In another thrilling semi-final, the Silver Ferns’ exceptional start and powerful third quarter saw them win 47-45.
“Everyone out there did their jobs and did them well for 60 minutes. It was probably quite appropriate that the match was tennis-like, with Wimbledon having just finished, and to play on a stage like that was a pretty special moment.
“At half-time I think we were swaying away from our structures, but we’ve nailed our process of coming out after half-time, which I’m really pleased about. It was just about being ruthless.
New Zealand will now play Australia in the final, after the Diamonds beat South Africa earlier on today. Although the final has a familiar look to it, Langman believes that it will be a new-look Silver Ferns who take to the court.
“It’s been a journey. If you look around the players who got the nod here, there’s been so much personal development, so for us although the game is hugely important, it was so much more than that, and I think today you could tell what it meant – so it’s very special.
“We’ve worked hard in terms of self-responsibility and expectation. When you put on that black dress, there’s a minimum standard that you need to meet, and there’s no budging on it.
“Today, you saw that come to the fore, even though you probably couldn’t see much chatter going on during play, there was eye contact and a nudge in the right direction. The players stood up today against a formidable England side.”