Tayla Dalton says late mother Tania ‘biggest inspiration in my life’ as she pursues sporting success

You could say, sport runs in the Dalton family.

The late Tania Dalton had a netball career spanning over 10 years and played 12 Tests for the Silver Ferns.

It's almost a year and a half since her mum passed away from a brain aneurysm but now, daughter Tayla is making a name for herself.

She was a finalist for the Under 16 Sportswoman of the Year at the Northern Region Surf Life Saving Awards.

"It's just such an awesome sport that I’ve been surrounded by my whole life, my dad was a very well-known legend for it, but it's awesome to be surrounded by the water, surf just creates the coolest people," Tayla said at the awards.

Andrea McVeigh spoke on behalf of those who worked alongside Dalton in the commentary box. Source: Supplied

The 16-year-old is part of Mairangi Bay Surf Life Saving Club on Auckland's North Shore, a club she describes as a privilege to be a part of.

"They've had our backs since day dot and as a family we're very fortunate to be surrounded by cool people."

Mairangi Bay is also home to Black Fin Danielle McKenzie.

McKenzie was the first New Zealand woman to win an open individual title at the 2018 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships and is someone Tayla looks up to at her club.

"She's almost like a big sister but then at the same time, completely a role model," Tayla said.

"I totally aspire to be like her and she's absolutely killing it over in Australia."

But it doesn't stop at surf life saving for Tayla.

She's just been in Belarus representing New Zealand in the Under 17 Basketball World Cup, along with other sporting commitments.

She admits her schedule can get a bit hectic.

"I'm getting home at 10 most nights; I eat a lot of food. My poor family have to deal with me when I'm a bit tired."

Speaking of family, there's someone missing from her support crew but Tayla says she still feels her mum's presence every day.

The bubbly 45-year-old was fondly remembered as popular, feisty and just a little bit crazy. Source: 1 NEWS

"She'd love to be here having a few wines tonight but I know she'll be here with us.

"She's honestly the biggest inspiration in my life and I'm very lucky to have her watching over me each day."

Story by 1 NEWS Sport producer Maddy Lloyd

The 16-year-old has excelled in both basketball and surf life saving. Source: 1 NEWS


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Noeline Taurua says Silver Ferns still 'too loose' despite big win, need to step up to conquer Aussie rivals

Noeline Taurua isn't lavishing praise in her first win as the new Silver Ferns coach after her side's victory over South Africa last night.

Instead, she's demanding more from her troops with her attention already shifting to a clash with old rivals Australia.

The Silver Ferns bounced back from a record loss to England last week to record a 61-37 win over the Proteas in Tauranga last night but Taurua says there's still lots to improve on.

"Sometimes, in terms of our positioning, we were going away from the ball in the wrong side but that will come in time," she said.

"I thought on the outside, we actually looked quite good, we had a nice engine room going but also coughed up ball when we needed to keep it secure because the passes were 50/50.

"I thought in our defensive end we got great gains but there were still areas where we were too loose."

Taurua admits she's "uncertain" about where the Silver Ferns stack up against Australia but knows the game will be tougher.

"There's going to be the similarities in terms of the defensive style but I can't envisage they're going to cough up enough ball like South Africa did and the shooting percentages will be higher.

"It's a great opportunity to play up against the best... but we have to show incremental improvements."

The Silver Ferns play Australia in Melbourne on Sunday.

The new coach is happy with the result against South Africa but knows a much tougher task is coming. Source: 1 NEWS


Most read story: 'I am extremely devastated' - Silver Ferns star Maria Folau apologises for 'insensitive' self-harm comments

This story was first published on Tuesday September 18.

Silver ferns Maria Folau (C looks to shoot during the Netball Quad Series Silver Ferns vs South Africa at the ASB Baypark arena in Tauranga on Tuesday the 18th September 2018. Copyright Photo by Marty Melville / www.Photosport.nz
Silver Ferns shooter Maria Folau in action against South Africa during a Quad Series match in Tauranga. Source: Photosport

Silver Ferns star shooter Maria Folau has apologised for making a comment about self-harm, following her side's Quad Series loss against England on Saturday.

Folau was asked about her side's performance in the shooting circle when they were outclassed by England 52-39, with the veteran shooter making the self-harm comment on television.

"I'm not slitting my wrists in the room or anything and neither are the other shooters as well, we've just got to get on with it," said Folau.

The 31-year-old was criticised for her comments by the public.

She told the Herald she was sorry for the "insensitive comment" and said she didn't mean to offend anyone.

"I wish to apologise for my insensitive comment on Newshub last night, I in no way meant to upset and offend people," said Folau.

"I am extremely devastated, and I understand the serious issue that New Zealand has with suicide rates."

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'We looked like a team' - Noeline Taurua delighted after earning first win as Silver Ferns coach

The Silver Ferns have earned their first win in the Quad Series, thumping South Africa 61-37 in Tauranga last night in their second match of the tournament.

New Zealand bounced back from a 13-points loss to Commonwealth Games champions England on Saturday, looking more in sync under their new coach Noeline Taurua.

Maria Folau was solid for the Silver Ferns landing 35 out of 37 in the shooting circle.

