'Netball is dead': Aussie fans fume over 'craziest, dumb decision'

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter
Stephanie Wood of the Lightning shoots during the Super Netball Grand Final match between the Sunshine Coast Lightning and the Sydney Swifts. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

The netball community is divided over a new two-goal Super Shot rule added heading into the new season, which has prompted backlash from many fans.

Super Netball announced a host of new elements to feature in the upcoming season including the Super Shot and and provision for extra time plus rolling substitutions to be introduced when the delayed season starts in August.

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The Super Shot announced by Super Netball CEO Chris Symington on Tuesday will provide goal attacks and goal shooters the opportunity to score two goals with one shot from a 1.9 metre designated zone within the goal circle.

It will only be active in the final five minutes of each quarter.

The Super Shot introduction had fans, reporters and some players confused after previously sharing negative feedback towards the rule.

However, Australian netball legend Liz Ellis said she was excited to see how this new rule, which benefits long shooters, plays out.

Melbourne Vixens coach expresses shock

Heading into its fourth season, the elite Australian-based netball competition has shown a willingness to innovate to add excitement.

It successfully implemented the awarding of a bonus point to the team that wins each quarter of a match.

"Our statistical analysis of the first three seasons found that almost 90 per cent of goals scored were within three metres of the goal post," Symington said.

"We know that the long shot is statistically more challenging, but the game has always been predicated on the ability for our shooters to score from anywhere in the circle.

"We want to encourage this spectacular element of our game and, when combined with the introduction of rolling substitutions this year, we believe the Super Shot will spark new tactics, further showcase the world-class skills of our athletes and add another level of hype and excitement to our matches."

Sam Wallace of the Swifts catches the ball during the Super Netball Grand Final match between the Sunshine Coast Lightning and the Sydney Swifts in 2019. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Melbourne Vixens head coach Simone McKinnis expressed ‘shock’ the new rule was included just six weeks out from the season.

“I was shocked…I know it’s something that’s been talked about for a while, but for it to be announced right now, it’s really come a bit out of the blue,” McKinnis said in a Vixen statement.

“Generally, I’m not a fan of it [these types of rule changes] but if that’s the decision that’s been made then we just get on with it.

“I’m rapt with addition of extra time…that’s really good. I’m not a two-point shot fan, but as I said, we get on with it.”

If scores are tied at the end of the match, teams will now play five minutes of extra time - and the Super Shot will be active for this entire five minutes.

The 2020 season begins on Saturday, August 1, with the fixture to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

With AAP