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SILVER FERNS HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS
2012
2012 was one of the busiest years on record for the Silver Ferns competing in the new Quad Series against England, South Africa and Australia and then going on to win the New World Netball Series for the Constellation Cup against the Australian Diamonds.

The year rounded out on a high with the inaugural Fast5 Netball World Series played at Vector Arena in Auckland. The Fast5 Ferns narrowly defeated the England Fives to win the Championship.

2011
The Silver Ferns receive the Silver Medal at the World Netball Championships in Singapore. Australia won the Gold Medal in overtime 58-57
2010
The Silver Ferns win the 2010 Commonwealth Games Gold Medal against Australia, The New Zealand Gold Medal Team is:
Casey Williams (captain), Temepara George (vice-captain), Irene van Dyk, Maria Tutaia, Laura Langman, Anna Scarlett, Leana du Bruin, Joline Henry, Liana Leota, Grace Rasmussen, Katrina Grant. Coach: Ruth Aitken. Assistant Coach: Waimarama Taumaunu. Manager: Esther Molloy.
2009
The Silver Ferns win the inaugural World Netball Series, designed to showcase the new Fastnet form of netball. They defeat Jamaica 32-27 in the Final held in Manchester, England.
Their five test match victories include defeats of all three of their closest rivals: Australia (twice), England and Jamaica.
The Silver Ferns' 52-36 defeat of Australian Diamonds in Auckland on 23 September is their third-biggest winning margin against Australia in history.
2008
The Silver Ferns celebrate seventy years of international netball with four wins from seven tests, including two victories against Australia.
2007
New Zealand hosts the World Championships for the third time, this time at The Trusts Stadium, Auckland, and Australia reclaims the title from New Zealand in an enthralling 42-38 Final on 17 November.
2006
The Commonwealth Games Gold Medal is won in Melbourne by the Silver Ferns, who beat Australia 60-55 in the Final.
The New Zealand Gold Medal Team is:
Adine Wilson (captain), Irene van Dyk, Belinda Colling, Jess Tuki, Maria Tutaia, Temepara George, Laura Langman, Anna Rowberry, Anna Scarlett, Vilimaina Davu, Leana du Bruin, Casey Williams, (Jodi Te Huna injured). Coach: Ruth Aitken. Assistant Coach: Leigh Gibbs. Manager: Jackie Barron.
2005
The Silver Ferns record their biggest ever defeat of Australia, 61-36 at The Trusts Stadium, Auckland, in October.
2004
At the Halberg Sports Awards the Silver Ferns win the Supreme Award, Ruth Aitken is named Coach of the Year, and superstar shooter Irene van Dyk receives the Sportswoman of the Year Award.
2003
The Silver Ferns win their fourth World Championships in Jamaica, beating Australia 49-47 in the Final.
The 2003 World Champion Team is:
Anna Rowberry (captain), Irene van Dyk, Tania Dalton, Belinda Colling, Temepara George, Sheryl Clark, Vilimaina Davu, Lesley Nicol, Adine Wilson, Anna Scarlett, Jodi Te Huna, Leana du Plooy.
Coach: Ruth Aitken. Assistant Coach: Leigh Gibbs. Manager: Sheryl Wells.
2002
The Manchester Commonwealth Games Final is the longest match in netball test history, before Australia defeats New Zealand, 57-55.
2000
Bernice Mene leads the Silver Ferns on their first tour of South Africa.
1999
New Zealand hosts the World Championships for the second time, in Christchurch, but the Silver Ferns have to settle for second after a dramatic one-goal loss to Australia in the Final.
The 75th Netball New Zealand anniversary celebrations are held, and a New Zealand Dream Team is announced:
Margharet Matenga GS; Joan Harnett-Kindley GA; Rita Fatialofa WA; Sandra Edge C; Lyn Gunson WD; Yvonne Willering GD; Tracey Fear GK
1998
Netball is on the official Commonwealth Games programme for the first time in Kuala Lumpur, and New Zealand brings home the silver medal.
1995
Third is the best New Zealand can do at the Birmingham, England World Championships, after losing to both Australia and South Africa (led by a brilliant young shooter, Irene van Dyk).
1993
Australia defeats New Zealand in the Final of the World Games in The Hague. This is the last time Netball is included on the World Games programme.
1991
A series of firsts for the 8th World Tournament, held in Sydney, Australia: the event is known as the World Championships for the first time, is played indoors and includes Semi-Finals and a Final.
The Final is one of the greatest games of the modern era, when Australia defeats New Zealand, 53-52.
1990
Netball appears for the first time as a demonstration sport at the Auckland Commonwealth Games. Australia defeats New Zealand in a one-off match.
1989
The Silver Ferns defeat Australia in the Final of the World Games, held in Germany.
1987
The Silver Ferns win the last World Tournament held outdoors, in Glasgow, Scotland, with what is considered one of the very best New Zealand teams: Leigh Gibbs (captain), Annette Heffernan, Angela Pule, Tracey Fear, Margaret Forsyth, Sandra Edge, Margaret Matenga, Waimarama Taumaunu, Rita Fatialofa, Joan Solia, Julie Townsend, Tracy Earl. Coach: Lois Muir. Manager: Monica Leggat.
1985
Netball is included for the first time on the World Games programme and New Zealand wins the inaugural title.
1983
New Zealand is beaten by Australia in the Final of the 6th World Tournament, held in Singapore.
1979
At the 5th World Tournament held in Trinidad & Tobago, the hosts share the title with Australia & New Zealand.
1975
New Zealand hosts the World Tournament for the first time, at Auckland's Windmill Road Courts, but finishes third, behind Australia & England.
1971
The Silver Ferns finish second to Australia at the 3rd World Tournament in Jamaica.
1967
Unbeaten in pool play, New Zealand wins our first World Tournament title, in Perth, Australia.
The New Zealand team is:
Judy Blair (captain), Ann Boelee, Joan Harnett (Player of the Tournament), Margaret Gardiner, Elizabeth Rowley, Pam Hamilton, Sandra James, Mirth Solomon, Tilly Vercoe, Billie Irwin.
Coach: Taini Jamieson
1963
The First World Netball Championships held in Eastbourne, England won by Australia which defeats New Zealand 37-36 in pool play.
1960
Second New Zealand tour of Australia.
New Zealand records their first win against Australia, 49-40 in the first of three tests in Adelaide.
1948
First Australian tour of New Zealand.
1938
Margaret (Meg) Matangi captains the first New Zealand netball team which plays its first international game, against Australia on 20 August in Melbourne. Australia wins the match, 40-11.
1924
The New Zealand Basketball Association (now Netball New Zealand) agrees that the national team colours will be black with a silver fern.

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