Watch the emotional moment our Silver Ferns become the Netball World Champions

Must See 22/07/2019

The Silver Ferns have won the 2019 Netball World Cup after beating Australia 52-51 in a tense final in Liverpool on Monday (NZ time). 

The match came down to the final seconds, as Australia fought back from a seven-goal deficit late in the third quarter to only trail by one with seconds left on the clock,  but the Ferns held firm to win the gold medal for the first time since 2003 and stun the 11-time champions.  

New Zealand headed into the match as outsiders, and ultimately won on the back of a strong finish to the second quarter and a stunning start to the third. 

The result completes a massive turnaround from the Ferns under coach Noeline Taurua, who took over last August following last April's dismal performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games under former coach Janine Southby. 

The win was the Silver Ferns' fifth world title, having also tasted victory in 1967, '79, '87 and 2003.

"It's quite a weird feeling," a relaxed Taurua said afterwards.

"I was very calm coming into this and wasn't too sure what to expect, but I'm absolutely proud and actually quite speechless.

"Our fossils [older players] stood up and led from the front. Every day was always going to be a challenge for us, to come out here and do this in the final is massive for the Silver Ferns, for Netball New Zealand and just for the general community at home.

"It's amazing, and it was a great game, an epic encounter, and I'm absolutely ecstatic."


Silver Ferns 52 (Maria Folau: 28/35, Ameliaranne Ekenasio: 24/26) beat Australia  51 (Caitlin Bassett: 35/40, Steph Wood: 5/6, Gretel Tippett: 11/11)