The world champion Silver Ferns may play against men again this year to help fill a void in their international netball schedule.
The Quad Series, which was supposed to involve New Zealand,
Australia, England and South Africa and scheduled to be played on both
sides of the Tasman in September, has been cancelled due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on international travel.
The Ferns lost two games to a New Zealand men’s invitational team
last year before going on to winning the Netball World Cup in Liverpool.
Netball New Zealand head of high performance Keir Hansen said they
were keeping their minds open as they looked at organising
internationals in October.
“We’re looking at all our options, but obviously the Cadbury series
was really a successful event for us last year with Fiji, the men, the
All Stars and the Silver Ferns,” Hansen said.
“The success of that series and the men’s involvement is fresh in our
minds so we’re obviously thinking and talking about it, but we’re also
thinking about what are the options, what would be of interest of our
community and what would be good for the Silver Ferns and our high
performance programme as well.
“We’re thinking along those lines and looking at what options there
might be to ensure that we’re able to deliver a full international
season for the Silver Ferns one way or another.”
Officials remain unsure if they would be able to invite an international team to New Zealand, like Fiji.