'It still doesn't seem right' - Tania Dalton's mates playing Masters Games in her honour

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Former Silver Ferns have teamed up to play in the World Masters Games in Auckland in memory of their mate Tania Dalton.

Dalton's mates have renamed their team The T Bags in honour of the late Silver Fern.
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Former Fern Dalton died on March 1, nearly a week after suffering a brain aneurysm during a social game of touch rugby in Takapuna.

A mother of three, Dalton played 37 Tests, mostly at shooter, across an 11-year international career which finished in 2007.

The World Masters Games kicked off tonight with the opening ceremony at Eden Park in front of thousands of spectators.

Former Fern Anna Stanley was picked for the Masters netball team which has been re-named The T Bags in honour of Tania.

"With our great mate, Tarns, passing away there was a spot there and it was an easy decision to play in the team, change our name to T Bags and really play in memory of our mate," Stanley said.

Alongside her in the T Bags is Leonie Leaver - another Silver Fern legend and long-time friend of Dalton.

"It still doesn't seem right, you know, that we're playing and that she's not here," Leaver said.

Stanley added: "Yeah, it's going to be a sad week because she won't be with us. But yeah, we'll have a lot of laughs because that's what Tania was all about."

The laughs have started already, with Leaver saying she has packed three pairs of undies after "Tanya used to call me weeo".

They aren't the only netball royalty competing at the World Masters Games.

Stanley's mother Brenda Rowberry, also a former Fern, will compete in tennis.

The World Masters Games will see 25,000 athletes from over 100 countries compete in 28 sports. 

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