Northern Stars

The Northern Stars are a New Zealand netball team based in Manukau that, since 2017, has competed in the new ANZ Premiership New Zealand Netball competition. The franchise was formed in 2016 as the sixth team to compete in the ANZ Premiership following the announcement that the trans-Tasman ANZ Championship competition would be retired following the 2016 season. The Stars joined the five already-established New Zealand franchises of the ANZ Championship, representing the areas of South and East Auckland. Home games in the ANZ Premiership are usually played at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, with their training base being located at the High Wire Trust gymnasium in Papakura.

Northern Stars
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Franchise information
Years active2017–present
Based inManukau, New Zealand
RegionAuckland Region
Main venueVodafone Events Centre
Head coachKiri Wills
Asst coachTemepara Bailey
ANZ Championship (2008-2016)
Titles wonNone
ANZ Premiership (2017-present)
Titles wonNone



The ANZ Premiership was founded in 2016 as the new elite domestic netball competition in New Zealand. It replaced the trans-Tasman ANZ Championship competition,[1] which was competed between five New Zealand teams and five Australian teams. For the new competition, the Northern Stars were formed as a sixth team to compete in the new competition against the five existing New Zealand teams, the Northern Mystics, the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, the Central Pulse, the Mainland Tactix, and the Southern Steel.

In May 2016, it was announced that the new Northern team to join the competition would be from the 'greater Auckland area'.[1] It was later confirmed in October that the name of the team would be the 'Northern Stars', based in the South Auckland area. Their training base is located at the new High Wire Trust gymnasium in Papakura, and home stadium at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau.

Former England and Fiji coach Julie Hoornweg was named as the head coach of the team in August 2016,[2] who has also had experience in the ANZ Championship as the coach of the Melbourne Vixens from the establishment of the competition in 2008 until her resignation in 2012. She is joined by former Silver Ferns and Northern Mystics midcourter Temepara Bailey as assistant coach, who was part of the Silver Ferns 2003 World Netball Championships winning squad and Netball at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

2017: Inaugural seasonEdit

For the new competition, teams sign ten players before the season, with up to one player being 'imported' from overseas. In 2017, the Stars will be headlined by Silver Fern and former Mystics player Kayla Cullen, whose "versatility and experience means Kayla will have a significant leadership role in the Stars inaugural season."[3] Leana de Bruin, a former Silver Fern and Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic defender also joins the new team, along with 19-year-old 2016 Silver Ferns debutant Maia Wilson. The import spot will be filled by Fijian netballer Afa Rusivakula.[4]


2020 teamEdit

2020 Northern Stars roster
Players Coaching staff
Nat. Name Position(s) DoB Height
  Maia Wilson GS 21 September 1997 1.875 m (6 ft 2 in)
  Kate Burley GD, GK 23 April 1997 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
  Storm Purvis GD, GK 20 April 1993 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
  Mila Reuelu-Buchanan C, WA 11 May 1998 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
  Grace Kara C, WA, GA 18 March 1988 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
  Fa’amu Ioane C, WD 11 March 1996 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
  Jamie Hume GS,GA 22 March 1996 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
  Lisa Mather C, WA, WD 4 July 1999 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
  Julianna Naoupu GS, GA 1 March 1990 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
  Daystar Swift GK, GD 7 December 1991 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach

  • (c) – Captain
  • (cc) – Co-captain
  • (vc) – Vice-captain
  •   – Injury / maternity leave
  • (TRP) – Temporary Replacement Player
Player profiles: Team website Last updated: 1 July 2019

Competitive recordEdit

ANZ PremiershipEdit

Season Regular season Finals Head coach
Standings W L BP
Northern Stars
2017 5th 4 11 1 Did not qualify Julie Hoornweg
2018 6th 4 11 5 Did not qualify Kiri Wills
2019 3rd 6 9 3 Won Elimination final (Steel, 53–56)
Lost Grand final (Pulse, 52–48)
Kiri Wills
Regular seasons total 14 31 9 0 Minor Premierships
Finals total 1 1 0 ANZ Premiership titles


  1. ^ a b "Netball: End of ANZ Championship confirmed, new competition revealed – Sport – NZ Herald News". The New Zealand Herald. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Australian Julie Hoornweg named coach of new Auckland-based team". 2 August 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Northern Stars – Team". 13 February 1992. Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  4. ^ "New Zealand's newest netball franchise revealed – Sport – NZ Herald News". The New Zealand Herald. 26 October 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2017.

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