90 consecutive games for Langman
Wed, 31 Oct 2012 6:47p.m.
By Ashlee Tulloch
Laura Langman is now widely regarded as one of the stars of the Silver Ferns, and according to her opponents tomorrow night – Australia - that's largely due to the 26-year-old’s athleticism.
The fast-paced midcourter lives a fast-paced life, as if training for her 90th international on the trot wasn't enough Langman also had her final exam for her postgraduate degree to sit today.
She made her debut for the Silver Ferns as an 18-year-old in 2005, and seven years on she has not missed a single game.
“I have a philosophy that every time I take the court at training I want to be putting my hand up to say to Wai, ‘Pick me,'” says Langman. “[It’s] so far so good, and to me it’s just a number and you take every opportunity to get out there in the Ferns dress.”
In comparison, Sean Fitzpatrick holds the world record in rugby, playing 63 consecutive tests.
And Langman's opposition couldn't respect her more.
“She is a freak,” says Australian goal shoot Catherine Cox. “There is just no other way to put it. She is just so incredibly fit, so fast, so strong, all of the things that attribute to a fantastic netballer, she'll be around for another 90 consecutively probably at the rate she's going. She's certainly going to hit the 1000 very quickly.
“I can’t believe anyone's actually done it and I don't think it will be done again.”
And as well as top marks in her final exam, Langman hopes to finish the quad series with a win over Australia too.
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