FREMANTLE Netball Association’s open-division team effectively utilised the new rugby lineout-style defensive lift, dubbed the ‘chairlift’, at the member championships last weekend.
Faced with Sri Lanka’s 2.06m tall goal-shooter Tharjini Sivalingam, association spokeswoman Jane Haden said Fremantle goal defender Samantha Doyle successfully hoisted Sarah Watson to intercept several high passes.
“It was almost magical in its beauty watching from the sidelines as Fremantle pulled it off time and time again to the delight of the large number of spectators,” she said.
Haden said the ‘chairlift’ was causing controversy in netball circles and likely to be a hot topic of debate when the netball world governing body met later this month.
“With netball players becoming fitter, faster, taller and stronger than ever before, tactics such as the chairlift seem to be one of the answers to combat tall shooters from getting the ball close to the post,” she said.
Mandurah Netball Association has banned the tactic from their Saturday competition.