26 Apr 2011

Netball New Zealand says it didn't make legal blunder over Latu

7:17 pm on 26 April 2011

Netball New Zealand denies it's made a legal blunder in trying to have former Samoa shooter Cathrine Latu cleared to play for the Silver Ferns at July's world championships.

Latu played for Samoa at the 2007 world champs and won't be eligible for New Zealand, where she was born, until after this year's tournament in Singapore.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland says Netball NZ's application to have the Northern Mystics player's case heard came too late and they should've come to them when the sport's international governing body IFNA made its initial ruling 18 months ago.

However Netball NZ chief executive Raelene Castle says they took legal advice on the matter and believe they handled things correctly.

Castle says they have no further course of appeal and a replacement for Cathrine Latu will be named in a couple of weeks.