Netball: Trophy magnet Katrina Rore contemplated retirement following Commonwealth Games debacle

Katrina Rore has revealed she almost gave up netball for good, after she was sensationally dropped from the Silver Ferns last year.

Now back home after winning her third major title of 2019, she's had time to look at what's next, but not before she's finally able to reflect on a whirlwind two months.

First, the Netball World Cup in July and this time last week, she was helping the New South Wales Swifts win Australia's Super Netball Grand Final.

Those two career highlights came months after she led the Central Pulse to their first ANZ Premiership crown - a rare treble for any netballer.

"This year has been a dream year," Rore told Newshub. "I was loving having one title, but three is unreal." 

Turn the clock back 12 months and the story was a very different.

Rore lost the captaincy of the Silver Ferns, after a horror Commonwealth Games campaign, where New Zealand finished out of the medals.

Then incoming coach Noeline Taurua dropped her from the team for the January tour of England.

"One hundred percent, I thought my international career was over - without a doubt.

"It was a time for me to reflect and ask myself if netball was still what I wanted to do."

Netball: Trophy magnet Katrina Rore contemplated retirement following Commonwealth Games debacle
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Rore's reflection led to her refocusing on her career and setting goals, which started with the Pulse. Her form for the Wellington-based side earned a ticket to the World Cup she so desperately craved.  

But a worrisome calf injury threatened to derail her Silver Ferns campaign before it started, which had Rore questioning if she was cursed.

But the medical staff did a stellar job nursing her back to full fitness and she played an integral role in the Ferns' World Cup win. 

"It really hasn't sunk in - like, things could have been so different from the beginning of the year."

As for wanting the captaincy again? Rore is non-committal, even with Laura Langman's long-term future in doubt.

But she is amped for the upcoming Constellation Cup against Australia, with a wandering eye on Commonwealth Games redemption at Durban 2022. 

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