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The other factor that has changed the face of modern netball is that players are bigger and taller. When New Zealand won the world title in Glasgow in 1987, none of their key shooters -- Margharet Matenga, Margaret Forsyth and Tracy Eyrl (later Shortland) -- were taller than 5ft 9in (1.75m). That just wouldn't do nowadays. Coaches want their defenders and shooters to be 6ft (1.83m), or taller. The netball court hasn't got any bigger -- players just fill more of the space. It's undeniable that there's a lot more pushing and shoving, barging, jolting with the hip, swinging of the elbows and so on. Sometimes the players milk it. A couple of weeks ago, Pulse shooter Donna Wilkins went down as if she'd been machinegunned after being dealt a hefty hip jolt and receiving some elbow attention from Queensland Firebirds cap- tain Laura Geitz. After the requisite few moments of obviously excruciating pain, Wilkins was off and running about again. Earlier this month, veteran Magic shooter Irene van Dyk accused West Coast Fever's attacking players of cross- ing the line'' into dirty play. Perhaps they did, but van Dyk certainly knows how to make her point on court and did so dur- ing that game. The answer isn't to gag players and coaches from making critical comment, as ANZ Championship officials are trying to do. The solution is to invest more power in the umpires. They should be encouraged to yellow card players for foul play. And the sin bin period should not be just a goal or two. Make it significant -- perhaps five minutes to begin with, and then longer for a team's second offence. Seven against six on a netball court is a very uneven contest. Once a few yellow cards get dished out, players will soon get the message. Umpires have the capacity now to remove players from the court, but are loath to do it. I recall it happening in a minor game at the 1987 world champs, and to Temepara George during the 2003 world final. But on both occasions, the players were off the court for just a minute or two, and their brief absence had little impact on the result. It's up to the game's administrators to instruct umpires that much stronger action is needed for players who blatantly ignore netball's non-contact'' ethos. National selection for Norths player Teenage Norths netballer Whitney Souness has been selected for the New Zealand Secondary School team. As a Northern United Netball Club baby, rising through the novice, junior and premier grades, Whitney's success is a testament to Norths' commitment to developing young players through its Junior Club programme, club president Elaine Wi said. This is the first time Norths netball have ever had a New Zealand netball rep- resentative in our club and we are very proud of Whitney.'' Eleven years ago, 6-year-old Whitney turned up to play netball for the Norths' Novice C team, and it was evident then that Whitney's skills and personality would catapult her into the world of elite netball, Ms Wi said. Netball runs in the family for Whitney, a St Mary's year 13 student. Her sister Adrianna is a senior Norths player and former Kapi Mana represen- tative, and her father, David, supports his girls every Saturday without fail. In 2011 he was formally recognised by the club for his ongoing support. Auntie Mata is Whitney's self- appointed chauffeur, and her mum, Silifa, a former player and senior club coach, can be credited for much of Whitney's skill and technique.
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