TTNL continues to drag its heels over Plummer

HAMISH BIDWELL
Last updated 05:00 19/04/2013
Norma Plummer
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BLUNT ASSESSMENT: West Coast Fever coach Norma Plummer has lobbed several verbal grenades at New Zealand players and coaches alike as trans-Tasman tempers continue to flare.

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The Trans-Tasman Netball League Ltd continues to do an amateur job of running a professional competition.

It's more than a week since West Coast Fever coach Norma Plummer sounded off at all and sundry and yet TTNL still can't decide if her comments contravened their code of conduct.

The reason, said TTNL general manager Andy Crook, was that his operations team only meets once a week, on a Wednesday. The Dominion Post published Plummer's forthright views on a Thursday, meaning it wasn't till two days ago that the league's operations people had a chance to discuss what the former Australian national coach said.

"So I've not been briefed on those discussions as yet," Crook said from Christchurch where he and the league's franchise chief executives have been meeting.

Plummer's opinions, and the way she portrayed them, would appear be of the sort that TTNL would seek to punish. Crook is well aware of what Plummer had to say, but doesn't have a personal view on whether it was appropriate.

"You know I can't comment on that. All I can say is that there's processes in place to deal with those sorts of things and the guys who need to deal with it - the operations team - are dealing with it," he said.

Crook said the operations team comprises one person in Australia and another in New Zealand and didn't feel the pair ought to have discussed Plummer's situation sooner or been quicker to come to a decision.

"No, I wouldn't say there's a delay."

Instead of making criticisms in the media, players and coaches have been strongly advised to use the proper channels, which include talking to match delegates and umpires or writing to TTNL in situations where they have serious concerns.

It's understood Central Pulse coach Robyn Broughton followed those protocols on April 2, when she sent a letter to TTNL outlining her displeasure at what she believed was a deliberate act of foul play by Queensland Firebirds captain Laura Geitz on Pulse shooter Donna Wilkins.

Broughton won't discuss the matter, but it's understood she's still waiting to hear back from TTNL.

"I won't comment on that particular case," said Crook.

"The league operations guys, if anything comes out of their reviews they'll escalate that to me and I won't go into any detail on any cases [through the media]."

Nor would Crook disclose why TTNL is so scared of having any sort of laundry aired in the media and why teams have been told to keep quiet too.

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