Defenders Katrina Grant and Jane Watson were outstanding with their defensive efforts last night, limiting South Africa's attack.

"There were moments when we looked like a team and worked for each other so I am wrapped," said Taurua.

"We actually kept possession of the ball and that was the key also we need to turn over ball as much as we can.

"I thought we started the first quarter really well."

New Zealand take on the Australian Diamonds next in the Quad Series at Hisense Arena in Melbourne on Sunday.

Noeline Taurua earned her first win as NZ coach with her side defeating South Africa 61-37. Source: SKY


Ruthless England dominate Silver Ferns in Quad Series blowout

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.

QUARTER 4 - 55 mins: SILVER FERNS 37 ENGLAND ROSES 46

Karin Burger enters the game for NZ at wing defence - making her debut for the Silver Ferns.

QUARTER 4 - 53 mins: SILVER FERNS 36 ENGLAND ROSES 46

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 15:  Te Paea Selby Rickit in action for NZ during the Quad Series Netball Test match between New Zealand Silver Ferns and England Roses on September 15, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Renee McKay/Getty Images)
Te Paea Selby Rickit in action for NZ during the Quad Series Netball Test match between New Zealand Silver Ferns and England Roses in Auckland. Source: Getty

England now have a double digit lead over NZ. Maria Folau has been subbed off with Ameliaranne Ekenasio replacing her at goal-attack.

QUARTER 4 - 51 mins: SILVER FERNS 34 ENGLAND ROSES 43

England have a nine-point lead with NZ coming up several errors early in the final quarter.

QUARTER 4 - 48 mins: SILVER FERNS 34 ENGLAND ROSES 40

England score off another NZ centre-pass after another NZ error with a Maria Folau passing the ball straight to Serena Guthrie.

QUARTER 4 - 45 mins: SILVER FERNS 34 ENGLAND ROSES 38

Silver Ferns skipper Laura Langman has moved to centre and gets the final quarter underway. 

QUARTER 3 - 45 mins: SILVER FERNS 34 ENGLAND ROSES 38

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.

QUARTER 3 - 44 mins: SILVER FERNS 31 ENGLAND ROSES 38

England get a role on and have scored the last three goals. After a good steal by NZ's defender Jane Watson the Silver Ferns are unable to convert down the other end.

QUARTER 3 - 40 mins: SILVER FERNS 29 ENGLAND ROSES 34

Elisapeta Toeava enters the game - making her debut for the Silver Ferns on wing attack.

QUARTER 3 - 37 mins: SILVER FERNS 26 ENGLAND ROSES 30

Katrina Grant of New Zealand competes against Serena Guthrie of England. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Netball, New Zealand Silver Ferns v England, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, Gold Coast, Australia. 11 April 2018 © Copyright Photo: Anthony Au-Yeung / www.photosport.nz
Katrina Grant of New Zealand competes against Serena Guthrie of England. Source: Photosport

England's goal keeper Geva Mentor makes a great read to get an intercept. England extend their lead over NZ 30-26.

QUARTER 3 - 32 mins: SILVER FERNS 23 ENGLAND ROSES 23

New Zealand level the scores with a successful shot by Maria Folau.

QUARTER 3 - 31 mins: SILVER FERNS 21 ENGLAND ROSES 23

And we are back underway! New Zealand in possession of the ball to start the quarter but they lose the ball straight away and England make them pay. 

HALFTIME - SILVER FERNS 21 ENGLAND ROSES 22

Maria Folau has a chance to level the scores with her easiest shot at goal but she misses her attempt. The Silver Ferns show great fight in the second quarter and trail England 22-21.

QUARTER 2 - 29 mins: SILVER FERNS 21 ENGLAND ROSES 22

Katrina Grant creates a two turnovers in the space of a minute and her team have a chance to level up the scores if they can get it into the shooting circle. 

QUARTER 2 - 28 mins: SILVER FERNS 20 ENGLAND ROSES 21

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.

QUARTER 2 - 20 mins: SILVER FERNS 14 ENGLAND ROSES 16

Some great ball movement from the Silver Ferns as Sam Sinclair delivers a perfect pass to Ameliaranne Ekenasio who converts for NZ.

QUARTER 2 - 16 mins: SILVER FERNS 10 ENGLAND ROSES 14

And we are back underway! The Ferns get a turnover and the pull the deficit back to just four points. 

QUARTER 1 - 15 mins: SILVER FERNS 8 ENGLAND ROSES 13

A lot of errors in the first quarter and the visitors are up 13-8. The pace of the game is somewhat slower compared to the South Africa and Australian Diamonds match.

QUARTER 1 - 10 mins: SILVER FERNS 4 ENGLAND ROSES 9

Troubling times for the Ferns as England are forcing the home team to shoot long inside the shooting circle. The visitors have a comfortbale lead of 9-4 with five minutes remaining in the match.

QUARTER 1 - 6 mins: SILVER FERNS 3 ENGLAND ROSES 5

Some good defence from England as they force NZ to turn the ball over. 

QUARTER 1 - 3 mins: SILVER FERNS 2 ENGLAND ROSES 2

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.

PREVIEW

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.

TEAMS

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.