After losing to England by a record margin of 13 goals, the Silver Ferns thumped South Africa by 24 goals and narrowly went down to Australia by 5. While the Silver Ferns never looked like taking the last game, they were far more competitive than anyone would’ve expected just a month ago. With the injection of Noeline Taurua as coach, and legends Laura Langman and Casey Kopua into the squad, they’ve knuckled down to some hard work. Morale has lifted, confidence improved, and new life has been breathed into despondent fans. No one enjoyed watching New Zealand’s horror run at the Commonwealth Games, so it’s heartening to see they’re back in business.