31 Oct 2015

Jodi Brown retires

10:52 am on 31 October 2015

Silver Ferns shooter Jodi Brown has announced her retirement from international netball, following the final game of the 2015 Constellation Cup.

Silver Ferns shooter Jodi Brown tangles with England's Eboni Beckford-Chambers during the 2012 New World Quad Series at TSB Bank Arena, Wellington, New Zealand on Thursday 25 October 2012. Photo: Justin Arthur / photosport.co.nz

Silver Ferns shooter Jodi Brown tangles with England's Eboni Beckford-Chambers in 2012 Photo: Photosport

Brown was named the Most Valuable Player for her 34 goals at 82 percent accuracy as New Zealand comprehensively won the fourth Test against Australia in Perth overnight.

Their efforts in the 58-47 victory to square the the Cup at two games each still came an agonising three goals short of overturning the Diamonds' goal difference.

Brown leaves the international arena having played 61 Tests for the Ferns since making her debut against Niue in Kingston, Jamaica in July, 2003.

She was part of New Zealand's 2003 World Cup-winning team, and won silver medals at the 2007 and 2015 World Cups, and the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Jodi Brown

Jodi Brown Photo: Photosport

Brown said she felt the time was right to finish her international career and take more time to be with her husband and young family.

"It has been an enormous privilege to be part of such an incredible team beginning my career as the junior in the 2003 World Cup team and now ending it as part of an outstanding Silver Ferns senior leadership group," Brown said.

"It's an honour to represent New Zealand and the Silver Ferns but I am now very much looking forward to spending more quality time with my family, Kiana (6), Aria (4) and husband Markham."

"I am excited about the young talent coming into the team and I know the future is looking bright!"

Netball New Zealand chief executive Hilary Poole said Brown had been an outstanding contributor to the Silver Ferns for over a decade.

"I want to congratulate Jodi on a remarkable international Netball career; she is a wonderful ambassador for our sport and has played a significant role in the Silver Ferns programme both on and off the court," Poole said.

"She epitomises what it means to represent the Silver Ferns and wear the black dress; her work ethic, dedication, netball smarts and leadership are just some of her defining trademarks.

"Jodi is well respected by everyone involved in the sport and we wish her well in the future."

Brown will continue to play in the ANZ Championship with the Central Pulse in 2016.

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