'An unprecedented time for netball' - Silver Ferns prioritised experience in picking coach-less squad

Netball New Zealand prioritised experience in the selection of a coach-less Silver Ferns squad as they continue the process of finding a head coach.

Netball NZ chief executive Jennie Wyllie told media today she was confident of announcing a head coach or interim coach by September 10.

Asked specifically about Sunshine Coast Lightning coach Noeline Taurua, Whyllie said the candidates would remain confidential.

In the meantime, selectors fulfilled the mandate of Netball NZ by adding 242 caps of experience to the squad by picking Casey Kopua and Laura Langman.

“We’re really careful about how we did it (picked a squad before naming a coach),” Wyllie said.

“We’re in an unprecedented time for netball, it’s a time of transformation and so Netball NZ’s brief into our selectors was to ensure that we looked at breadth of experience across the court and within the group and we think we’ve achieved it with the group that’s been named.”

Wyllie said Langman had been given an exemption for selection by the Netball NZ board given she had not played in the 2018 ANZ Premiership.

Langman was returning to the squad refreshed after taking some time away from the game while the addition of a player of Kopua’s calibre was exciting, Wyllie said.

Langman last pulled on the black dress in 2016, and Kopua hasn't played for the Ferns since the year before that. 

2018/19 SILVER FERNS SQUAD

Karin Burger – Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse

Gina Crampton – Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel

Aliyah Dunn – Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse

Ameliaranne Ekenasio – Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse

Temalisi Fakahokotau – Silvermoon Tactix

Maria Folau – SKYCITY Mystics

Katrina Grant – Te Wānanga o Raukawa Pulse

Kelly Jury – Waikato-BOP Magic

Casey Kopua – Waikato-BOP Magic

Laura Langman 

Bailey Mes – SKYCITY Mystics

Te Paea Selby-Rickit – Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel

Sam Sinclair – Waikato-BOP Magic

Michaela Sokolich-Beatson – SKYCITY Mystics

Elisapeta Toeava – SKYCITY Mystics

Jane Watson – Silvermoon Tactix

Maia Wilson – Northern Stars

SILVER FERNS TEAM – NETBALL QUAD SERIES

Karin Burger

Gina Crampton

Aliyah Dunn

Ameliaranne Ekenasio

Temalisi Fakahokotau

Maria Folau

Katrina Grant

Laura Langman

Te Paea Selby-Rickit

Sam Sinclair

Elisapeta Toeava

Jane Watson

Netball New Zealand prioritised experience in the selection of a coach-less Silver Ferns squad as they continue the process of finding a head coach, CEO Jennie Wyllie says. Source: 1 NEWS