Silver Ferns, others return to rapturous welcome

5:46 pm on 16 October 2010

The Silver Ferns and other medal-winning members of New Zealand's Commonwealth Games contingent are back home.

About 60 players and officials arrived at Auckland international airport on Saturday morning on a flight from Singapore, to a rapturous welcome from about 100 people.

Shrieking fans besieged the players as they arrived, wearing their gold medals. Silver Ferns coach Ruth Aitken described the welcome as an eruption.

Squash player Joelle King, who won gold and silver medals, and champion shot-putter Valerie Adams were among the contingent, as was chef de mission Dave Currie.

New Zealand's gold medal tally rose to six and the team's overall medal collection to 36 when the Silver Ferns beat Australia in double overtime on Thursday.

The returning Ferns were given gold balloons by Netball New Zealand with G2 printed on them to symbolise the gold medal won in Delhi and the one they hope to win at the world netball championships in Singapore next year.

Coach Aitken says the Delhi win rates as her best.