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Ferns preparing to unleash new tactic in series finale

Caitlin Bassett of Australia and Anna Harrison of New Zealand during game three of the Constellation Cup netball series.
Caitlin Bassett of Australia and Anna Harrison of New Zealand during game three of the Constellation Cup netball series. DAVID ROWLAND

NETBALL: Silver Ferns defender Anna Harrison is preparing to unleash a bold new defensive tactic in tomorrow night's Constellation Cup finale in Invercargill.

The athletic defender, who introduced the Harrison Hoist - a ploy where a defender is lifted in order to block a shot - to top-level netball, has been working on a new innovation in her defence against shooting.

The Ferns have trialled the new move in training this week as they continue to look at ways to curtail the impact of 193cm Diamonds shooter Caitlin Bassett.

New Zealand coach Janine Southby said she was comfortable with Harrison using the tactic in the final clash of the series after the umpires found no issue with the move when it was used in a training match this morning.

"I think the girls are keen to have a go, we were just seeing what reaction we got today (from the umpires) and they were okay with it,” Southby said.

"The big thing is the timing of it. The game is so fast so it is not going to happen every time, but I certainly think it's something we can use going forward.”

Harrison warned the defensive ploy was still being perfected and it wouldn't be the magic bullet to breaking down the well-drilled Diamonds attacking unit.

"It's very new, and there will be bloopers. We might not even get to do it. It's kind of similar to the lift in that you can only do it when everything aligns,” the veteran defender said.

"I don't know if it is going to be as effective as I had hoped in my mind, but I definitely want to put it out there and it's all about getting the shooters to think about something else other than being comfortable under the goal.”

NZ HERALD

Topics:  constellation cup diamonds silver ferns


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