Gretel Bueta

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Gretel Bueta
Firebird during ticker tape parade Brisbane-07 (28530984140).jpg
Tippett in 2016
Personal information
Full name Gretel Bueta
Born (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 28)
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)[1]
School All Saints Anglican School
Spouse Niko Bueta
Married 7 March 2020
Relatives Kurt Tippett, Joel Tippett (Brothers)
Netball career
Playing position(s): GA, GS, WA
Years Club team(s) Apps
2013 Queensland Firebirds
2014 New South Wales Swifts
2015–present Queensland Firebirds
Years National team(s) Caps
Australian Under 21

Gretel Bueta (née Tippett; born 3 July 1993) is an Australian netball player and former basketball player.[1]


Bueta played for the Australian Institute of Sport in the Women's National Basketball League during the 2010/2011 season. She played half the season with the Logan Thunder in the 2011/2012 season and was named Rookie of the Year for WNBL in 2011 before pulling out due to glandular fever. She also played in 3 junior World Championships - 2009 U/19 World Championships in Thailand where Australia placed 5th. 2010 u/17 World Championships in France where Australia placed 7th and 2011 u/19 World Championships in Chile where Australia placed 4th.[2] In a 24 November 2010 game for the team against the Canberra Capitals, she scored thirteen points and had ten rebounds.[2]


In March 2012, Bueta made the switch from Basketball to Netball, registering as a goal attack, goal shooter .

In 2013, she was used as a replacement player for the Queensland Firebirds for the injured Chelsea Pitman.[3] Later that year, she was selected for the Australian under 21 netball team for the 2013 World Youth Netball Championship in Glasgow, Scotland,[4] where Australia finished second, and announced that she was joining the NSW Swifts.[4]

Bueta made her ANZ Championship debut in Round 5 of the 2014 ANZ Championship after signing with the NSW Swifts for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

At the end of the 2014 season, she was released from her contract with the NSW Swifts a year early to return home to be closer to family, signing with the Queensland Firebirds for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. She was selected in the Australian Diamonds squad for the 2018/19 international season.[5]

Gretel has twice been named in the Super Netball Team of the Year, in 2018 and 2019. In the latter year she was also awarded the Liz Ellis Diamond, the most prestigious annual award in Australian netball, given to the player judged the best in both domestic and international netball throughout the calendar year.[6] She sat out of the entire 2020 season as a result of becoming pregnant.[7]

Following a season on the sidelines, Gretel and her husband Niko have since welcomed their first child Bobby Bueta into the world.[8] Bueta will return to play in the 2021 season. [9]

National netball representation[edit]

  • 2013 Australian Fast5 Flyers
  • 2013 Australian 21/U World Youth Netball Championship Team
  • 2014 Netball Centre of Excellence Program
  • 2014 ANZ Championship debut
  • 2013 Australian Fast5 Flyers – Silver Medallists
  • 2013 Australian World Youth Netball Championship silver medal

Personal life[edit]

Bueta is the sister of former AFL footballers Kurt and Joel.[10] She married her long-term boyfriend, Niko Bueta, on 7 March 2020 and gave birth to the couple's first child in January 2021. [11]


  1. ^ a b "Gretel Tippett". Netball Australia. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b Tuxworth, Jon (25 November 2010). "AIS star struck by Payne of moving on". The Canberra Times. Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Gretel's code switch set for fairytale ending". ANZ Championship. 11 May 2013. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  4. ^ a b Partland, Warren (30 July 2013). "Gretel Tippett joins NSW Swifts for next season". The Advertiser. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  5. ^ "17-strong Diamonds squad named for International Test Series". Netball Australia. 15 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Gretel Tippett wins Liz Ellis Diamond with standout season for bottom-of-the-ladder Queensland Firebirds". ABC News. 30 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Netball ace Bueta to miss whole season". The Canberra Times. 5 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Bueta's Back with a Plus One!". Queensland Firebirds. 16 March 2021.
  9. ^ "Gretel Bueta Profile". Queensland Firebirds. 2 March 2021.
  10. ^ Pearce, Linda (8 May 2014). "Gretel Tippett, sister of AFL giants, the big hope of Australian netball". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 October 2019.
  11. ^ Amy Price (21 March 2020). "Netballer Gretel Tippett shares details of her dream Gold Coast wedding". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 30 April 2020.