17 Jul 2012

George plays last game

10:38 pm on 17 July 2012

Silver Ferns midcourter Temepara George has played her last game of netball.

The Northern Mystics captain was the team's longest-serving player. She played every quarter of every game for the franchise in the trans-Tasman series.

George, 36, says she will move into some coaching with the Mystics as well as television work for Sky.

Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic netballers beat the Mystics by 57 - 48 in extra time in Auckland on Monday night, to reach the trans-Tasman championship final against the Vixens in Melbourne on Sunday.

The result brought down the curtain on her career.

George made her international debut in 2000 and won everything in netball aside from the ANZ Championship, including the world championship in 2003 and two consecutive Commmonwealth Games gold medals.

Van Dyk plays on after hearing of mum's death

Magic player and Silver Ferns shooter Irene van Dyk played just hours after learning her mother had died.

Van Dyk's mother passed away in South Africa on Monday after a long battle with cancer.

She says her mother, also Irene, would have wanted her to carry on with the game as she's been a big supporter throughout her netball career.

Van Dyk will play in Sunday's final before heading to South Africa for her mother's funeral next week.