The New Zealand Herald

Grant insists pride is there


Silver Ferns captain Katrina Grant hit back at suggestion­s the team lacked pride after losing yesterday to England 54-45, their biggest defeat to the Roses in 93 internatio­nals.

After being upset by Malawi earlier in their Gold Coast campaign, New Zealand’s loss to England was their first in six Commonweal­th Games matches dating back to 1998.

In a television interview after the final whistle, Grant was reduced to tears at suggestion­s the team lacked pride, but moved to set the record straight.

“Of course we have pride in this black dress. It means a lot to every single one of us,” Grant said. “We were little kids, young girls growing up playing netball, and this is all we wanted. There’s a lot of pride in this dress and it’s hard to take.”

The loss meant the Ferns had to play a waiting game to see if they progressed from the pool stages of the Games.

Despite losing twice, the Ferns advanced the semifinals where they will likely face favourites Australia.

— Christophe­r Reive

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