23 Sep 2014

Van Dyk to make swansong in Fast5

6:24 pm on 23 September 2014

Irene van Dyk will play for the Fast5 Ferns in November's international five-a-side netball tournament at Auckland's Vector Arena in what's set to be her final appearance for New Zealand.

Former Silver Fern Irene van Dyk

Former Silver Fern Irene van Dyk Photo: Photosport

The Silver Ferns veteran hung up her bib before the Commonwealth Games and a Netball New Zealand spokeswoman says van Dyk's last hurrah is a chance to send her off properly, which they didn't have a chance to do before the Glasgow Games.

Joining the 42-year-old in the Fast5 squad are current Silver Ferns captain Casey Kopua, who will also skipper the team, and five other current internationals - Temalisi Fakahokotau, Katrina Grant, Laura Langman, Bailey Mes and Grace Rasmussen.

Kayla Cullen, Shannon Francois and Ellen Halpenny join van Dyk as the other Fast5 players not currently selected for the full international team.

The tournament will be played from November the 8th to the 9th and will again feature six international teams, with England, South Africa, Malawi, Jamaica and Australia also taking part.

New Zealand are the inaugural and two-time defending champions. The Southern Steel's Janine Southby will coach the team.