Golden finish for NZ at Games

8:41 am on 15 October 2010

The Commonwealth Games in Delhi ended on a golden note for New Zealand.

The Silver Ferns beat Australia in the netball on Thursday to push the gold medal tally to six and the overall total from 34 to 36.

New Zealand went into the closing ceremony with six golds, 22 silvers and eight bronzes, 11th on the medal table.

The Silver Ferns were almost speechless after their match, partly because of exhaustion and partly because of excitement.

The match was level at 47-47 at the end of fulltime and 58-58 after extra time.

The two teams then went shot for shot until Maria Tutaia slotted the necessary two goal advantage to win 66-64.

Captain Casey Williams says it was the most memorable and demanding match she'd played.

Williams and Katrina Grant played the entire game in the defence circle.

Joline Henry and Anna Scarlett split the wing defence duties. Laura Langman played the full game at centre and Temepara George and Liana Barrett-Chase shared the wing attack job.

Maria Tutaia had a superb game, shooting 41 from 50 attempts, many from long range, while Irene van Dyk landed 25 goals.

New Zealand were the defending champions.

England defeated Jamaica 70-47 in the bronze medal match.

Proud of NZ team

New Zealand chef de mission Dave Currie says New Zealand athletes performed exceptionally well.

He told Morning Reprot he's proud of their performance at the Games.