Birmingham Commonwealth Games: Silver Ferns prepare for shot at netball redemption

Four years on from their Gold Coast humiliation, the Silver Ferns are determined to make amends at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

The side were embarrassed in Australia, falling to Malawi and Jamaica, and failing to medal for the first time.

The team are adamant there won't be a repeat at this year's edition, which begins at the end of the month.

When the Silver Ferns were stunned in 2018, midcourter Gina Crampton was back home, taking it all in from her couch.

"It was hard watching the last Games," Crampton told Newshub. "Obviously, not being there, but also the results that happened."

Now the team's new captain, Crampton's determined to lead the side to redemption at Birmingham.

Among those whose wisdom she's sought out is Silver Ferns great and former captain Casey Kopua.

"She's someone I can relate to in terms of leadership style," said Crampton. "I obviously got to play with her at the World Cup as well, so I look up to her, but a good friend as well.

"It was really nice to speak to her before this."

The scars from 2018 are still evident with defender Kelly Jury.

"It's very fresh in our minds, how it feels to walk away from Commonwealth Games without a medal, so we don't want to have that happen again," Jury said.

Coach Dame Noeline Taurua also wasn't there four years ago, but believes they're ahead of schedule for Birmingham.

"I know my best team," Dame Noeline said. "I know the combinations.

"I know the people who will go on and we will work that, as we lead into the Commonwealth Games."

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