Two emotional Press Conferences with two completely different emotions. New Zealand captain Casey Kopua could hardly contain her tears when asked how she felt to captain a losing team, admitting “no-one loves to lose and it certainly wasn’t the fairy tale ending I, or the girls had wanted.”
Winning Australian captain Laura Geitz was also teary but it was with an over whelming delight that she said “it was so special to captain this team of girls,” adding “it was a long time coming- not just the last 10 days. These victories don’t happen overnight, rather it is the months of hard work by all the team staff behind the scenes who we are grateful to when the final whistle blows.”
She also talked of the pride of the victory saying “the girls and I don’t ever take the green and gold for granted so this is a very special moment to share.”
Both coaches were delighted with the performance of their players and neither is making and quick decisions about the future.
Australian coach Lisa Alexander paid tribute to the Silver Ferns saying “The Ferns have a proud record and always come back. Against them it is always a great contest and they chipped away at our lead. They will be gutted.’
Ferns coach Wai Taumauna summed up the match saying “we started over excited and over anxious in the first quarter and although we calmed down and played our game we could not recover.”
Gutted, both Wai and Casey are taking time out to ponder the future. “Today is not the right time to make any decisions for me or the players. Those can wait for the next few weeks.”
However she is delighted about the future of the Silver Ferns saying “the exciting thing to come out of this World Cup is that we have a group of exciting youngsters who haven’t realised how good they really are.”
Similarly a dejected Kopua is delaying any thought of retirement until she has gone away. “I am going on a much needed holiday and I will not be thinking about netball,” she said.
Laura Geitz is also not making any decisions- “although Lisa and I have a meeting tomorrow morning and no doubt that discussion is on the agenda,” laughs Geitz.
Alexander admitted that the victory was not only a magic moment, but one of total relief saying, “until now I have not admitted how hard it is to not only win back to back world titles, but to win that at home where the expectations are extremely high and the pressure on the team is huge. So today is doubly good.”
Alexander has a four year contract to coach Australia and is justifiably proud of coaching the Diamonds to both the Commonwealth Games and the World Cup – the first time in 16 years they have held both titles.
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