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Langman still buzzing about debut

By By Dana Johnannsen

Published: 11:24AM Monday March 14, 2005 Source: One Sport

Less than 24 hours after making her test debut for the Silver Ferns on Saturday night, young midcourter Laura Langman was still on cloud nine.

The Waikato teenager ran on at wing-defence in the final quarter of New Zealand's opening test against England, which they won 52-30.

Having made her international debut in front of a rowdy near-capacity crowd at the North Shore Events Centre, Langman was still buzzing when she relived the moment on Sunday.

"It was a moment I'll definitely never forget," the 19-year-old told ONE Sport. "I didn't get to sleep until the early hours of the morning.

"I'm still buzzing, it was really awesome just to be able to get on and I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series."

Silver Ferns coach Ruth Aitken said after the match that she wanted to give Langman the opportunity to sit and observe England's play before she put the youngster on the court.

"There was definitely some wide eyes when I came and tapped her on the knee and said 'you're on at wing-defence'," Aitken says.

"It was really lovely, Joline Henry who comes from the Waikato with Laura was sitting next to her and she sort of went 'yay'."

And Langman did not disappoint when she got on court, holding her own against the nippy English midcourt.

Langman showed impressive speed to mark her opponent tightly and drove strongly on attack to help bring the ball through court.

But the modest Waikato University student gave the credit for her strong performance on debut to her team-mates.

"You really couldn't ask to go on to a better combination that was out there, so I was really lucky to have that opportunity and Bubby (Temepara George) just talked to me pretty much the whole time I was out there and they made it very smooth for me," she says.

Langman admits she found the pace and intensity of the match different to what she has ever experienced at NZU21 and National Bank Cup level. But the Magic midcourter is hungry for another taste of international competition.

"I can only imagine what it's like against the Aussies but it was pretty intense for me," she says. "It's really intense and quick and I just love it. It's definitely something I want more of."

And Langman says she will need to play a few more tests before she feels like a real Silver Fern.

"I think it'll take a few more caps before you can say I'm a proper Silver Fern but it was definitely a great experience and great to get out there on Saturday night."

While Langman says she doesn't quite feel like a proper Silver Fern, she's certainly already starting to talk like one.

The World Champions are always striving for the perfect game and are never quite satisfied with their performance regardless of the result. And Langman is no exception.

The teenager has already highlighted areas of her game she would like to improve on if she gets the chance to make it out on court in the second and third tests.

"Every game there's always something you want to improve on. For me I'd probably like to see myself be a little bit tighter, but it all depends on our gameplan and what our unit is working towards."