The New Zealand Ferns beat the Australian Diamonds by 52-51 in a nail-biting final. This was the seventh Netball World Cup final between the two teams, and only the second time that New Zealand have come out on top.
Noeline Taurua is a netballing genius.
How else do you explain her 11-month transformation of the Silver Ferns?
From rock bottom to back where New Zealand netball belongs, sporting resurrections don’t come any more seamless.
No other netball figure could have guided the Ferns to an unlikely World Cup final in Liverpool, from fourth-ranked in the world, not so soon after last year’s Commonwealth Games capitulation where New Zealand lost to Malawi.