28 Oct 2008

Plummer unconcerned about losing top ranking

6:44 am on 28 October 2008

Australia's netball coach Norma Plummer is counting on a party rather than extra pressure to change the fortunes of her side in the second and final test against the Silver Ferns in Brisbane on Saturday night.

Australia blew an eight-goal first quarter lead to go down 46-41 to the Silver Ferns in the first test on Sunday night. It was the Australians' second loss in three tests to New Zealand and puts their world No.1 ranking in jeopardy.

But Plummer says believes her inexperienced line-up will be the better for the outing.

Australia's entire squad for the Melbourne match totalled 162 caps, a figure equalled by New Zealand's goal shooter Irene van Dyk on her own.

Plummer says rather than put pressure on her side rather they'll be relaxing initially on the Gold Coast before preparing for this weekend's test.