Taurua rules out Magic using lift manoeuvre

AARON GOILE
Last updated 05:00 23/05/2012
Anna Harrison
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BLOCK PARTY: Northern Mystics defender Anna Harrison leaps to block a Vixens shot, which has sparked much discussion in netball circles.

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Don't expect to see the netball lift manoeuvre used by the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic any time soon.

Their coach, Noeline Taurua, yesterday confirmed her team hadn't considered applying it, despite being on the end of it for several years in training matches against men's sides.

"To be honest, we haven't even looked into it, we just haven't even entertained the idea of doing that," she said.

Taurua said it was neat to see the move pulled off by the Northern Mystics' Anna Harrison and her lifters Kayla Cullen and Jessica Moulds, but she realised the move was suited to a specific build of player.

"You need a slight person to be able to do that," Taurua said, adding that she couldn't see it becoming a big part of the game.

"It's only got a certain amount of people that can do that, so it's probably limited. But it does add a different value, I think, to the game.

"It's a technical thing as well, so it's not just the idea. I'm just assuming, like with the [rugby] lineout, you just don't chuck people up in the air. So you probably have to put a lot into it to make sure it's technically right."

Taurua ruled out altering the team's recruitment process to look for players who could be effective in pulling off the move, in favour of sticking with what works for them now.

"We probably have a style where we like to go in and attack the ball prior to it actually getting to the shooter. So we like to go out and hunt so when it gets to the shooter it's actually secondary. So no, it won't be a prerequisite of our selection process at all."

Meanwhile, Magic captain Laura Langman has been cleared of any damage to her foot, which she rolled in last weekend's match against the Tactix.

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