18 Aug 2010

Silver Ferns win first test against Jamaica

10:29 pm on 18 August 2010

New Zealand's netball team has beaten Jamaica in the first of their two test matches.

The Silver Ferns won 58-35 in a fast-paced match in Christchurch on Wednesday night.

If New Zealand was expecting an easy opponent they were mistaken, as Jamaica took early control and were up three goals before the Silver Ferns netted their first.

But the New Zealanders gelled in the second quarter, pulling ahead by eight goals - a lead they kept increasing in the second half.

Irene van Dyk shot with precision, missing only three attempts of the 49 she put up.

At the opposite end of the court lanky Romelda Aiken was almost as accurate, shooting 24 of her 30 attempts, but it wasn't enough.

The teams meet in Napier for the second test on Saturday.