Silver Ferns announce Quad Series squad, with former captain missing out on selection

Netball New Zealand selectors announced a squad of 12 to head to England next month where the Silver Ferns will play the hosts along with Australia and South Africa from January 13-20.

Former New Zealand captain Katrina Rore (nee Grant) was a shock omission from the Silver Ferns squad to contest next month's Quad Series in England.

Captain Katrina Rore being comforted as New Zealand leave the court after losing to England at The Commonwealth Games earlier this year

The latest selection proved one of coach Noeline Taurua's toughest yet during her short reign as head coach, as she put 25 hopefuls through a rigorous training camp in Auckland this week.

The biggest surprise was the omission of Rore, who captained the Silver Ferns during their disastrous Commonwealth Games campaign.

Noeline Taurua explained how she went about selection for the Series:

"It was a tough call in that defensive end, we're very clear about the areas that we want to put out on court or each player to be able to do and it just happened to be that others were able to do it better"

"She's not included in this squad for Northern Quad but everybody will be available for the Worlds.

"Katrina has had a massive couple of years and even though she's totally disappointed, I know she will be back and this opportunity also gives her the possibility of doing other things outside of netball.

"I need people who can perform and consistently perform and the ones who have been selected performed over this week."

Taurua said with the step up in intensity, her job of selecting had become more difficult particularly through the mid-court and defensive ends which hold plenty of promise.

"I'm liking what I'm seeing," she said. "I liked the quality that was out there and that people certainly weren't taking their position for granted.

"Our strength is the collective. Everybody has contributed to the final 12 and because of that the door will remain open for everybody going into the ANZ Premiership. This is just one stage of the journey of where we need to get to. I'm grateful we have all committed we will do it together."

Silver Ferns team for 2019 Quad Series: Ameliaranne Ekenasio, Maria Folau, Maia Wilson, Gina Crampton, Laura Langman, Kimiora Poi, Sam Sinclair, Whitney Souness, Karin Burger, Casey Kopua, Erena Mikaere, Jane Watson.

The Vitality Roses will be back in action in January 2019 when they face Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in the Vitality Netball International Series, as part of the Netball Quad Series!

By Kate Lightfoot

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