Masters silverware

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This plucky team of Queenstown netballers claimed silver at World Masters Games in Sydney – despite a lack of numbers.

Pictured from left are Sheryll Ford, Merrilyn Davidson, Dale Dagg, Suzanne Thompson-Jones, Paula Ward and Jackie Quickfall with their silver medals after finishing second in the over-45 recreational netball competition last week.

The World Masters Games, held every four years, attracted 28,000 athletes from 100 countries across 28 sports.

With three other former Queenstowners making up the Wakatipu Masters team, the nine women aged from 47 to 56 won their competition pool containing 11 teams before being beaten by Sydney-based Latte Ladies
in a separate final.

“We had the fewest players to call on for the week,” says captain Dagg – with seven players on the court, their reserves bench numbered just two for each game.

“Most of the other teams had between 10 and 15 players.”

The team returned to international competition after last competing at the World Masters Games’ competitive grade in Melbourne eight years ago – but it’s been about three years since they played together, Dagg says.

“We were surprised to have done so well. We were really pleased to come away with a medal – we didn’t go over there looking to do that.”