Silver Ferns coach Janine Southby quits after horror 2018 season that saw team miss out on Comm Games medal

Silver Ferns head coach Janine Southby has resigned from her role in the wake of Netball NZ's independent review into the side's poor Gold Coast Commonwealth Games campaign.

Netball New Zealand CEO Jennie Wyllie said, "Earlier today I accepted Janine Southby’s resignation from her role as Silver Ferns head coach.

"I would like to acknowledge the contribution that Janine has made and thank her for her hard work. Janine remains a key member of the Netball family, a fine coach and we look forward to having the opportunity to work with her in the future," she said.

New Zealand failed to win a Commonwealth Games medal for the first time earlier this year. 

Southby said in a statement today she takes full responsibility for the failure.

"I am very sad to have reached this point," she said.

"We were at a real point of transition when I was appointed and I believed it would take time to make the necessary change.

"Over the last two years I have worked hard to develop a high performance culture based on accountability and self-responsibility. I felt we were making steps in the right direction however, I have to acknowledge this hasn’t happened as quickly or as well as I would have liked.

"The results we were able to deliver through the transition were unacceptable and far less than what we were aiming for. As head coach, I have to front up to my own responsibility in producing those results and I have. I’m as gutted as anyone that we couldn’t produce the results we aimed for.

Netball New Zealand said the process for appointing a new Silver Ferns coach "will commence immediately" with the Netball Quad Series coming up in September before next year's World Cup in July.

Louisa Wall believes the Southby has lost the trust of the players following the Commonwealth Games.
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Central Pulse surge to 15-goal win over the Stars

The Central Pulse proved their class again today with a 15-goal win over the Northern Stars in Auckland.

The Pulse led wire-to-wire Aliyah Dunn making 40 shots from 44 attempts while Tiana Metuarau and Ameliaranne Ekenasio made 12 from 14 and 13 from 17 respectively.

The Stars have secured some gripping wins in the past fortnight but struggled to keep possession from the starting whistle the Pulse defensive duo of Katrina Grant and Sulu Fitzpatrick starring.

With three rounds left, the Pulse are now four points clear of the Southern Steel at the top of the ANZ Premiership ladder and only need one more win or a Steel loss to secure top spot. 

Aliyah Dunn of the Pulse looks to control an entry ball. 2018 ANZ Premiership netball match, Stars v Pulse at Pulman Arena, Auckland, New Zealand. 15 July 2018 © Copyright Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung /
Aliyah Dunn of the Pulse in action against the Stars. Source: Photosport



Magic suffer massive blow with Casey Kopua ruled out for rest of 2018 with foot injury

The Magic have lost captain and veteran Silver Fern Casey Kopua for the remainder of the season due to a foot injury.

The former Silver Fern captain was a late withdrawal from last Wednesday's game against the Northern Stars after injuring her foot in the warm-up.

Kopua underwent an MRI on her foot following the game with results confirming a tear to the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes, which requires approximately eight weeks to heal.

Magic Coach Margaret Forsyth said it was devastating news for the team.

"It is a blow for the team as Casey is such an integral member of the Magic team both on and off the court," she said.  

"Our wider squad has had to step up this season due to a number of injuries and while she will be missing on court for us, Casey will remain with the team as she brings a wealth of knowledge, encouragement and support from the side-line."

Magics goal defender Casey Kopua. ANZ Premiership Netball, WBOP Magic v Central Pulse, Energy Event Centre, Rotorua, New Zealand. Wednesday, 05 April, 2017. Copyright photo: John Cowpland /
Magics goal defender Casey Kopua. Source: Photosport