Netball still has a full-on Temepara involved

JACOB PAGE
Last updated 05:00 25/05/2013

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Temepara Bailey made a name for herself going at a million miles an hour on a netball court and the hectic pace of her life has not changed since the Silver Fern retired last year.

The former mid-courter, known for her physical approach to the non-contact sport, was the guest speaker at the South Canterbury Sports Awards last night and admitted she did not feel she had slowed since calling it quits.

"I have been super busy but it's been great with all the variety.

"When I sit down and relax, I think that's not really me and that's when I get myself into trouble."

The 37-year-old has made the transition into coaching clinics and television commentary for the trans-Tasman netball competition, though she said it was tough to cover her beloved Northern Mystics' current form slump.

"Every time they play, it just squeezes my heart and now having to commentate on the Mystics, it's really different," she said.

"I've had the producer in my ear several times telling me ‘it's not we anymore, it's them', so it is really hard."

The 89-test veteran said she could see both sides of the argument when it came to the appointment of former Australian goal shoot Vicki Wilson as assistant coach for the Silver Ferns.

"I think it's really good for the players in the team, especially those in the attacking end.

"She was an amazing player herself and, if you look at the ANZ Championship, our shooters have probably taken a step back and she could be the one who could identify little things which could be changed in players' games . . . and on the other side you have people thinking ‘why can't we develop our own coaches?' "

Bailey said the players' approach to the game, combined with professionalism, was the biggest change she noticed over her 15-year career.

"The game is faster, it's become more physical and umpires are letting a lot more go.

"Players are faster, fitter and stronger."

Bailey said she would always be involved in netball in some capacity but she was unsure whether she would coach to a high level.

"When it comes to coaching I always ask myself whether I'd like to coach a player like me?

"The answer is always no."

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- The Timaru Herald

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