Ferns: Making up for 188 lost caps
Wed, 05 Sep 2012 1:33p.m.
By 3 News online staff
The New Zealand Silver Ferns take on the Australian Diamonds in Melbourne next weekend for the start of the Constellation Cup and they do so down on experience.
But while coach Waimarama Taumaunu says the loss of Liana Leota, Joline Henry and Temepara George is great – some 188 test caps between them - it provides an opportunity for the younger players to get international court time.
“You can never replace experience overnight but I’m really excited and comfortable with where we’re at,” says Taumaunu.
Leota and Henry aren’t available while George has retired from international netball.
“There are still some misunderstandings and timing mishaps but we’re getting better each time we take the court.”
The Ferns have been in a training camp on the North Shore of Auckland and Taumaunu says that the changes in line up will necessitate a new on-court style against the World Champions.
“We are going to have to play a differently. I think it’s a good thing. I think it’s a good challenge for us,” says Taumaunu.
Taumaunu was pleased with the progress of Camilla Lees and Kayla Cullen, saying that Cullen may have pushed for a start on her on right.
She adds that the upcoming Cup is not just about grooming the next breed of netballer.
“It’s really important to win but just as important to make progress as a group,” says Taumaunu.
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5/09/2012 1:43:28 p.m.
i think ferns did well this year they have gone along way
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