24 Sep 2012

Dumb errors cost Ferns a clean sweep

7:26 am on 24 September 2012

The New Zealand netball coach Waimarama Taumaunu slated her team for their dumb errors following the 59-53 loss to Australia in the third Constellation Cup test in Christchurch.

The home side let a five-goal first quarter lead slip as Australia played a dominant hand through the second and third quarters to prevent a Silver Ferns clean sweep.

New Zealand had already secured the three-game Constellation Cup series and Taumaunu says everyone was just sloppy.

Taumaunu did praise the veteran shooter Jodi Brown, who played her first test in five years after goal attack Maria Tutaia was ruled out with a knee injury.

Captain Casey Williams was again left on the bench with her knee injury while rising young Northern Mystics defender Kayla Cullen took over the wing defence's bib from Anna Harrison in the Silver Ferns starting line-up.