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Harrison resurrects hoist for Silver Ferns

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/10/2016 Cathy Walshe

Timing will be everything if Anna Harrison's game-changing hoist is to make a return to international netball in Thursday's final Constellation Cup match against Australia in Invercargill.

But the rangy 33-year-old defender, whose career encompasses the longest time span of any current Silver Fern, knows all about good timing.

She has had four stints in the black dress since her debut against South Africa in 2002, collecting 82 caps, in a career which has included three years on the international beach volleyball circuit and time out for two children.

In 2012, Harrison and teammate Jess Moulds used the controversial hoist twice with impressive success in the Northern Mystics' trans-Tasman netball league win over the Melbourne Vixens.

The move requires speed, strength and pinpoint timing as one circle defender lifts another to intercept a shot on goal.

It is used rarely, but Harrison and Phoenix Karaka tested a variation on the hoist at Silver Ferns training on Wednesday.

The Constellation Cup match umpires, running the lines in an intra-squad test game, had no problems with the move and Silver Ferns coach Janine Southby says it's a chance to be used on Thursday.

"The girls are keen to have a go - we were just going to see what reaction we got today, and they were OK with it," she said.

"The big thing is the timing of it. You know how fast the game is so it's not going to happen every time, but it's certainly going to be something we can use going forward."

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