Silver Ferns looking towards 'eighth player' - the Southland crowd - for support




When the Silver Ferns take to the court against the Diamonds in Invercargill today, they will only have their pride to play for having all but lost the Constellation Cup in Auckland.

The 62-50 loss at Vector Arena has left the Ferns needing to win by over 22 goals to prise the coveted trophy out of Australian hands.

Yet while the series result is all but secured in the visitors' favour, the Silver Ferns will be looking to salvage a moral victory by squaring the series at 2-2, and they feel Invercargill is just the place to do that.

The Ferns record at Stadium Southland is near perfect, and Shannon Francois of both the Southern Steel and Silver Ferns hopes the crowd can help maintain that record.

"They're always loud and intimidating, so it's nice to have kind of that eighth player out on court" she told 1NEWS.

Not only that, but the team will be looking to farewell stalwart Laura Langman, who after 141 appearances could be donning the black dress for the last time.

Langman isn't getting too carried away by the emotion of it all though.

"I think it's business as usual. There's still quite a lot of netball to go so no, I don't think it's a sad occasion at all."

The Silver Ferns will be hoping that they can send out one of their all-time greats with a victory to remember.

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