'It is not going to be an easy fix' - Yvonne Willering weighs in on Netball NZ ‘s failed Comm Games campaign

Former Silver Ferns coach Yvonne Willering says the decline in the national side's performance on the international stage is not going to be "an easy fix" and the issue lies within the structure of the organisation and the domestic competition.

The Silver Ferns had a disastrous Commonwealth Games campaign losing to Jamaica and Malawi and ultimately missed out on a medal in the Gold Coast last week.

Willering spoke to 1 NEWS and said Netball New Zealand has got to be honest with their evaluation processes.

"They (Silver Ferns) have probably had evaluations throughout the season but I don't believe they would have been totally honest because people would have been thinking about their own spots and the team," she said.

Willering said the issues isn't solely one person's fault but that the organisation faces a tough road ahead of them:

"It is not an easy fix, it's going to take time."

The Silver Ferns couldn’t salvage a bronze medal, going down 55-60 in the bronze medal match. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

"This isn't just about the Silver Ferns it's about netball as a whole, so the process while the evaluation is going to be taken with the Silver Ferns, they have to keep the game of netball in mind as well.

"I think that it is also further down the coaching. We are talking about the ANZ Premiership, there is a lot of aspects to this not just the Silver Ferns."

Willering said Netball New Zealand's decision to pull out of the Australian competition was a bad move.

"The problem at the moment is the ANZ Premiership last year wasn't that strong and I felt that it is more like a development league rather than an elite competition," said Willering.

For the first time the Silver Ferns leave a Commonwealth Games empty handed. Source: TVNZ | Commonwealth Games

"Not having the Australians in there doesn't give us a gage of how strong we really are, but I don't think Australia are going to anytime soon come into the competition."

Willering said the development in New Zealand's own players is a key problem the organisation needs to look at.

"At the moment we have a look at some of our key import players who have gone across the Tasman, one of the criticisms was our import players were predominately goal shooters," she said.

"That was tricky because you know shooting percentages weren't up to it in the Comm Games, that's in part of it.

"The import players also provide a different sense to the whole competition."

The former Silver Ferns coach says the problem lies with selections and the structure of the domestic competition. Source: 1 NEWS



Revealed: The new Silver Ferns captain, selected after voting from players and staff

The Silver Ferns have announced today that their new skipper will be re-called midcourter Laura Langman, as the New Zealand side prepare for the Quad Series which begins on Saturday in Auckland.

New Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua let the players choose their captain via a 3-2-1 voting basis, but she and chief executive Jennie Wyllie also casted a vote. Defender and prior skipper Katrina Grant was named vice-captain.

"It is a very short turn around for our team heading into this series and as a group we decided Laura and Katrina were the players to fill those two leadership roles over the next two months," Taurua said.

"Laura's leadership qualities have been recognised in regards to her high standards she sets, her passion for the game and black dress, and her strong work ethic.

"She is a player who leads by example both on and off the court and has the respect of her peers.

"I know she’s excited to be playing at this level again and with the honour that comes with captaining your country and with the leadership experience that Katrina brings they will provide a strong foundation base for the side."

The midcourt veteran will has returned to the Ferns' squad after time overseas. Source: 1 NEWS

Langman and Grant will fill the roles through to the Constellation Cup and the positions will be reviewed looking ahead to next year’s Netball World Cup in England.

The opening Quad Series Tests on Saturday pits Australia against South Africa and New Zealand against England.

Silver Ferns midcourter Laura Langman Source: Photosport


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Silver Ferns defender Temalisi Fakahokotau's season comes to abrupt end after rupturing ACL

The Silver Ferns have suffered a serious setback ahead of their first match under new coach Noeline Taurua with experienced defender Temalisi Fakahokotau ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Fakahokotau ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee during training today.

Taurua said it was a big blow to the squad.

"Temalisi is an outstanding player both on and off the court and the loss of her defensive energies will be missed by the team."

The 24-year-old was coming off a successful ANZ Premiership season leading the defensive stats in intercepts, deflections and rebounding with the Mainland Tactix.

Northern Mystics defender Michaela Sokolich-Beatson has been called into the team as injury cover.

The Silver Ferns begin their Netball Quad Series on Saturday against England.

New Zealand's Temalisi Fakahokotau. Silver Ferns v Australia, Netball semi final Commonwealth Games, Gold Coast, Australia. Saturday 14 April, 2018. Copyright photo: John Cowpland / www.photosport.nz
New Zealand's Temalisi Fakahokotau in action for the Silver Ferns in a Commonwealth Games semi-final match against Australia. Source: Photosport

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Noeline Taurua not mucking around shaping up Silver Ferns – ‘If they don’t take accountability they’ll suffer’

A distinct new energy and excitement permeated through the Silver Ferns’ training session today.

The intensity was obvious but it was helped thanks to the clear message coming down from new coach Noeline Taurua.

"If they don't take accountability then everyone's going to suffer."

Taurua is tasked with rebuilding the Silver Ferns' reputation after their woeful performance at the Commonwealth Games.

Just two trainings in, she's under no illusion the process will take time.

"I'm testing and assessing players in real time so my hope is to get everybody out on court over the Quad Series.

"That's the only way we're going to be able to see if people can handle at this level."

The silver Ferns will meet England on Saturday for the first time since their 54-45 loss in pool play on the Gold Coast in April.

The new Silver Ferns coach is demanding hard work ahead of their match with England. Source: 1 NEWS


New Silver Ferns captain to be 'elected' by players

New Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua has raised eyebrows by conducting a player vote to determine the team's captain.

Days out from the first round of Quad Series Tests in Auckland, Taurua will employ a collective approach to finding New Zealand's netball skipper.

Players will be asked to vote on a 3-2-1 basis for their preferred candidate.

Taurua and chief executive Jennie Wyllie will also cast a vote.

The captain will be unveiled on Thursday.

The Ferns face England in this weekend's Quad Series opener. Source: 1 NEWS

"So, as they say, the people will speak as to who they want in those leadership roles," Taurua said.

"That's what I want to encourage, that everybody has something to say.

"We don't want wallflowers and everybody needs to contribute towards the overall strategy and the performance out on court."

Coach of the Sunshine Coast Lightning, Super Netball's two-time champions, Taurua was appointed to New Zealand's top role last month.

The Ferns' new coach is putting her side to work in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS

She replaced Janine Southby after a disappointing fourth placing at the Commonwealth Games.

Katrina Grant, who was captain at the Games, backed Taurua's democratic innovation.

"Whoever the team wants as captain is who it's going to be and I think that's a great way to do it and it's fair," she told journalists.

Leading candidates include Grant, along with returning veterans Laura Langman and Casey Kopua.

The opening Quad Series Tests on Saturday pits Australia against South Africa and New Zealand against England.

Noeline Taurua has raised eyebrows with her approach to leadership. Source: 1 NEWS