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Ferns coach keeps communication lines open

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/09/2016 Cathy Walshe

McCausland-Durie and coach Janine Southby are facing just their sixth game in charge when New Zealand meet Jamaica in Rotorua on Saturday. © Teaukura Moetaua/Getty Images McCausland-Durie and coach Janine Southby are facing just their sixth game in charge when New Zealand meet Jamaica in Rotorua on Saturday. A 30-minute run at wing defence left Yvette McCausland-Durie a little short of breath after Silver Ferns training in Rotorua ahead of the third netball Test against Jamaica on Saturday.

But it wasn't a lack of fitness that had the 43-year-old assistant coach puffing after she took the court to fill a gap when Silver Ferns training partner Monica Falkner was unavailable through illness.

"What I really liked about it was the ability to talk to them while you're there. - I did more talking than running, to be fair," she told NZ Newswire afterwards.

"They were probably thinking 'oh, she's still alive. That's good'."

McCausland-Durie says taking the court as a coach, even briefly, offers a completely different perspective.

"You can get close to the circle, you can see all the way through, and when you're working with people in combination, you can be calling them."

McCausland-Durie and coach Janine Southby are facing just their sixth game in charge when New Zealand meet Jamaica in Rotorua on Saturday.

The pair are working with a new-look side which has an experienced midcourt, but rookie combinations in both the defensive and shooting circles.

Nevertheless, the Kiwis have stacked up 72-34 and 61-38 wins over the world No.4 Jamaicans, who are also in a rebuilding phase.

But with a four-Test series against Australia looming, McCausland-Durie says it's important the Silver Ferns continue to work hard on their lines of communication.

"They maybe don't talk to each much when they play - things are moving so quickly, you're having to think so much about your own job under pressure so you get into your own game.

"I wasn't really doing a lot, so it was easy for me to talk to them, and even get the odd pass here and there."

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