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Irene van Dyk retires from international netball

Last updated 12:31 05/06/2014
Irene van Dyk
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SHARP SHOOTER: Irene van Dyk was a formidable competitor in netball, playing at the international level for 20 years.

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Silver Fern shooter Irene van Dyk has retired from international netball.

Van Dyk, who will turn 42 this month, made the decision in consultation with her family.

"I needed to be true to myself," she said.

"I have always said I would step down when I felt the timing was right.

"This year [Glasgow Commonwealth Games] and next year [World Cup] are the most significant netball events on our calendar, and if I can't be better than the best for the Silver Ferns, then it's my time to finish now.

"I have really high expectations of myself, and my match statistics over the past few months in the ANZ Championship are simply not good enough to justify taking my game to the international level."

Van Dyk's decision comes seven weeks before the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, where the Silver Ferns are the reigning gold medallists.

"I have full confidence in Wai and the girls and there's no doubt in my mind they can win the gold medals," she said.

"The Silver Ferns group has so much amazing talent and I know they will do the job."

Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu said she respected van Dyk's decision.

"Playing at the elite level for 20 years is unheard of in the game of netball," she said.

"Irene is one of the truly greats of the international game. She is the most-capped player in the world and an incredible role model to all aspiring netballers."

Van Dyk amassed 217 test caps, with the first 72 coming for her native South Africa.

She has played for the Silver Ferns since 2000, winning every possible title and accolade in the game.

She intends playing for the Central Pulse again next year.

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