January 18, 2019

NZ Netball Silver Ferns get revenge on Aussie Diamonds

For a non-contact sport things get awfully cosy sometimes.

The New Zealand womens Netball team the Silver Ferns have bounced back in style from last Sunday’s narrow loss to beat the Australian Diamonds, 59-40 in Wellington last night.

With the series now locked up at 1-1 the teams meet in Auckland this Sunday for the decider. Both teams will then head off to the Commonwealth Games in New Dehli for what is likely to be another titanic struggle for the gold medal.

The Silver Ferns received a standing ovation from the home crowd for an outstanding performance that started at full pace and did not let up until the final whistle.

Winning all four quarters enabled Ferns coach Ruth Aitken to clear her bench. Having the luxury of a 31-19 half time lead meant even star shooter Irene Van Dyk could have a rest to give Daneka Wipiiti quality game time against the Australians.

It has been a long time since we have seen an Australian netball side have no answers despite time-outs and raft of substitutions. The Australians had a better shooting percentage than New Zealand, but were crippled by concedeing 34 turnovers.

It was a good day at the office for Ruth Aitken, who will found it hard to contain her contentment, and just sat there with a satified grin.

As for Australia coach Norma Plummer, she looked like the lady in the old folks home who has had her pudding swiped. For poor Norma, who loves to wind up the New Zealanders this must have been her biggest humiliation yet. She was gracious in defeat, but she is up against it in the public relations stakes because her default facial setting is the equivalent of having sucked on a bag of lemons.