Giants’ Kim Green has more reason than most Super Netball captains to be excited for the new season.Giants captain Kim Green is wary of Super Netball’s radical new scoring system but hopes it becomes an engaging element for fans.
Teams can earn up to eight points per match under a modified points set-up to debut when the competition’s second season kicks off this weekend.
Four points will be awarded for a victory and two for a draw, along with a point to the winner of each quarter.
Green described the new system as “interesting”.
“The players in particular are very concerned about the development of players coming through,” Green said.
“You’re probably not going to see changes in the last quarter if you’re up by 10 just to get those players on. That was our main concern.
“But in terms of giving another element to the game it’s really cool to get the spectators to get around it.
“I think they’re a little bit confused at the moment but once the season starts, I think, they’ll be really relishing it.”
Another major change is allowing basketball-style coaching from the sidelines for the first time, while numerous minor alterations include doubling the number of permitted timeouts from two to four.
Green will finally return to action on Saturday to lead the Giants in their grand final rematch against reigning premiers Sunshine Coast Lightning.
It comes 14 months after the mid-court lynchpin and former Diamonds vice-captain had surgery on her ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
“I’ve been in rehab for about nine months, so yeah I’m over it and ready to get out there,” Green said.
“Playing Sunshine Coast will give us an idea of how our pre-season has gone, if we’ve done enough work.
“To go up against the best is really important and to do that round one we’ll know straight away where we stand.”
Australian Associated Press