Exclusive: Players told Netball NZ’s review into horror Comm Games they lacked confidence in coaches and themselves

The Commonwealth Games was nothing but a horror show for the Silver Ferns but finally Netball NZ has some answers and solutions to ensure it should never happen again.

Don McKinnon, chairman of the review panel looking into the campaign, says there were multiple issues with the team on the Gold Coast.

"There were some real gaps in what was happening," he said.

"There was no real campaign plan - that should have been picked up by Netball New Zealand."

Head coach Janine Southby has since resigned from her role due to the campaign but made the made move before the review went public.

Netball NZ chief executive Jennie Wyllie says there will be more to the review than just the coaching staff.

"There were a number of things that came out of the review and it sort of said there wasn't one single point of contributing factor that led to the poor performance at the Commonwealth Games."

Players 1 NEWS spoke to today said the panel heard they had a lack of confidence in the coaches and themselves dating back to last year.

They also questioned Southby's philosophy of a player led culture, especially when only four of the players had been to a pinnacle event before.

Wyllie says Netball NZ will be looking further into the claims.

"There is going to be a phase two of the review and that gives us the opportunity to drill deeper."

The panel highlighted four areas that should be considered as part of that second phase, with the key issue being the eligibility rules that saw New Zealand's best player, Laura Langman, shut out from selection.

Players also questioned recently-resigned coach Janine Southby’s player-led culture philosophy. Source: 1 NEWS


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'It was inevitable' - Jenny-May Clarkson's verdict on Janine Southby quitting Silver Ferns

Former Silver Fern player Jenny-May Clarkson says the team will be in a better position now Janine Southby has quit as coach.

The 1 NEWS sports presenter gave her verdict on Southby stepping down from her role as Silver Ferns coach shortly after the news broke tonight.

"It was inevitable that Janine Southby was either going to resign with what came out of the independent review, or that she would have been asked to resign," she said.

"I think the right thing has been done in terms of the coach position, now it's about finding someone who can replace her seeing as they have the world champs coming up next year."

She believes the move is a good one for the team.

"I think the Ferns were in such a position that anything they do from this point on is positive for the team after the fourth place result at the Commonwealth Games."

Netball New Zealand CEO Jennie Wyllie said, "Earlier today I accepted Janine Southby’s resignation from her role as Silver Ferns head coach.

"I would like to acknowledge the contribution that Janine has made and thank her for her hard work. Janine remains a key member of the netball family, a fine coach and we look forward to having the opportunity to work with her in the future," she said.

New Zealand failed to win a Commonwealth Games medal for the first time earlier this year.

Southby said in a statement today she takes full responsibility for the failure. "I am very sad to have reached this point," she said.

"We were at a real point of transition when I was appointed and I believed it would take time to make the necessary change.

"Over the last two years I have worked hard to develop a high performance culture based on accountability and self-responsibility. I felt we were making steps in the right direction however, I have to acknowledge this hasn’t happened as quickly or as well as I would have liked.

"The results we were able to deliver through the transition were unacceptable and far less than what we were aiming for. As head coach, I have to front up to my own responsibility in producing those results and I have. I’m as gutted as anyone that we couldn’t produce the results we aimed for."

Netball New Zealand said the process for appointing a new Silver Ferns coach "will commence immediately" with the Netball Quad Series coming up in September before next year's World Cup in July.
 

Southby announced she is stepping down after a horror run for the team. Source: 1 NEWS

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Silver Ferns coach Janine Southby quits after horror 2018 season that saw team miss out on Comm Games medal

Silver Ferns head coach Janine Southby has resigned from her role in the wake of Netball NZ's independent review into the side's poor Gold Coast Commonwealth Games campaign.

Netball New Zealand CEO Jennie Wyllie said, "Earlier today I accepted Janine Southby’s resignation from her role as Silver Ferns head coach.

"I would like to acknowledge the contribution that Janine has made and thank her for her hard work. Janine remains a key member of the Netball family, a fine coach and we look forward to having the opportunity to work with her in the future," she said.

New Zealand failed to win a Commonwealth Games medal for the first time earlier this year. 

Southby said in a statement today she takes full responsibility for the failure.

"I am very sad to have reached this point," she said.

"We were at a real point of transition when I was appointed and I believed it would take time to make the necessary change.

"Over the last two years I have worked hard to develop a high performance culture based on accountability and self-responsibility. I felt we were making steps in the right direction however, I have to acknowledge this hasn’t happened as quickly or as well as I would have liked.

"The results we were able to deliver through the transition were unacceptable and far less than what we were aiming for. As head coach, I have to front up to my own responsibility in producing those results and I have. I’m as gutted as anyone that we couldn’t produce the results we aimed for.

Netball New Zealand said the process for appointing a new Silver Ferns coach "will commence immediately" with the Netball Quad Series coming up in September before next year's World Cup in July.

Louisa Wall believes the Southby has lost the trust of the players following the Commonwealth Games.
Source: 1 NEWS


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