England captain Ama Agbeze impresses with te reo opening
England netball captain Ama Agbeze has got behind Māori Language Week.
Speaking after England's 62-55 loss to the Silver Ferns in Hamilton on Wednesday night, Agbeze, who was born in Birmingham, started off her post-match speech in te reo.
It was fitting considering it is Māori Language Week and her effort was well received by those still at Claudelands Arena and the teams.
Agbeze had help from South Steel defender Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit, who is fluent in Māori and is the sister of Silver Ferns shooter Te Paea Selby-Rickit
"I had a very good teacher - Te Paea Selby-Rickit's sister," Agbeze said.
"She sent me stuff but I've just been busy with training and captaining so [on Wednesday] I actually started practicing, and I was more stressed about my speech than the game, which was odd."
But Agbeze sounded the part and practice must have paid off.
Agbeze and Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit played together in their days at the Central Pulse.