Tania Dalton remembered with tears and laughter

Yesterday a memorial service was held to farewell former Silver Fern Tania Dalton in Auckland.

Thousands gathered at a packed-out QBE Stadium in Albany, with family spokesman, MC and SKY commentator Scotty Stevenson saying "no room was ever going to be big enough for this day."

The service began at 1:26pm, the same time the decision was made last Tuesday to turn off Ms Dalton's life support.

Ms Dalton's three older brothers paid tribute to their younger sister, as well as a local priest and fellow former netballer Bernice Mene.

Her nephews also played a version of one of her favourite songs, 'The Scientist', by Coldplay.

Ms Dalton, 45, died last Wednesday, nearly a week after suffering a brain aneurysm during a social game of touch rugby in Takapuna.

A mother of three, she played 12 Tests mostly at shooter across an 11-year international career which finished in 2007.

She was part of the 2003 world championship-winning team, and also in the side that finished runners-up four years earlier.

Ms Dalton's former teammates at the Southern Sting and Southern Steel joined a public service at ILT Stadium in Invercargill, which livestreamed the Auckland service.

NZN