“We’ve been adaptable around the two-point shot, we’ve been adaptable around returning to training and around COVID-19 so this is just one more thing to put in the folder,” she said. “We are giving the league a bit of time with, obviously, what has been a crazy few months as they’re still working out the final details.”
On Sunday, the league woke up to news all teams outside Queensland would be moved to the Sunshine Coast, amid rising COVID-19 cases in Victoria and NSW.
A number of players are giving up part-time work, study and other commitments to make the move, but are yet to be told by the league when they will be required to travel.
Super Netball said more clarity would be given on the Super Shot in coming days, once the new schedule is finalised on Thursday or Friday.
On Wednesday, the Giants practised the Super Shot despite the lack of clarity about the rule.
Young gun Kiera Austin said there were a number of technical points that needed to be worked through.
“If you step from the one-point into the two-point, whether that’s considered a two-point … if the ball’s in the air on five minutes … does it count as a two-pointer if it has gone through after the five minutes?” she said.
Austin said players are hoping when there is five minutes left on the clock the hoop will light up and a siren or music would be played to alert players.
The uncertainty around how the Super Shot will work has added insult to injury over the contentious change. The entire Super Netball playing group was opposed to the new rule when it was announced in June.
Collectively, Australia’s professional netballers sent a letter to the competition bosses arguing they were not consulted on the change. The players were also angered by the timing of the rule tweak amid the pandemic.
“Having to adjust our game so close to the season, there has been a lot of change,” Austin said. “The Super Shot was completely a blindsided thing that was just out of the blue … we’re taking the perspective now that anything can happen now and it is completely out of our control.”
The Giants are hopeful some matches will still be played in Sydney. The Giants and the Swifts have been told to prepare for a 24-hour travel turnaround to Queensland if the COVID-19 situation worsens and the border is closed.
“We’ve all accepted that we will be in Queensland for a good chunk of time … we are slowly coming to terms with the fact,” Austin said.
Sarah is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.