Maria Tutaia

One of the most skilled long-range shooters in the world, Maria Tutaia continues to thrill audiences with her deadly accuracy and elegant shooting style.

One year after her selection in the NZU21 side a decade ago, the team went on to win the 2005 World Youth Championships with Tutaia showing the poise and focus of a much older player. Tutaia was rewarded, making her on-court debut for the Silver Ferns during their tour of Jamaica just a few months later.

In 2006, Tutaia won a Commonwealth Games gold medal as part of the New Zealand team at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and again in 2010, landing the winning goal in the double extra-time gold medal match against rivals Australia.

After two seasons with ANZ Championship side Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic, Tutaia moved to Auckland where she is captain of the Northern Mystics and paired with Cathrine Latu in the attacking circle the duo are a formidable shooting force.

Tutaia has made headlines at the FAST5 Netball World Series in Auckland over the past two years with incredible displays of shooting long range goals under pressure for the FAST5 Ferns. With three different shooting ranges, the format of the game plays to Tutaia’s strengths with her ability to sink shots from anywhere in the goal circle.

Now a senior member of the Silver Ferns side, Tutaia is fast closing in on 100 test caps for the Silver Ferns, the 27-year old now on track to reach the milestone in 2015.

 

PERSONAL
Born 18 February 1987, Tokoroa
Court Positions GA, GS
Height 1.88m
Test Caps 89

50th Test Match: vs Barbados - playing at Goal Attack,
Commonwealth Games, Dehli, India
10 October 2010
Fastnet Caps 12
FAST5 Ferns Caps 14
Occupation Fashion
PLAYING HISTORY
National Squads

Silver Ferns Squad: 2005-2014
Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist: 2006, 2010
Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist 2014
NZU21: 2004-2005
World Youth Championship Gold Medallist: 2005
World Netball Series Gold Medallist: 2009
FAST5 Netball World Series Gold Medallist: 2012, 2013

FastNet Ferns: 2009, 2011
World Championships 2007

Silver Ferns Debut 13 November 2005 vs Jamaica, at Goal Attack
The Arena, Kingston, Jamaica
Jamaican Tri-Series
Provincial ANZ Championship: Northern Mystics, 2010 - 2014
Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic, 2008-2009
National Bank Cup: Diamonds, 2005-2007