26 Sep 2009

Silver Ferns coach Ruth Aitken not sure about World Series format

2:16 pm on 26 September 2009

Netball New Zealand has named a full strength squad of 15 for next month's world series and tests against England and Jamaica with midcourter Liana Barrett-Chase back after missing four of the tests against Australia due to a calf injury.

Only New Zealand under 21 reps Charlotte Kight and Camilla Lees yet to play a test and they may get their chance either against England in Bath or Jamaica in Kingston.

The inaugural World Netball Series introduces a shortened version of the game including rolling

substitutions, shooting from outside the goal circle and power plays.

The Silver Ferns coach Ruth Aitken isn't sure how the new format is going to work.

The shortened game will have six minute quarters and goals worth two points if they're shot from outside the circle.

Aitken says shooters Maria Tutaia and Irene Van Dyk practice long shots and the format will be interesting, with teams having to decide whether to risk going for two pointers or take the safer one point option.

There's also the possibility of scoring a four pointer in their power play quarter when points are doubled.

The series will involve the world's top six netball nations - Australia, New Zealand England, Jamaica, Samoa and Malawi - with each game being played over four six-minute quarters.

The Silver Ferns will then play one test against England in Bath and two against Jamaica in Kingston.

The full squad is: Casey Williams (captain), Liana Barrett-Chase, Temepara George, Katrina Grant, Paula Griffin, Joline Henry, Charlotte Kight, Laura Langman, Camilla Lees, Wendy Telfer, Anna Thompson, Maria Tutaia, Irene van Dyk, Larrissa Willcox.