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Tania Dalton's final lap of stadium

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/03/2017
Tania Dalton © Getty Images Tania Dalton

Former Silver Fern Tania Dalton was taken for one final lap of North Harbour Stadium at the conclusion of her memorial service.

She was carried out by her husband, daughter and brothers from the service on Monday afternoon where thousands gathered to pay their respects and farewell her.

The hearse then drove her casket for a final lap of the stadium, where friends and family cheered from the seats.

The family then took her to a private cremation.

Her memorial service took place over two and a half hours, where many family and friends spoke fondly of their time with her, including TV personality Bernadine Oliver Kirby.

Oliver Kirby's children attended school with Dalton's, and shared humorous stories of the "multi-tasking mum", including food fights at school quiz nights.

Fellow former team mate Bernice Mene was another close friend who shared fond memories of "T-Bag", as she was affectionately known.

Dalton's "big, infectious laugh" and cheeky nature was a frequent topic when reminiscing the 45-year-old, and she's described as being the life of the party.

Family spokesman, MC and SKY commentator Scotty Stevenson said "no room was ever going to be big enough for this day," as he addressed the room, which was jam packed.

The service began at 1.26pm, the same time the decision was made to turn off life support, and Mr Stevenson listed other reasons it's a special number, including a number of birthdays.

Her three older brothers paid tribute to their younger sister, as well as a local priest and other friends and family.

Her nephews also played a version of one of her favourite songs, The Scientist, by Coldplay.

Netball New Zealand live-streamed the funeral service on YouTube, prompting many to pay their respects in the comments.

Dalton died last Wednesday, nearly a week after suffering a brain aneurysm during a social game of touch rugby in Takapuna.

A mother of three, Dalton played 12 Tests mostly at shooter across an 11-year international career which finished in 2007.

She was part of the 2003 world championship-winning team, and also in the side that finished runners-up four years earlier.

Dalton's former teammates at the Southern Sting and Southern Steel joined a public service at ILT Stadium in Invercargill which took the live stream from the service at North Harbour.

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