Netball World Cup 2019: Casey Kopua ecstatic to end Silver Ferns career with gold medal

Silver Ferns defender Casey Kopua's decision to have one more crack at the Netball World Cup has paid dividends.

Having walked away from the international spotlight in early 2017,  following the birth of her daughter Maia, the 34-year-old came out of retirement last year when Noeline Tauraua was named as Silver Ferns coach after the failure at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. 

And in her 112th and final test in the black dress, Kopua was named most-valuable-player as the Silver Ferns won the 2019 Netball World Cup with a 52-51 win over trans-Tasman rivals Australia in Liverpool on Monday (NZ time). 

She's won nearly everything there is in the game, two national titles an ANZ Championship, and two Commonwealth golds.

But the World Cup had always eluded her during her career, until today. 

"This is the biggest highlight of my life," Kopua told the AM Show. "To share it with these 12 girls is amazing and I'm so happy and looking forward to celebrating because this moment will never happen again. 

"We planned this from August last year and for it to come to the front and to feel so good about it is unreal. 

"I don't regret it. I've loved being apart of all the journeys, and I look forward to the next one."