Former Silver Fern Joline Henry has called it quits on netball in New Zealand. However, the former defender won't be leaving the sport entirely.
Henry is ending an 18-year commitment to playing elite netball in New Zealand to commit to a new proposal. She says, “Getting ready for a wedding in three weeks so that's occupying a lot of time I didn't really realise how much goes into organising one of those.”
The 33-year-old and her partner Leif Johansson with their son Te Aihireinga will be moving to England in the New Year to help assist the Mavericks netball club in the England Super League.
She debuted for the Silver Ferns in 2004. She was close friends with players like Irene van Dyk and was an explosive defender and feeder.
Henry has also experienced the heartache of missing gold at the World Champs against Australia in 2007 and 2011. But she helped her team pick up gold in 2010 at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
Henry says, “I kind of really enjoy the moment I've got a two-year-old son. That where my decision to step away from game came from. I've been at home for six weeks and he completely blossomed having had me at home full-time so that was an easy decision for me.”
Joline and Leif will marry in Whangamatā on December 4.