Netballers, women's hockey team win first up

9:01 pm on 4 October 2010

The New Zealand netballers made the best possible start to their Commonwealth Games title defence, beating Papua New Guinea 102-21 in Delhi.

With the Silver Ferns up 57-12 at half-time, coach Ruth Aitken took the opportunity to try out new combinations on court, giving 11 of the 12 players game time.

While the different combinations slowed the Ferns' game slightly, it was little more than a training run for the New Zealanders.

Australia also won their first pool game against Samoa, but not nearly as convincingly, running out 76-39 victors.

The New Zealand women's hockey team also got off to an excellent start, beating Wales 5-1.