Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Silver Ferns Exhibition Match Two

Silver Ferns Exhibition Match Two

15 January 2014

Media Release

Two exhibition matches against the Scottish Thistles have given Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu plenty to ponder ahead of two tests against Jamaica and England.

The Silver Ferns beat Scotland 63-26 in Glasgow as they continue their build-up to this year’s Commonwealth Games in the same city.

They now head to London for tests against Jamaica (Saturday) and England (Tuesday) before a final exhibition match against England A.

The trip to Glasgow gave Taumaunu the opportunity to trial a number of combinations against Scotland.

The Ferns however, were made to work harder this morning in game two – following their 72-18 romp over Scotland earlier this week – with the Thistles, as expected, showing more confidence across the court.

Scotland injected more pace through court with Clare Brownie and Rachel Forbes taking the ball to the frontline well.

The Thistles also took a step up in the shooting circle, showing their intention to improve from the disappointing 55 per cent accuracy in the first exhibition game.  The combination of June McNeill and Lesley Macdonald found enough space in the circle to frustrate the Ferns’ defence and slotted their goals well.

The Ferns led 14-7 at the first break as coach Waimarama Taumaunu re-jigged her entire front line with Millie Lees replacing Laura Langman at centre, Shannon Francois coming off the bench to wing attack while Jodi Brown and Irene van Dyk teamed up in the shooting circle.

Francois, who proved the find of the Constellation Cup last year, continued her improvement in the wing attack bib delivering a good long ball into her shooters while mixing it up with a strong drive to the circle when needed.

An injury break from the Thistles prompted more changes from the Ferns with Katrina Grant and Leana de Bruin switching bibs in the defensive circle.

The Ferns turned over enough ball to make a considerable impact on the board. Taumaunu looked at more combinations in the third quarter – the Ferns leading 28-15 – with Cathrine Latu returning to the shooting bib, Courtney Tairi moving to centre and Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit to goal defence with Phoenix Karaka coming on to wing defence.

The Ferns turned on their best scoring performance in the third spell, netting seven unanswered goals immediately after the main break, and restricting Scotland to just three goals during 15 minutes.

Langman and Lees returned to the mid-court for the final quarter along with van Dyk and Tutaia while there was more re-jigging of the defensive line-up as well as the Ferns looked to finish well.

The young defensive combination of Karaka and Selby-Rickit gained more valuable time together in the circle while Grant, who was tested in the wing defence bib last year, was given another run on the wing.

The Ferns again showed their speed through the court and ability to transition ball from defence to attack with ease.

Quarter scores:  14-7, 28-15, 44-18, 63-26.

Starting line-ups
Silver Ferns:  Cathrine Latu GS, Maria Tutaia GA, Camilla Lees WA, Laura Langman C, Joline Henry WD, Leana de Bruin GD, Katrina Grant GK.

Scotland:  June McNeill GS, Lesley Macdonald GA, Karin Connell WA, Sam Murphy C, Clare Brownie WD, Rachel Forbes GD, Hayley Mulheron GK.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

EPMU: Fourth Anniversary

Representatives of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union are proud to stand with the Pike River families to mark four years since 29 men lost their lives. More>>

ALSO:

'Kindara': Unusual Ginger Coloured Kiwi Chick Released To Taupo Creche

A cute little kiwi chick with an unusual ginger tinge to its feathers has just been released to Wairakei Golf & Sanctuary Kiwi Creche in Taupo after hatching at Rainbow Springs' Kiwi Encounter. More>>

Werewolf: The Complicatist : Bob Dylan Himself, And By Others

Bob Dylan is about to release a six CD version of the entire Basement Tapes sessions he recorded with the Band 40 years ago. To mark the occasion, I’ve rustled together some favourite cover versions of Dylan songs, and a few lesser-known tracks by the great man. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: Gone Girl : The Trouble With Amy

Philip Matthews: Three words to describe the David Fincher film Gone Girl: cynical, topical and ridiculous. Ridiculous isn’t a negative. More>>

ALSO:

11/11: Armistice Day Peace Vigils

On Armistice Day 2014, the second in the series of peace vigils that will take place three times each year during the World War One centenary will be held in Hokianga, Whangarei, Auckland, Tauranga, Otaki, Lower Hutt, Wellington and Takaka. More>>

ALSO:

Te Papa: Rick Ellis Appointed New Chief Executive

The Board and Chairman of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa are pleased to announce the appointment of Rick Ellis as the new Chief Executive for the museum. More>>

Couture: New All Blacks Jersey Gets Team’s Seal Of Approval

More than two years in the making, adidas has today unveiled the most technologically-advanced and blackest All Blacks jersey ever, four days before the highly anticipated match against England. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news