The Silver Ferns now have two Cadbury Series to work towards - the four-day competition against the NZ Men, New Zealand A and U21 sides in Palmerston North at the end of October; and four days later, the three-test series for the Taini Jamison Trophy against the England Roses in Hamilton. And the lashing continued after coach Rosalee Jencke's written explanation for the snub. "It's weird because there are girls coming through now and they're 20, and I'm only 22," she says. This season's Stars import, Trinidad and Tobago defender Daystar Swift, really bought into the team's diverse culture, Wilson says. Netball New Zealand is waiting on the government to give the green light for the Diamonds to travel to New Zealand. I do things different to Maria – and to Ameliaranne, Bailey [Mes] and Te Paea [Selby-Rickit]. When Maia was on court, the shooting volume went up.". "I know I'm fit enough, and it's just being smart about how I use my body, being efficient and knowing that I can do it.". I think it's special to remember that no matter where I go in netball, he's still with me. Then she screens Williams away the next play and Ekenasio holds off Quashi. I guess we still haven’t got this fully right! "Because she's fitter now, she's able to change her positioning if the defenders change on her. And that's the positive messaging I feel we need for our country and our communities," she says. Maia came on as goal shoot in the final minutes of the second Test against Jamaica in the New World Netball Series for the Taini Jamison Trophy. "We learned what we thought were the basics, but they were beyond basics at that age group. Wilson, who has worked her way into New Zealand's No.1 goal shoot spot, realises the importance of being a role model to young Māori and Pasifika women. She missed out on selection for the triumphant World Cup side to players more versatile. Shooters like Ellie Bird, Jen O'Connell, Aliyah Dunn and Grace Nweke. The report's author, Elizabeth Lotoa, found the growing contribution of Māori and Pacific people has "changed the cultural landscape of netball in New Zealand". Pulse's Maddy Gordon wearing her side's alternate dress bearing a puhoro design. Photo: PHOTOSPORT. England had earned a 25-23 lead, but slipped to a seven-goal loss with captain Guthrie ending the game on crutches By Ben Bloom 30 October 2020 • 10:58am Maia Wilson prepares a … "I've loved being able to be part of really shaping and influencing a franchise…incorporating all cultures and embracing everyone's differences. When Mystics defender Sulu Fitzpatrick played her 100th league match, against the Stars, her rivals performed a siva and pese (Samoan dance and song) for her after the game. She turns up to a Silver Ferns promo shoot with her poi, and although she admits she may not yet be fluent in te reo Māori, she can speak it and understand it. Maia Wilson in her switch to goal attack for the All Stars team against Fiji in the Cadbury Netball Series in June. But we need to be kept accountable," she says. I was 18, and living away from home with the Pulse," she says. And she's not alone. Since Naoupu, a former Silver Ferns squad member, played for Samoa at the 2015 World Cup, she's been unable to play as a New Zealand eligible player until this year. Maia is still dangerous in front of the net with her height, reach & physicality. That's something special that we have," she explains. In her first year out of college she went straight to the Central Pulse – the double international turning down a lucrative basketball scholarship at the University of Idaho. Netball: New Zealand Men too good for Silver Ferns ... the Ferns suffered a 60-47 loss to the New Zealand Men. Maia Wilson is being tipped as the next Maria Folau in the Silver Ferns shooting circle. 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Over the course of the season, she lifted her game to such a high level that come finals time, she was an indispensable and integral part of the premiership-winning team at goal shooter. -This story originally appeared on the Newsroom website and was republished with permission. This story was originally published on Lockerroom.co.nz and is republished with permission. "The decision not to put Jemma on the court was the right one from a game strategy perspective," Jencke was quoted. After Stage 3, England will need miracles if they were to upset the Silver Ferns. "I don't have an older head at goal attack with me anymore, so that also gives me the opportunity to lead.". "Everything is bigger than the game. Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua has made three changes to her team with captain Laura Langman and Katrina Rore to miss the Nations Cup in England next month. Netball Australia launched the review on how to improve the future and prospect of the game in a post Covid-19 world before releasing eight recommendations on Thursday. Netball will take a backseat soon for Maia, with NCEA exams coming up. "Netball has some amazing women who are role models to our kids and the next generation - many of them in situations where they probably don't believe they can get to where we are. Even as Australian netball's indigenous round comes under fire, Silver Fern Maia Wilson believes a celebration of our diverse netball culture would be a good thing. She's always been big and strong and able to hold good angles. But there's a big difference between the two shooting roles, and to master both is kind of an art. But she knows there's still a lot more that can be done, especially through the country's premier league, the ANZ Premiership. "But at that point I was very apprehensive. Shooter Maia Wilson (Te Rarawa, Te Waiōhua) was the hero for the Northern Stars last night in Invercargill, as they upset the Southern Steel 56-53 in the ANZ Netball Premiership elimination final. Dame Noeline said there was … But not for long. Shooter Maia Wilson drilled 36 of her 39 attempts in a player-of-the-match effort. ... Maia Wilson’s call for whakapapa netball round Maia Wilson wants an indigenous round in NZ’s netball showcase. "What resonates most strongly is a recognition of all cultures of people involved in our sport," she says. Flatting with fellow Pulse youngsters Kate Wells and Blaze Leslie, Wilson has also taken on some part-time university study, with the view to creating a more balanced life and time away from netball. "I love going out to my community in south Auckland for the Stars and for some of the girls to be like, 'I can be a Silver Fern one day, or a Northern Star or a Black Fern'. One distressing knee injury after another would be enough to crush most young athletes, but not aspiring netball and sevens star Ainsleyana Puleiata. We pay for it when our people search to fill a void in their life that comes from a loss of belonging, a loss of sovereignty, a loss of mana and that turns into alcohol and drug addictions and overpopulated prisons. They played some tight netball. While Wills would like to claim some of the credit in Wilson's growth in the past year, she says it's all come down to the young shooter's personal work. "I’ve enjoyed the move down to Wellington,’’ she said. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES. The team try to learn a song, a game or words from the languages of other cultures represented in the team. Wilson also felt the presence of her late dad, Joe, who passed away suddenly from a brain tumour in 2016. Wilson - who's studying for a degree in communications off the court - thrived on the relaxed culture in the Silver Ferns. Taurua immediately asked Wilson: "Are you sitting down?" Albertian Maia Wilson become a dual international at the age of 18 when she debuted for the Silver Ferns on Wednesday, 14 September. They will need to overcome the defensive pair of Jane Watson & Sulu Fitzpatrick. "However, we misread community expectations and the significance of Jemma's court time in the game in this round.". England head coach Jess Thirlby said it was "the one that got away" after they missed out on the Netball Nations Cup final with a 70-66 loss to Jamaica. "I'd love everyone to be a part of that.". Taurua was happy too, telling Stuff during the series that Wilson had done the hard graft and was "physically a beast out there". "Right now, on the New Zealand netball scene, we've got some really young tall goal shoots coming through." On this side of the Tasman, Wilson admits she was shocked by the initial treatment of Mi Mi. "She'd never been in the crowd when I'd got on for the Silver Ferns for a decent amount of time. Maia Wilson’s call for whakapapa netball round Even as Australian netball's indigenous round comes under fire, Silver Fern Maia Wilson believes a celebration of our diverse netball culture would be a good thing. It also means we could see Wilson in the GA bib for the Northern Stars in this season's ANZ Premiership, which starts in a month. England's biggest netball stars will be missing from the side that meets the Silver Ferns late next month for the first international Tests since Covid-19 disrupted the sport. Wilson has always had a maturity beyond her years - something instilled in her at high school, playing for Mt Albert Grammar School during their four-year domination of national secondary school netball (2012-15), under the guidance of former Silver Ferns shooter Te Aroha Keenan. "I actually realised it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be," Wilson admits of the GA role. Rebounding from a shock loss a week ago, Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse have powered their way directly into the ANZ Premiership Grand Final with a storming 68-42 victory over the Northern Stars in Wellington tonight.. ... Maia Wilson 32/40 (80%) Charlee Hodges 7/12 (58%) That adaptability - teamed with the dogged work she put in on both her fitness and mental strength - rocketed Wilson into the starting line-up of the new-look Silver Ferns side who won last month's Nations Cup in England. And that's a motivation and inspiration to play for him.". In fact, she's become one of the most accurate shooters in the country. The trigger was the Queensland Firebirds' decision not to play Jemma Mi Mi - the only indigenous player in Australia's Super Netball league for the past two seasons - during their game in the annual indigenous round just over a week ago. "That really shook me to be honest, being an indigenous woman," Wilson says. It's meant she's been able to train in the gym and the ASB Sports Centre