22 Jan 2018

Silver Ferns too predictable, says Willering

11:04 am on 22 January 2018

Former New Zealand netball coach Yvonne Willering says the Silver Ferns can no longer consider themselves the second best team in the world.

Former Silver Ferns coach Yvonne Willering has concerns about the lack of depth of international standard players.

Yvonne Willering. Photo: Photosport

New Zealand blew a-six goal lead in the final quarter against England in their Quad Series opener in London yesterday before losing 64-57 in extra time.

It's the third time in less than six months that England have beaten the Silver Ferns and comes off the back of four straight losses to Australia in October.

Willering, the Ferns coach from 1997 to 2001, said New Zealand's attacking line up has become too predictable.

"Maybe we need to cut off the Mes and Folou (nee Tutaia) combination, yes they're shooting well but we're having difficulty getting the ball to them and at times there are critical mistakes being made so change the combination.

"Maybe put Folou in at goal shoot and put Te Paea Selby-Rickit into goal attack. That will add different responsibilities to individual team members," Willering said.

A downcast Silver Ferns captain Katrina Grant after a rare loss to England.

A downcast Silver Ferns captain Katrina Grant after a rare loss to England. Photo: Photosport

She said Silver Ferns fans should not hit the panic button just yet despite the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games being just around the corner in April.

The fact that England, South Africa and Jamaica were becoming more competitive was a good thing for international netball, Willering said.

Australia is ranked number one in the world.

"We're now in a situation where we're going to be delighted if we beat South Africa and we play well, which again in the past would've been a natural expectation."

The Silver Ferns play South Africa in their second Quad Series match in Johannesburg on Friday morning.

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