Maree Bowden

Maree is a disciplined mid-courter with extensive high-level experience, including nine years in the National Bank Cup, two years with NZA and two years with the Silver Ferns squad. Her combination with Julie Seymour was an important element in the early season success of 2008 ANZ Championship team Canterbury Tactix whose record included a 50-44 defeat of eventual trophy winners the NSW Swifts.

Called up to the Silver Ferns Squad in October 2006, Bowden made her on-court debut against Jamaica in July 2007. She added four test caps to her record in 2008, and filled the wing attack position for all four quarters of the Silver Ferns' 61-22 defeat of England in Palmerston North.

Maree is a staunch advocate for a balanced lifestyle in improving the health of New Zealand women. She has a strong affinity for those women and their families who have battled breast cancer and is delighted to be an Ambassador for the NZBCF.


With Mother's Day just around the corner we asked Maree to share a story with us about her mum.

"It started last year... she was staying with me before a game of netball and I always have lasagne, green salad and half baked bread the night before I play a game.

"My Mum makes the best Lasagne!!! Anyway, I happened to play well and we joked about it being the 'Magic Lasagne'.

"The next week before a game a parcel arrived from home (which is Alexandra) and inside was a lasagne that my Mum had made, frozen, packed and couriered over night.

"Since then, I get a parcel from my Mum with the Magic Lasagne in it for each game we play at home. I absolutely love it!!!"