Tactix slammed for time taken over new coach

GEOFF LONGLEY
Last updated 05:00 19/07/2014
Liz Ellis
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CRITICAL: Former Australian captain Liz Ellis thinks the Tactix have taken too long to appoint a new coach.

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Former Australian captain Liz Ellis is critical of the Tactix organisation over the length of time taken to appoint their coach for the next trans-Tasman championship season.

Ellis, now a media commentator, said whoever received the job, reportedly between Australian Sue Hawkins or current Tactix assistant Julie Seymour, they were on the back foot.

An announcement is expected in the next few days. 

''Teams are approaching players all over the place now and the Tactix needed to be on the front foot,'' Ellis said.

''They needed to have this decided as early as possible so they were organised and quick off the mark with their recruiting. Otherwise all they will be able to get is the leftovers that no-one else wants.''

Franchises were able to negotiate with players from other teams after the final which was staged on June 22.

''It hasn't helped the Tactix that they have already lost midcourter Jade Clarke [to Sydney],'' Ellis said.

A month has lapsed since, with the Tactix board only meeting this week to try and decide between Hawkins and Seymour -  ith reports were  that the board was split in their choice.

Ellis said the final decision would be an interesting one.

Although Ellis hails from Sydney she was not coached by Hawkins during her career but was aware she was a well-regarded coach.

''Obviously she still wants to coach at the highest level and the ANZ championship is one of those.''

Hawkins, a former shooter with the Australian team in the 1980s and who played 28 tests, currently coaches at the New South Wales Institute of Sport.

She assisted the Swifts in a specialist capacity in 2012 when Lisa Beehag coached there.

Hawkins could not be contacted in Sydney yesterday.

New Zealand netball chief executive Hilary Poole this week acknowledged a dearth of coaches at the highest level in this country and indicated that the next Silver Ferns coach  could likely be an Australian.

She said they would support the decision of the Tactix board in whatever their choice was.

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