World Cup-winning captain Laura Langman says the Silver Ferns were ‘humbled and grateful’ to get over the line in a hugely entertaining final.
The Silver Ferns, who have lost the last three World Cup finals to their Australian rivals, triumphed by a single goal in Liverpool, securing their fifth title.
Afterwards, Langman said:
“It was hotly contested. Given five more minutes the result could have been different, so we’re grateful and very humbled by this occasion.
“We always knew it was going to be tight, and I thought we were up and down throughout the game, but so were Australia. Coming down to the final period where we just needed to score on our own ball, we showed really good patience and ball retention. Everyone contributed.”
Langman, who was part of those silver medal-winning New Zealand teams in each of the last three tournaments, described the feeling of finally holding the trophy aloft.
“Fourth time lucky, on a personal note! It’s been a long time between drinks! There have been numerous occasions when we’ve come so close and haven’t quite got across the line, so to get across the line is so special. What a game!”
Langman also praised the tournament as a whole, saying:
“I just think Liverpool did a fantastic job – they certainly lived to their pillars. I just genuinely think there’s a good appreciation for good sport out there. What a stage to play on, and it’s definitely one for the memory bank.”