Netball New Zealand to hold a comprehensive review into Comm Games disaster

NZ Herald Staff,
Publish Date
Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 5:22PM
Questions have already been raised over Janine Southby's position as coach. (Photo/ Getty)
Questions have already been raised over Janine Southby's position as coach. (Photo/ Getty)

Netball New Zealand has announced that they will be holding a "comprehensive" review into the Silver Ferns' failure at the Commonwealth Games.

Over the past few months, the Ferns have been on a downward spiral, losing multiple times to their three biggest rivals England, Jamaica and Australia, culminating in a disastrous Games campaign that saw the side miss out on a medal for the first time.

Netball NZ boss Jennie Wyllie said today that they were very disappointed with the Ferns' placing at the Gold Coast games.

"For a team with the proud history of the Silver Ferns, fourth is not good enough. We accept that this is the latest loss in a series of performances that were far from the best we have come to expect from one of New Zealand's leading sports teams. 

"Netball New Zealand will be holding a review, with the findings to be presented to the Netball New Zealand Board in early June.

"This review will be a comprehensive process lead by an independent expert. Athletes have a mandatory break of two weeks after which the review will commence. In order for this to be run in a robust and thorough manner, this will take time. 

"We will leave no stone unturned in the review. Without pre-empting the findings, we do not believe responsibility rests on any one person, or event. There are usually a range of factors in sport as to why a team isn't performing at the expected level.

"Netball New Zealand has a long and proud history of success at the highest level of national and international sport, and we have hugely talented young players. 

"We are committed to resolving any issues that are identified in the review to ensure our Silver Ferns are once again at the top of the world in Netball."