The controversial Super Shot looks set to stay in the Suncorp Super Netball after superstar Collingwood Magpie Ash Brazill and new Netball Australia CEO Kelly Ryan confirmed they are fans of the change.
The rule was suddenly introduced to the SSN competition in 2020, with little to no warning for players, fans and officials. Essentially, a goal scored from a designated zone is considered a two-point goal in the final five minutes of each quarter.
While fans have remained vocal about their distaste for the rule, Magpie and Diamonds mid-courter, and fan favourite, Ash Brazill said she backed the rule in on the latest Centre Court Show.
“I actually think everyone is a fan of the Super Shot,” she told co-host Bianca Chatfield in the discussion.
“I know people say they are not. But when you are on the court and someone shoots a two-pointer, you can not hear anything on the court – the crowd erupts.
“I wish I was able to take the shot, it doesn’t just flip the game, it brings the crowd into it.”
Interestingly, CEO Ryan said she was a fan and the Vixens victory over Lightning was a good example of the excitement it can bring.
“I do, I actually do [like the Super Shot] and it played out last weekend,” she said on the panel.
“A prime example of how it can flip a game and you know, again, it is the sentiment and excitement that if you are going to attract an audience you have to try things that are a little bit different.
“The core is still netball… and as long as it stays true to the fundamentals of it, we should continue to explore other ways to evolve it.
“Let’s throw it all out there and have a good go.”
The Centre Court Show airs on YouTube every week and is hosted by former Diamonds and Vixens superstar Bianca Chatfield and cross-code Magpies and Diamonds legend Ash Brazill.