Silver Ferns captain quiet on background issues

NATHAN BURDON IN GLASGOW
Last updated 05:00 05/08/2014
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LAWRENCE SMITH/Fairfax NZ

GLUM GATHERING: The Silver Ferns in sombre mood after receiving their silver medals.

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Silver Ferns skipper Casey Kopua has hinted at trouble behind the scenes at the Commonwealth Games.

Injuries to shooters Maria Tutaia and Cathrine Latu hampered the campaign in Glasgow but Kopua alluded to other issues which had gone on in the background, but wouldn't go into details.

What exactly those problems were remains unclear but it does go some way to explaining the 58-40 hiding to Australia in the gold medal match and two underwhelming outings earlier against Jamaica and England.

The Ferns flopped in Glasgow, not that Kopua admitted as much.

"I still think we showed a lot of pride, a lot of heart out on the court. We still made our country very proud, but our expectations were to win gold and nothing else. It's an emotional feeling when you don't get what you want," Kopua said.

"Everybody sets high expectations, we were only coming here for one colour and we are emotional girls - I guess when you don't get what you are aiming for, you've been working hard for three or four years ... "

"We'll move forward from it. The sun is still going to shine tomorrow and life will still go on. It's not over and we are still looking forward to Sydney next year (World Cup) in 2015, which is still part of our buildup."

As of last night none of the Ferns were considering retirement.

Veteran Leana de Bruin said it was not the right time to be making any decisions.

"I'm still enjoying the game, still love it. I've just got to go home and see what the future holds and take it from there." Fairfax NZ

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