Threats force police to protect Norma Plummer

00:13, Apr 15 2014
Norma Plummer
THREATENED: Police took measures to ensure the safety of West Coast Fever netball coach Norma Plummer in Dunedin.

Police took measures to protect West Australian netball coach Norma Plummer during her team's visit to Dunedin, following threats made by a resident.

Plummer, a successful former Australian national coach, has sometimes riled fans on this side of the Tasman with her blunt comments.

The threat against her was made late last year in a posting on her personal website, a statement last night from the West Coast Fever and Netball Western Australia said.

Investigations revealed the person who made the threat was a Dunedin resident.

Netball WA contacted the Australian Federal Police ahead of the Fever's visit to Dunedin for last weekend's game against the Southern Steel, which the Steel won by a single goal.

Australian police had contacted their New Zealand counterparts "to ensure appropriate measures were put in place ahead of the team's arrival and during their stay", the statement said.

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The Fever are now in Tauranga preparing for their game against the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic this Sunday.

The Steel, who hosted the match at the Edgar Centre, had not been told about the situation.

The Steel confirmed this morning that the Fever had made no mention of the threat and no additional security had been arranged.

Trans-Tasman competition games in Invercargill and Dunedin have three security staff attached to them, whose duties include keeping people away from the team benches and off the court at the end of the game.

Fairfax Media