In this week’s What They Said
, we turn our attention to what everyone is talking about
in netball at the moment; the “Mystics Chair Lift” and how their new tactics are adding value to the game.
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nswswifts.com.au caught up with some of the news spreading across the trans-Tasman netball community on opinions on the Mystics new ‘chair lift’ defensive technique. Happy reading…
Our own NSW Swifts defender Mo’onia Gerrard gave the move wraps;
''For them to pull it off, it was like 'Yes!'…They've cracked the ice for us. It wouldn't surprise me if somebody else does it. I'm all positive about it.''
National Director of Umpiring in Australia, Chris Burton says it’s all legal;
“I think the defenders need accolades for trying something different and they risked in doing it.
“The teamed jump by Harrison has caused much discussion and there’s a lot of emotion with regard to its fairness and its legality.”
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Vixens shooter Karyn Howarth, whose shots were deflected / intercepted by the Mystics duo said to the Herald Sun
“Honestly, if you, as a defence, can come up with something that's within the rules that works like that then good on you."
Australian Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander's view;
"Definitely it adds variety to the game, and makes people sit up and take notice of it. It's great for our game and credit to them for putting it out there. 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."
Jenny May-Coffin, a former Silver Fern, says;
"I don't know if other teams will be gutsy enough to pick it up and to be perfectly honest they'll probably think 'no, we don't want to be following them...It has been around in netball circles for quite a while, the difference is that no one has had the guts to do it and pull it off in competition."
Bianca Chatfield, Vixens defender, says it has been considered before;
‘‘We actually have tried that a lot before - just at training, we’ve done it with the Diamonds, just experimenting, but we’ve never really pulled it off - it’s all been thoughts.”
Liz Ellis, former Australian defender, says;
“It has been thought of, and the reason it hasn't happened is because it's so hard to do. It's the type of thing that I would have loved to have done but was never quite good enough to do. It was brilliant. I loved it. I can't tell you how excited I was to see it.''
Former Silver Ferns coach Yvonne Willering says it could change game play;
“You can get around it, it's not that you're suddenly in big trouble, but it does mean that there's going to be a lot more close shooting, but it's give and take because one thing for the defenders then the attackers can apply the same rules.”
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After the 52-47 win over the West Coast Fever on the weekend, the NSW Swifts hit the road in the next three rounds starting with the Vixens in Melbourne at 2.20pm this Sunday, then to Brisbane to meet the Firebirds and then over to Perth for the Fever.
The team then returns home on Sunday 17 June at 2.20pm when they host the Adelaide Thunderbirds at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre in round 12 of the ANZ Championship - get tickets