PREVIOUSLY PLAYED WITH: West Coast Fever
PLACE OF BIRTH: New Zealand
Rotorua's Erena Mikaere arrived at Lightning HQ having already tasted premiership glory with Waikato Bay Of Plenty in the former Trans-Tasman league.
Under the guidance of Noeline Taurua, the 192cm defender honed her skills at Magic for three seasons before departing the Club for stints at Southern Steel and West Coast Fever.
The mother of one was lured to Queensland by her former mentor, Taurua to help establish the foundation Club and add some much needed height and pugnacity in the defensive third.
In her seventh year as a professional netballer, Mikaere developed her game at both Goal Keeper and Goal Defence alongside Captain, Geva Mentor.
The pair, along with South African Karla Mostert, were instrumental in lifting Lightning to number one in the defensive rankings for the 2017 Super Netball season. The Coast Club conceded the fewest number of goals of any side in the regular season (726) and Mikaere's relentless pressure in the circle made life tough for the competition's shooters.
The 28-year-old still harbours a desire to represent the Silver Ferns having previously played for New Zealand's 21/U team.
Mikaere is a qualified primary school teacher.