with seven other Silver Ferns and development squad members based in the capital. "She loved learning our Māori waiata, and she loved the ula lole - Samoan lolly leis - and promised to make them for prizes and gifts when she got back home. "I know I don't have to open my mouth to be a leader. "A New Zealand indigenous round could be really beneficial," she says. Jamaica committed 30 turnovers during the match to New Zealand’s 21 and like the first time they met in the competition, Jamaica committed 58 penalty contacts to New Zealand’s 26. Maia Wilson takes the ball for the Stars on challenge from the Mystics' Phoenix Karaka in an ANZ Premiership match last July. Maia Wilson wants to see an indigenous round in New Zealand's netball showcase. READ MORE: * Noeline Taurua's four-year plan for Silver Ferns * A Silver Ferns star is born * Five issues the world champions must address * Silver Ferns wins NZ sports ultimate prize, "I absolutely freaked," Wilson says. If you know where you come from, it helps you know where you're heading. If an option gets taken away, she can very quickly offer something else. From gymnastics; to hockey, to canoeing, to football, hardly a week goes by without an allegation of female athletes being mistreated, writes Hamish Bidwell. Maia Wilson is being tipped as the next Maria Folau in the Silver Ferns shooting circle. When the phone rang, Maia Wilson was sure the caller had the wrong number. "I'm just really grateful for the opportunity [in England], but I know that just because it happened, it doesn't guarantee I will still be there. ... Karin Burger, C - Shannon Saunders, WA - Gina Crampton, GA - Ameliaranne Ekenasio, GS Maia Wilson. The Firebirds were lambasted across social media channels for leaving Mi Mi, a proud woman of Queensland's Wakka Wakka tribe, on the bench - even after she'd featured strongly in the promotion of the round. The 22-year-old, of Te Rarawa and Te Waiohua descent, embraces her Māori heritage. Silver Ferns shooter Maia Wilson is keen to see an indigenous round in New Zealand's premiership netball competition. I know I have a voice, and I can use it, but one thing I'm going to do now is to sit back, watch a bit more and let everyone else find their voice.". "Maria is amazing, she always was, and she's paved a great pathway for someone like me," says Wilson. I'm very mindful of that. The 2020 Super Netball competition began with Mwai Kumwenda sharing court time with Melbourne Vixens’ other two shooters, Caitlin Thwaites and Tegan Philip. And Netball New Zealand agrees with Wilson. ", Maia Wilson playing for the Northern Stars. "Noels put in the standards, and Maia's been determined to meet them. Wilson at goal attack will be a handful for the opposition, she predicts. Stars coach Kiri Wills says Wilson gives her a "really interesting" option in the Star's fresh shooting circle. "It's most likely none of us have been at that level of intensity this season - there is a big gap between ANZ and international level. A founding member of the new Northern Stars in 2017, Wilson is now part of the team's senior leadership group. The way I see it, the game is a vehicle. Then the New Zealand coach of the year told the talented young shooter: "You're going to be playing goal attack". 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While Australia has had an indigenous round in their national league for the last three seasons, recognising the nation's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage, the latest round has sparked a massive public furore. All three combinations are so different, Wills says: "And I'm one of those coaches who like to play those games." Inclusion is one of the most empowering things. "The Mystics and the Pulse have incorporated Māori culture visibly in their dress designs, and the Tactix have done a little of that too and want to do more by looking at including all of the heritage of that region," she says. Maia Wilson scored 44 of 47 attempts for New Zealand, who were a cut above Jamaica for the second half of the match. Dame Noeline Taurua was on the other end of the line, but that wasn't the bombshell - Wilson had been a regular in the Silver Ferns environment for a few years. The Super City derby between the Northern Mystics and Northern Stars sets Round 6 of netball’s ANZ Premiership alight on Friday night. And I just say: 'You can, you just have to work hard'. The defending champions Central Pulse showed no signs of rust as they restarted their ANZ Premiership title defence with a dominant 63-39 victory over last year's runners-up Northern Stars. I feel proud we were able to make a difference to her life," she says. Wilson is proud of what she's done as a foundation member of the Northern Stars franchise. Mum is one of the Stars' No.1 supporters - she gets the crowd going.". For the past three seasons, the Pulse have had the puhoro pattern on their alternate strip - the tightness of the black pattern representing teamwork. But we're all just looking forward to being able to play, when it was looking very doubtful at times this year.". "But knowing that I get to carry his name is massive for me; I still get to wave his flag wherever I go.". 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