Fox Memorial Premiership.
Glenora | Sharliz White
Manurewa | Amber Kani, Christyl Stowers, Kere Matua, Krystal Rota
Richmond | Charlotte Scanlan, Crystal Tamarua
Mt Albert | Juliana Newman, Shannon Muru
Otahuhu | Maitua Feterika
Papakura | Harata Butler, Kararina Wira-Kohu
Ponsonby | Lavinia Tauhalaliku
Te Atatu | Karli Hansen, Katelyn Vaha’akolo
Non-Auckland squad members: Autumn Stephens, Honey Hireme-Smiler, Kanyon Paul, Mya Terehia Hill-Moana