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The Silver Ferns' Quad Series hopes have been dashed, but not without them putting in a worthy fight, after going down 53-50 to the Australian Diamonds in London on Sunday morning (NZ time).
Australia have been rocked by further injury on the eve of their high-stakes netball Quad Series double-header in London, with defender Gabi Simpson lowered by a leg injury.
Laura Langman isn't yet ready to make a decision about her Silver Ferns future post July's Netball World Cup.
OPINION: An ugly loss to Australia sans Caitlin Bassett would destroy any slim confidence the Silver Ferns have six months out from the Netball World Cup.
Noeline Taurua hopes the rare 'sinbinning' of Silver Ferns defender Karin Burger serves as a valuable reminder to her players.
The Silver Ferns have been handed a stern reality check by England at the venue for the 2019 Netball World Cup.
Silver Ferns midcourter Laura Langman has been re-elected as the team's captain through the end of the Netball World Cup in England in July.
Australian Diamonds captain and goal shoot Caitlin Bassett will miss netball's Quad Series in England after fracturing her left foreman during a practice match in Manchester.
Australian coach Lisa Alexander has effectively dangled tickets to the World Cup in front of her players if they perform in the Quad Series.
Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua threw her dice up in the air before Christmas, making wholesale changes to her squad for this month's Quad Series in England.
So that was 2018, with sporting memories fond and foul. Over the last 11 days of the year, we're publishing 11 of the best sports reads of 2018. Today, we finish the year with senior sports writer Kevin Norquay's take on the axing of former Silver Ferns captain Katrina Rore.
No picture encapsulated the Silver Ferns' tumultuous 2018 better than the netball tears and humiliation at the Commonwealth Games.
To be a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit: SALTER, Mrs Georgina Hera (Deceased. Her Majesty's approval of this award took effect on 27 November 2018, prior to the date of decease.)