Liana Leota

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Liana Leota
Personal information
Born (1984-10-31) 31 October 1984 (age 37)
Taihape, New Zealand
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Spouse Johnny Leota
Netball career
Playing position(s): C, WA
YearsClub team(s)Apps
2003–05 Western Flyers
2006 Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic
2007 Southern Sting
2008–2011 Southern Steel 41
2012-2015 Central Pulse
2016 Manchester Thunder
YearsNational team(s)Caps
2003–2004 New Zealand U21
2005 New Zealand A
2008–2015Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 22
Last updated: 13 June 2011

Liana Leota (née Barrett-Chase; born 31 October 1984) is a New Zealand netball player. She is a member of the national netball team, the Silver Ferns, and plays for Severn Stars in the British Netball Superleague.

Leota was a member of the Southern Sting in 2007, which won the National Bank Cup that year. She also played for the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic in 2006 and the Western Flyers from 2003–2005. She continued playing in Invercargill with the Southern Steel in the new ANZ Championship, which started in 2008. That same year, Leota debuted in the Silver Ferns against Australia. [1] Since her debut, she has cemented her position in the Silver Ferns' midcourt. [2] For the 2010 ANZ Championship season, Leota received the Most valuable Player award. [3] Leota and Wendy Frew were named as co-captains of the Southern Steel for 2011. [4]

She signed for Netball Superleague side Manchester Thunder for the 2016 Season on 27 October 2015. [5] Following a championship winning season with Thunder, Leota signed for Severn Stars in September 2019 [6]

She is of Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Maniapoto descent. [7]

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