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Silver Ferns defender retires

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/06/2017

Evergreen Silver Ferns defender Anna Harrison has announced her retirement from international netball.

Harrison, 34, accumulated 88 caps for New Zealand over a career which spanned 15 years.

She made her debut against South Africa as a 19-year-old in 2002, going on to contest two World Cups and three Commonwealth Games.

She was a member of the 2003 World Cup-winning New Zealand team in Jamaica, also winning silver at the 2011 event in Singapore.

Harrison also won Commonwealth Games gold with the Silver Ferns in Melbourne in 2006 and New Delhi four years later.

Five years ago, Harrison was also responsible for developing the controversial defensive move which bears her name.

The Harrison hoist, a lifting manoeuvre to deflect goal-bound shots, is similar to that used in rugby lineouts. It is effective but difficult to achieve consistently, and has been used only sporadically at international level.

Harrison also retired from netball in 2007, spending three seasons on the international beach volleyball circuit, and also took time away from sport for the birth of her two children.

Harrison will continue to play in the national netball premiership for the Northern Mystics.

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