31 Aug 2009

Silver Ferns salvage some pride

8:03 am on 31 August 2009

The New Zealand netballers knocked out some of the dents in their pride with a 46-41 win in an entertaining and tightly contested third Test in Auckland after losing to the World Seven in Wellington and Rotorua.

The World Seven led 5-1 early in the first quarter before the Silver Ferns began putting together some smart attacking moves to lead 14-11 going into the second quarter

They trailed by up to five through the middle stages though, after England's Sonia Mkloma stiffened the world side's defence.

But the Ferns were always in touch and with captain Casey Williams inspirational on defence and Temepara George marshalling the midcourt they shut out the world side in the fourth quarter.

Coach Ruth Aitken changed her line-up, giving Paula Griffin and Maree Bowden their first starts of the series at goal attack and wing attack.