Cullen and Karaka out to regain Lion Foundation title for Auckland

By Rahia Timutimu

2009 was the last time Auckland won the overall trophy at the Lion Foundation Netball Champs.

This year they're wanting to win the trophy overall with the help of Māori players and current Silver Ferns, Kayla Cullen and Phoenix Karaka.

Star defender Phoenix Karaka (Tainui) was one player to watch today at the Lion Foundation Netball Champs today.

The new Silver Fern showing she still enjoys playing at provincial level.

The 21-year-old isn't the only Silver Fern in the Auckland side; Kayla Cullen (Ngāpuhi) is also in the side wanting to win the competition for Auckland.

The girls were key players in today's match against Thames Valley.

Auckland easily won but they know there's other tough teams in the line-up.

Their next game is against North Harbour tonight.