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Agbeze wins cheers with post-netball mihi

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/09/2017 Cathy Walshe

Ama Agbeze of England © Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images Ama Agbeze of England Lining up against the Silver Ferns for a nailbiting series decider wasn't as stressful for England netball captain Ama Agbeze as her after-match speech.

The 34-year-old defender drew loud cheers from a packed Claudelands Arena in Hamilton on Wednesday night when she included a few well-spoken sentences in te reo during the post-match presentations.

Agbeze's efforts, in Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori, were well-received but the 84-cap veteran admitted to plenty of nervousness beforehand.

She'd been receiving instruction from former Silver Ferns defender Te Huinga Reo Selby-Rickit, sister of current goal attack Te Paea.

"I had a very good teacher, but I've been busy with training and captaining, so today I actually started practising," Agbeze said.

"I was more stressed about my speech than the game, which is odd.

"I'm glad it was - hopefully - OK, and my pronunciation was OK."

The Roses pushed the Silver Ferns all the way in the third and final Test for the Taini Jamison Trophy, with the New Zealanders edging away in the last quarter for a 62-55 win.

The scoreline replicated that of their first Test in Wellington last week, while England won the second match 49-46 in Napier three days ago.

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