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Folau ready to launch into fourth campaign

Netball
3 Apr 2018

New Zealand’s Maria Folau has never looked fitter, or happier, but has admitted to feeling "ancient" on the eve of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The recently married attacking linchpin will begin her fourth Commonwealth Games when the New Zealand Silver Ferns meet Uganda on Thursday 5 April at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

"It's so funny. I feel ancient here," Folau said. "The (teammates) ask 'so, what were the other three Commonwealth Games like?' Oh my gosh, that's 12 years ago."

Folau, 31, made her international debut in 2005 and has represented New Zealand in three World Cups.

One of the most lethal long-range shooters in the game, she was the fourth Silver Fern to reach 100 caps and is almost certain to add to her 121-test tally at GC2018.

"My body feels great. I guess on court it feels 31 sometimes. But in my brain I'm a 12-year-old," Folau said.

New Zealand played a warm-up game on Tuesday morning (3 April) against Northern Ireland.

Folau started the game in partnership with Bailey Mes, but Te Paea Selby-Rickitr and Ameliaranne Ekenasio also were rotated through the shooting end.

This article was produced by Games News Service.