Silver Fern Joline Henry played with broken finger
NATHAN BURDON IN GLASGOW
Silver Ferns midcourter Joline Henry played the final two games of the Commonwealth Games with a badly broken finger.
Henry was injured during New Zealand's tense final pool play game against Jamaica, where it's understood a finger in her left hand was so badly broken that it pierced the skin.
Henry had to have the finger splinted and bandaged for the one-goal semifinal win over England and the disappointing 58-40 loss to Australia in the final.
The Silver Ferns had a horror run of injuries during their Games campaign, starting with Ellen Halpenny who sprained her ankle early in her international debut against Scotland.
Maria Tutaia suffered a serious foot sprain that threatened to make her unavailable for the rest of the competition, but after wearing a moon boot and using crutches for most of the week she was able to start in the final against Australia.
Cathrine Latu also came on late in the final against the Diamonds after struggling to recover from a calf strain.
However, the finger injury to the stoic Henry was not widely known outside the team.
The Pulse veteran also wore a black armband earlier in the Games after the recent death of a close family member.
The Silver Ferns have disbanded now and several, including Jodi Brown, have opted to go on extended overseas holidays.
Those involved in the Commonwealth Games have mandatory six week breaks until the Silver Ferns trials in Auckland in September.
Those trials will select a wider 18-person squad, along with the team to play a four-test Constellation Cup series against Australia, starting in Invercargill on October 2.
The Silver Ferns then play a two test series against England in Rotorua and Palmerston North at the end of October.
England had a tough Commonwealth Games, losing to both Australia and New Zealand by one goal and then losing to Jamaica in the bronze medal playoff.