An Australia Diamonds legend has taken a shot at Netball NZ for their handling of Laura Langman, indicating the current string of disastrous results for the Silver Ferns has to do with the governing body's choice to exclude non-domestic-based players.
Former player-turned-commentator Liz Ellis said in a column piece Netball NZ have treated Langman "appallingly" over the past two years and are now seeing the consequences.
"It was unbelievable to me that New Zealand missed out on a medal on the Gold Coast, and that they almost didn't make the finals," Ellis wrote for PlayersVoice.
"But I wasn't exactly shocked because New Zealand no longer have their best players playing in the best league in the world – week in, week out. There is no doubt that their Commonwealth Games performance suffered as a result."
Ellis said the likes of England and Jamaica, who both beat the Silver Ferns in the Commonwealth Games, were thriving from players competing in the Australian league where they were learning to play with the same intensity the Diamonds do.
"The flipside of course is that New Zealand are suffering because they're not part of it.
"Basically what New Zealand are doing is saying they don't want anything to do with our league and the big carrot for players who choose to play in the New Zealand league is representing the Silver Ferns."
Langman opted to join the New South Wales Swifts in August 2015, effectively ending her career as a Silver Fern as a result due to Netball NZ's rules of eligibility for Silver Ferns selection.
"So that meant they missed their best player in Laura Langman, who I think has been treated appallingly by their governing body," Ellis said.
"I think she would have got them a lot closer to a medal. She's a superstar who was one of the best players in the Suncorp Super Netball league here last year."
Ellis said she understood Netball NZ's decision was for commercial purposes, but an exemption should have been made for the former Silver Ferns captain.
"Laura Langman has played 141 tests for the Silver Ferns and had not missed a test match since her debut in 2005. And suddenly they've said 'no, you're playing in Australia, you can no longer play for the national team'".
"I think you can make an exemption for a player who has played that many consecutive test matches for New Zealand. You only need a bush lawyer to tell you that."
An independent review has been launched by Netball NZ into their Commonwealth Games campaign, where for the first time in history the team failed to claim a medal.
Silver Ferns midcourter Laura Langman
Relive 1 NEWS NOW's live coverage of this Quad Series clash between the Silver Ferns and the England Roses from Spark Arena in Auckland.
FULLTIME - SILVER FERNS 39 ENGLAND ROSES 52
England were just too good for the Silver Ferns in the final quarter. Their defence was key to their win, earning themselves several turnovers at will. England scored 14 points in the final quarter with New Zealand only able to convert five points.
Te Paea Selby-Rickit misses her first shot of the match but gets the rebound and converts her second attempt. NZ get a turnover late in the quarter but appears Maria Folau wasn't aware of how much time was on the clock. A missed chance to close the gap - England lead 38-34.
England have been relentless on defence and secure another turnover. They have been giving the home side real trouble inside the shooting circle. But the Silver Ferns are starting to find their groove - closing the gap.
The scores are level after England make a mistake at the middle of the court to hand the ball back to the Ferns. Ameliaranne Ekenasio has converted one shot with Maria Folau landing a long range goal.
QUARTER 1 - SILVER FERNS 0 ENGLAND ROSES 0
And we are underway with the Silver Ferns with possession to start match. Maria Folau misses her first shot at goal and England get the rebound and move the ball quickly down the court.
A new dawn rises on the Silver Ferns and New Zealand netball with Noeline Taurua taking charge of the side following a disastrous final 10 months under Janine Southby.
Taurua's first test comes in the shape of Commonwealth Games gold medallists England.
New Zealand will be bolstered by the return of legends Casey Kopua, and Laura Langman - who will assume the captaincy as she makes her international comeback.
It's not all positives for the Silver Ferns with star defender Temalisi Fakahokotau ruled out for the rest of the year with a ruptured ACL.
New Zealand: Karin Burger, Gina Crampton, Aliyah Dunn, Ameliaranne Ekenasio, Maria Folau, Katrina Grant, Laura Langman (c), Te Paea Selby-Rickit, Sam Sinclair, Michaela Sokolich-Beatson, Elisapeta Toeava, Jane Watson.
England: Ama Agbeze (c), Jade Clarke, Kadeen Corbin, Sasha Corbin, Jodie Gibson, Layla Guscoth, Serena Guthrie, Jo Harten, Natalie Haythornthwaite, Helen Housby, Geva Mentor, Chelsea Pitman.
Caitlin Bassett's retention as Australian netball captain came down to a team vote, coach Lisa Alexander has confirmed.
In an unexpected revelation ahead of the Quad Series starting in Auckland on Saturday, Alexander said the Diamonds canvassed players via a 3-2-1 voting system on a semi-regular basis to determine their skipper.
Veteran goal shoot Bassett had won the most recent election after a new-look squad gathered to prepare for the series which also features England, New Zealand and Australia's opening opponents, South Africa.
It had been widely assumed Bassett was simply retained as skipper from their most recent campaign, April's Commonwealth Games.
However, Alexander said each player had been asked to cast their votes openly to keep accountability high and allow players to clear the air.
Questions about the voting method only emerged after New Zealand's newly- appointed coach Noeline Taurua this week revealed a voting system to unearth a captain.
Returning midcourt veteran Laura Langman topped the ballot and was unveiled today.
New coach Noeline Taurua let the players choose their leader.
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Alexander wasn't surprised successful Sunshine Coast Lightning mentor Taurua had gone down the democratic path as it was commonly used in Australian netball circles.
"We've been doing that ourselves for a long time," she told AAP.
"Noeline is getting the opinions of her players and seeing where they stand and how they'll work together. It's a smart thing to do and will only benefit them."
Langman was named captain after a team vote led by new coach Noeline Taurua.
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Alexander said the public nature of Australia's voting system meant nothing gets hidden between players.
The newly-elected captain or a teammate who falls short in the process can seek immediate feedback.
For example, not all of the Diamonds players voted for 30-year-old Bassett, she said.
"There are athletes that she'll know she needs to reconnect with or talk with and say 'what is it about what I'm doing that you're not happy with?
"So they can have those genuine conversations which are really important for us to move forward as a high performance team."
Alexander is relishing the prospect of a tightly-fought Quad Series.
She admits the match against England in Newcastle on Wednesday is in the back of her mind, having gone down by a solitary goal to the Roses in the final of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
However, she was reluctant to look too far beyond Saturday's opponents South Africa, coached by her long-serving Diamonds predecessor Norma Plummer.
"I'm a huge admirer of Norma, we go back such a long way," Alexander said.
"She's competitive like I am and there's no way she'll coach a team that will lie down."
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