Silver Ferns

Irene van Dyk

Iconic South-African born Kiwi Irene Van Dyk exceeds most superlatives as the most capped and recognised netball player in history.

The 41 year old is still considered one of the best shooters in the game today and continues to astound critics and supporters alike with her ability competing against players more than half her age.

The effervescent shooter for the Silver Ferns captained South Africa before making New Zealand home in 2000, and becoming a New Zealand citizen in 2005.

Van Dyk joined the Silver Ferns squad on arrival into New Zealand and debuted that same year against Australia in Newcastle. She was a member of the victorious Silver Ferns team at the 2003 World Championship and the 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games.

New Zealand’s annual sporting gala, the 2004 Westpac Halberg Awards named Van Dyk as Sportswoman of the Year and she holds the world record for international test caps while also holding the record as the most capped Silver Fern of all time.

She has a total of 72 Test Caps for South Africa and an incredible 144 Test Caps for New Zealand.

Van Dyk’s 100th appearance for the Silver Ferns on 23 September 2009 was a highlight in which the team defeated Australia.

In the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List, van Dyk was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for her services to netball.

In 2013, Van Dyk shows no signs of slowing down. She has been an integral member of the Premiership winning ANZ Championship team Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic and has signed with the Wellington-based Central Pulse for the 2014 season.

Van Dyk is a teacher and manages to juggle her busy netball career around work and family.

Born 21 June 1972, Vereening, South Africa
Court Positions GS, GA
Height 1.90m
Test Caps 217 (145 for NZ / 72 for SA)

100th Test Match: vs Australian Diamonds,
2nd Test, New World International Series,
Vector Arena, Auckland
23 September 2009

Irene van Dyk's 100 Tests for NZ
Fastnet Caps 13
Fast5 Ferns Caps 7
Occupation Netballer
National Squads Silver Ferns: 2000-2011 
Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist 2006 and 2010
World Championship 2003
FastNet Ferns: 2009, 2011
Silver Ferns Debut 20 June 2000 vs Australia, at Goal Shoot
Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Fisher & Paykel Cup
Provincial ANZ Championship: Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic, 2008-2011
National Bank Cup: Capital Shakers 2000-2002
Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic, 2003-2007