Aussie netball coach hails lifting move
Aussie netball coach hails lifting move

Australian netball coach Lisa Alexander has hailed rugby lineout-type lifting as a great innovation for the game but, like her New Zealand counterpart, doubts it will be used much in Tests.

Northern Mystics defender Anna Harrison pulled off some spectacular deflections following assisted lifts from teammates in Sunday's trans-Tasman win over the Vixens in Melbourne.

Alexander was among the spectators at Hisense Arena wowed by the move, which has rarely been seen in top flight netball, though it dates back to the 1970s.

"It's great for our game and credit to them for putting it out there," she said.

"It's a great innovation, but we'll be doing our best to counteract it as well. Now we've got to put our thinking caps on as coaches and come up with ways to counteract it."

She said Australia had trialled the tactic at training under her predecessor Norma Plummer.

Alexander suggested she could use it in a game, but it wasn't likely to become a standard part of the Diamonds' defensive strategy.

"You never know, I never say never," Alexander said.

New Zealand coach Waimarama Taumaunu says the Harrison hoist is an option the Silver Ferns will look at seriously but it is difficult to see it being used frequently.

The move is hard to execute but Harrison made it look deceptively simple, Taumaunu says.

The move has generated plenty of comment about its legality.

Netball Australia national director of umpiring Chris Burton stressed that while what Harrison did was unorthodox it was allowed under the rules.

"Any thrown or shot ball may be intercepted at any point in time from its release to either its receipt or its success as a shot at goal," Burton said.

She pointed out the tactic was used by Singapore against Sri Lanka's 206cm goal shooter Tharjini Sivalingam at last year's world championships and as far back as the 1970s by former high jump champion Chris Stanton.

NZ Newswire

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