Silver Ferns name squad ahead of first Constellation Cup game
The Silver Ferns have named their side set to compete in the up and coming Constellation Cup. But the team have set their sights on more long-term goal, the world cup next year.
Coach Noeline Taurua says their main aim right now is rebuilding.
“We are in a rebuilding stage but also we got to get out there and perform and play to win.”
The Silver Ferns just over a week ago produced a five-point difference loss in their Netball Quad Series match against world number one Australian Diamonds.
Taurua says they now know what to build on ahead of the first test for Constellation Cup.
“There are openings there for others to come in and that's in response to the levels underneath so that we are not closed shop and giving opportunities to others.”
18-year-old Aliyah Dunn who shot 100% in the last game says she has been soaking up all the knowledge around her.
“It’s cool to be around them because you always see them on tv when your younger and to actually be here is pretty amazing.”
Dunn just missed out in the chosen squad but Taurua says she sees potential.
“I'm looking forward to giving her the opportunity. If she works hard, somewhere along the lines will see what that looks like.”
Four Māori players have been included in the chosen side, one of them is Maia Wilson of Te Ākitai Waiohua.
The Ferns' first game of four for the Constellation Cup against Australia will kick-off on Sunday at 3 PM in Brisbane.