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Tania Dalton's husband watched former Silver Ferns win their first match in the World Masters Games today in Auckland, saying "these girls are going to do her proud."
The group of netball stars have teamed up in memory of their mate, former Fern Tania Dalton, who 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 as shooter, across an 11-year international career which finished in 2007.
Her husband, Duane, watched from the sidelines as the team, re-named The T Bags in honour of Tania, won their first game against Amberley, 47-11.
"I think these girls will do her proud," Duane Dalton told 1 NEWS.
"I think it is just amazing. Such a wonderful group of women who've come together and playing sport in the spirit that it was intended. Going out, having fun.
"Often through sport you meet your best friends in life and it's exactly what Tania would've wanted and enjoy."
During the opening ceremony of the first round of netball today, at the Auckland Netball Centre, a minute silence for Tania was observed.
The World Masters Games will see 25,000 athletes from over 100 countries compete in 28 sports this month.