The Silver Ferns' Netball World Cup win over Australia on Monday morning left many Kiwis shocked.

The same national side that returned home from last year's Commonwealth Games medalless for the first time in their history had just been crowned champions of the world.

Very few picked the Silver Ferns to even make the World Cup grand final and then to topple netball giants the Australian Diamonds was something else altogether.

With everything that was stacked against them, the Silver Ferns were able to defy the odds. Here are seven road blocks New Zealand overcame on their way to their


A race against time

Nothing to their name

Lack of exposure to world-class competition


Taking out the favourites

All the stats against them

Australia's tactical approach

Unconvinced Kiwi fans