18 Oct 2008

Silver Ferns take netball series

9:46 pm on 18 October 2008

The Silver Ferns have clinched the netball series, beating England 61-22, the exact winning margin in the first test.

In Saturday's deciding third test against England in Palmerston North, New Zealand created history by winning the series 2-1.

The Silver Ferns took control from the first quarter, going to the break ahead 14-8.

But it was in the second quarter where they restricted England to just two goals, a feat never achieved before in an international test.

With Irene van Dyk shooting at 100% in the first two quarters the Silver Ferns went to the half-time break with the score at 36-10.

New Zealand continued the pressure in the third quarter, and took a commanding 34-point lead.

The win is a confidence boost for the Silver Ferns, who head across the Tasman next week for their two test series against Australia.

The Silver Ferns captain, Julie Seymour, was replaced by Marie Bowden for Saturday night's match because of injury.

Laura Langman, who was captain for Saturday's winning match, won player of the match and of the overall series.